By Babette Ten Haken, One Millimeter Mindset™ Speaking Programs, NSA-MI Director of Strategic Relationships & Member Experience
When you read the word RESPECT, how many of you start singing and dancing to one of Aretha Franklin’s greatest (if not the greatest) signature songs? Do you hear the voice of The Queen of Soul when you read the word RESPECT? The impact of the singer and the song is enduring.
Can you recall the first time you heard that song? What were you doing? How has that song traveled along life’s road with each of you? Have the meaning and the significance of the lyrics changed, as you move forward in your speaker life?
Respect has two definitions:
- A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements; and
- Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
Regardless of what stage each of you is in your professional development as a Speaker of Worth, our chapter members respect each other. First, because each of us fully understands and respects the endless hours of professional intensity we devote to perfecting the art and craft and business of speaking. Second, because each of us respects the traditions, beliefs, actions, and values espoused by the National Speakers Association in guiding us toward our goal of delivering the spoken word at the highest level of professional integrity.
Our goal, as we all discover, is to deliver far more than a perfectly memorized, well-rehearsed speech about, well, anything. The objective, as Speakers of Value, is to create a conversation with an audience that endures beyond our time together in a room somewhere. Our target is creating a message and a conversation that sticks with audiences; that travels alongside them throughout their lives.
RESPECT is one of those iconic songs; isn’t it? We dance, no matter whether we are feeling up or down! Because the song moves us forward, even when we think we are stuck. The same is true of the hard work all of us invest into creating signature keynotes about key themes. Themes created, not because we needed “something” to talk about to an audience. Rather, our signature themes are born because each of us has a distinct, singular message that only we can deliver. A message that can stick with an audience. A message which can endure. Our relentless pursuit of discovering, capturing, and continuously refining our signature message is what continuously brings us together throughout each year. A community which respects one another.