The Georgia chapter of the National Speakers Association mission is simply this: We are a supportive community that inspires, educates and provides networking opportunities to those who want to develop their speaking careers or use speaking to enhance their businesses. Our members include professional speakers, aspiring speakers, authors, consultants, salespeople, trainers and vendors for the speaking industry. We meet in the Atlanta area the third Saturday morning each month. You can learn more at www.nsageorgia.org.
“Speaking Insights” is a quarterly program of the Georgia chapter of the National Speakers Association. Each show will feature professional speakers who share their insights on how to succeed in the speaking business.
NSA Georgia president (2013-14) Desmond “Dez” Thornton is an idea enthusiast with a natural ability to transform complex ideas into simple, sequential steps. His passion for words and commitment to service led him to discover his labor of love, professional speaking. He spreads this love by dedicating himself to the advancement of professional and beginner speakers who strive to articulate their vision with the clarity and enthusiasm necessary to inspire action. Dez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an attention-deficient, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-my-Facebook kind of world, the typical business presentation doesn’t measure up. NSA Georgia president (2014-15) Kelly Vandever works with organizations and individuals whose presentations need to get results. An award-winning speaker herself, Kelly helps clients improve their presentations using old school and hi-tech techniques, all while annihilating bullet points and making this world a better place for business audiences everywhere. You can reach Kelly at SpeakingPractically.com, at 770-597- 1108, tweet @KellyVandever, or www.facebook.com/speakingpractically.
Martha Lanier is a nationally recognized keynote speaker who provides entertaining and action-packed programs for women’s events. Since overcoming severe stage fright and her fear of skydiving, becoming an Iron Girl Triathlete at 62 and surviving both breast cancer and a heart attack, she inspires the women in her audiences to use humor, a positive mindset and lifestyle changes to turn their challenges into achievements. Her book, Pink Lemonade: Mastectomy Tips and Insights from a Breast Cancer Survivor, provides hope and courage to women who are newly diagnosed, as well as their family and friends. Martha joined NSA Georgia in 2002 and has served five years on the executive board of directors, including president (2006-2007). She can be reached at www.MarthaLanier.com and 404-216-0586.
Ken Futch is a Certified Speaking Professional and author of Take Your Best Shot – Turning Situations into Opportunities. His message helps businesses become more profitable and employees more productive. A former president of NSA Georgia, Ken has been a full-time speaker for over 25 years. He delivers keynotes and seminars that help individuals recognize and take advantage of the opportunities still obtainable in turbulent times. Audiences often describe him as motivational, Insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny. Ken can be reached at email@example.com or 770 939-6200.