President's Letter | NOVEMBER 2020
Our program year is in full swing! Make sure you are with us for all the exciting events.
We're all seeking ways to better connect with our virtual audiences. Join experts Dean Heffta and Catherine Johns on November 13 to learn how to do just that! Gather their tips on how to be memorable and effective on those tiny screens. Virtual skills are a must in today's speaking industry. All the great tech won't help if you can't make a compelling connection. You'll come away with practical insights on how to keep your virtual audiences engaged so you can have the big impact that builds your reputation.
Our chapter values diversity, equality, and inclusion
This topic has been not only a focus of our national organization, but of our local Illinois chapter as well. We are seeking to make strides in welcoming diverse voices in programming, our membership, and our leadership. You will see this manifest itself in many ways throughout our program year and beyond. If you would like to read more about our plans, values, and goals, click on the link below to read the chapter's full diversity, equity, and inclusion position statement available on our website.
It's the month for sitting down at (virtual) tables!
While we can't offer you a Thanksgiving spread, we do hope to feast on your feedback! Be on the lookout for an invitation you might receive to attend one of our new member roundtables. These are small group meetings to gather more feedback from you, our members, to help us continue to improve member offerings and hear your great ideas! Each month, we'll invite 4-5 members to join us on a video chat. These invitations will be random, but we plan on hearing from as many members as possible this year so watch your email and please say "yes"! Jeannie Walters or Marti Konstant from the Membership Experience Committee will be reaching out individually. Thank you for helping us make NSA-IL even better! (Pie not included—but you can always bring your own...)
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