A Professional Association is defined as a body of persons engaged in the same profession, formed usually to control entry into the profession, maintain standards, and represent the profession in discussions with other bodies. Or in simple language, it’s a bunch of people who work in the same profession who get together and share ideas that will help them become more competent in their jobs.
One week ago, I had pleasure of attending my 1st National Speaker’s Association (NSA) meeting. It was the Fall Conference held in Phoenix. Wow! I was overwhelmed by the sharing and love and genuine encouragement I received from many of the 400 other attendees and exhibitors and sponsors. Of course, since I walked in wearing a white suit, blue-plaid shirt, Nike sneakers, sporting a bad haircut while carrying an old suitcase and box of chocolates – I sorta had a unique way of capturing the attention of the crowd. So what did I learn?