We had a terrific meeting on Monday, February 11, with an excellent turnout of long-time Speakers Association of Hawaii members, new members, and guests who attended on short notice for the presentation by Holly Duckworth and Eric Szymanski, “How to Increase Your Strength, Pride & Stamina as a Mindful Sales Professional.” It goes to show that if you build it, they will come.

One of the interesting things about this presentation was having it delivered by two people. For your sessions, consider giving them with another person who brings a different point of view but who is complementary to you in personality and style. This creates more interest from the audience instead of only looking at and listening to one person.

The first time I spoke as a team was eighteen years ago when my husband Will and I gave a delightful, humorous talk at our wedding. My upcoming duo presentation will be in April for a national insurance company. They asked me to return after delivering an all-day workshop for them two years ago on managing change. I recommended that they also hire Jeff Owens as I felt his information would be complementary to my presentation. I will be giving a half-day conflict resolution workshop followed by Jeff’s session on preventing work place violence.

Speaking to the same group a second time can be challenging. We need to keep developing new material. Take the time to learn and understand the issues and challenges that your audience faces and create a dynamic new presentation. Use the opportunity to expand the subjects and topics that you speak about.

In my last announcement, I said we would meet again at the end of February. The consensus is that one meeting a month is preferable. Therefore, our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 28. Please mark your calendars. I will send information about the upcoming meeting in the next announcement as well as check out our events page for the latest information.

Thanks to all of you who came to the last meeting. And many thanks to my wonderful team: Thea Marshall, Vice-President, Paulette Williams, Treasurer, and Jamie Champagne, Secretary.

With warmest Aloha,

Annabel Chotzen, President