Welcome the NSA Carolinas!
President's Message, Jane Jenkins Herlong, CSP
“What?! Give up my Saturday to go to a local NSA/Carolina’s Chapter Meeting?” Have you ever asked yourself this question? I have. To be honest, I did not attend NSA/Carolinas' Meetings for several years as I had school-age children in the house, I was busy speaking and had other family responsibilities. I attended the National Speakers Association Con-ventions, their workshops and I earned my CSP, (Certified Speaking Professional Designation) And, truthfully, I thought that I did not need my perceived idea of elementary speaking topics offered on the local chapter level. I was wrong.
A few years ago, Patrick Henry, CSP called and asked if I would serve as his Vice President of Programs for his year as Chapter President. I thought, “How do I say no to one of the sons of my dear, departed friend, Robert Henry, CSP, CPAE?” So, I went back home to NSA/Carolinas where it all began for me in 1990. And, in the year 2011, I was hooked! After being absent for many years, I realized by returning to NSA/Carolinas how much I did not know. Willey Jolley, CSP, CPAE said it best, “Jane, I am learning so much from kids in their 20’s wearing jeans, shirt-tails out and worn-out tennis shoes. We better pay attention.”
My business has grown considerably from attending NSA/Carolinas Meetings. Simply put, NSA/Carolinas is a place to learn what’s new and how to grow your business from programs featuring NSA 's main platform speakers. At NSA Conventions, these speakers are not accessible for a conversation. But at the NSA/Carolinas Meeting, I can have valuable sit-down conversations with the speakers in our industry offering a world of information without the travel and expense. NSA/C is a community of folks who share their expertise and offer amazing information. I can honestly say that I cannot put a value on attending the NSA/Carolinas Meetings for cutting-edge information. This is why my theme for the year is Re-Defining Excellence. You are missing a great opportunity to grow your business if you decide not to attend. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
I am honored to serve as your NSA/Carolinas President this year. Join us for great information, amazing networking and meaningful fellowship.
Jane Jenkins Herlong, CSP