>I just returned from the Annual Conference of the National Speakers Association (NSA). This is by far the most powerful meeting/learning opportunity I take part in each year. That is saying a lot as I am dedicated to learning. I study and write everyday, attend at least two webinars a week, and I travel to meetings and conferences two or three times each year.

While I value every learning opportunity I have, I find the NSA National Conference one of the most valuable. Why? This conference is all about innovation, creativity, hard work, action and implementation. We hear speakers from all over the world take the stage and motivate us with new ideas, stories of personal responsibility and overcoming extreme obstacles. I always leave armed with a list of strategies to implement in my business, techniques to share with my clients, and unparallelled motivation to overcome any challenge I may face.

I take detailed notes in every session, and I come away with notebooks full of information and ideas. This year,  three sessions in particular truly impacted me. The first was by Joachim De Posada , where he spoke about the lessons in his  best selling book “Don’t Eat The Marshmallow” This is the story to the secrets to success: hard work, dedication, delayed gratification and passion. This book is based on a study done with a group of four year olds, their ability to delay eating a marshmallow in the hopes that they would get two, and the interesting journey of success (or lack of) in their lives. This is such a powerful, yet simple message. Read more at www.donteatthemarshmallowyet.com 

W. Mitchell, the story and the man to say the least made an impact. I was lucky enough to attend a “Meet The Pros Session” with this award winning speaker. W. Mitchell’s focus is change, and helping people breakout of prisons and old mindsets. Beyond even his story and his speeches, just his presence and attitude are unbelievably motivating. He is tough, no excuses and a personal responsibility type of man.  I encourage you to watch his video, read his website, and use his story to motivate you to reach new heights. http://www.wmitchell.com 

 The third was Karen Cortell Reisman, she is Albert Einstein’s cousin. Her story focused around the personal letters Albert Einstein wrote to her  mother. Included in this, she shared the story of her family, one  of resiliency, hope and acceptance of change during the Holocaust and World War II.  Her message featured her equation for making change work: Change = Acceptance + Attitude + Action. The stories, the letters and the messages from both sides of her family had quite a solid deliverable that each of us could truly use in our professional and personal lives right now. This is the story of what it takes to make it through turbulent times and how to access it within yourself.  Learn more: http://karencortellreisman.com

The conference was powerful, ideas plentiful, and the impact it will have on my business is nothing short of extremely positive! During changing times give yourself the gift of time to be motivated, inspired, and pushed to take action. The return on investment will be more than worth the effort!