Last weekend many of our CAPS Manitoba members had the opportunity to attended not only CAPS Canada’s National Convention, but also the International meeting of some of the world’s top speakers at the Global Speakers Summit (GSS). Here’s an overview of all of their aha’s and favourite moments.
The GSS was a wonderfully, culturally-rich experience for me! Our international friends were very impressed with Canada as a host country!
The speakers were pretty stellar overall, as were the entertainers, our own Anders Boulanger, being one of them!
My personal favourites were Dr. John Demartini — I wanted to put him in my suitcase.
Richard McCann, he’s also very huggable…and I think I did hug him – and maybe even dripped some coffee on him in the process.
Ralph Kilmann‘s message was very timely – and I believe, one of the most important messages for our time. His message, and one to which I have aligned my work, can truly change the world.
My favourite part of the weekend was connecting with CAPS Manitoba participants and meeting other speakers, facilitators and trainers from across Canada and around the world.
I was moved by a couple of great speakers – Toni Newman “Survival of the Fittest: Are We Ready?” and Richard McCann “The Spoken Word Can Change the World”. Their stories were powerful and kept my emotions engaged.
For me what made the difference this year was the variety of speaker presenters and I loved running into CAPS Manitoba participants everywhere to share something we took away from our sessions. I also thought our Rising Star speaker Debbie Pokornik did a terrific job on her presentation and in representing CAPS Manitoba.
I’ve taken away many things from this event…..but one workshop facilitated by Bob Pike has given me some new tools to add to my toolbox for workshops which is of great value. I have already signed up for the CAPS conference next year in Toronto! I am going to be there.
Toni Newman knocked my socks off. She left me feeling inspired, challenged, emotionally raw and absolutely in awe of her presentation skills. She reminded us that our job as speakers is to ‘reset the default’ by providing opportunity for value based change. She challenged us to create, demonstrate and deliver value by being provocative, truthful and authentic (among other things). She ended with a beautiful, risky and seductive rant – that resonated with every bit of me and left me emotionally on fire. There were many other fantastic presentations, but Toni’s I will carry in my heart for a long, long time.
I was honoured to be the rising star for our chapter…it was an amazing experience. Getting up in front of four distinguished judges and providing a taste of my best stuff for them – and the room full of people – created a roller coaster of emotions; vulnerability, appreciation, uncertainty, empowerment. There were many gems provided by the judges to all the rising stars and I soaked in every bit that I could. The overwhelming support from the Manitoba Team as well as other CAPS members who I’ve come to know through the Conventions was like the “cherry on top” of an already incredible experience. Thanks for allowing me to represent us!
Such a diverse group of people all connected through speaking. I liked the message that as speakers, we have the power to lead change in the world by impacting our audiences! Toni Newman lit up the stage!
For me the GSS was a intensely personal experience, despite being surrounded by people the entire time. I found the messages that I needed to hear were echoed again and again in breakouts, on the MainStage, in the hallways and beyond. I loved the international component and meeting speakers from all over the world. I came home refreshed, renewed and ready to rock and roll!
I picked up so many interesting nuggets of information at the GSS Convention…but my biggest take away was the message to disturb – to create tension in our audience to get them thinking, feeling or acting differently. That message was reinforced by Toni Newman‘s brilliant keynote where she challenged us to be outrageously courageous. She used the convention to retire her ladder and set off in a new direction. To see her inducted into the Hall of Fame was a fitting tribute to one of the amazing leaders in our CAPS and Global family.
And to wrap up this recap from GSS, have a peek at this 1:12 Youtube video from some of the international attendees.