Next up on the profiling of our 2014 CAPS Executive Team is our President – Rolande Kirouac of Spadrole – Leading with Laughter (loosely translated “It’s Not Funny”). You can learn more about Rolande’s vision on her President’s Message for 2014.
When did you first join CAPS? What motivated you to join?
I joined in 2007 because I wanted to learn everything I could about the professional speaking business. That same year, I went to the NSA conference in Denver, Colorado. I was sitting in this huge meeting room with over 500 people at the opening ceremonies, and I remember thinking to myself: “I think I can do this…. I can be a professional speaker just like everybody else in this room – HA!”
How have you used the information shared at past CAPS events to enhance your business?
The CAPS events that help me the most are the events where we bring in professional speakers that also have a training background. That has helped me move from being a trainer to creating a keystone speaking career.
What was your biggest speaking Epiphany this past year?
I’m an introvert, and need to bring that part of me, with me, to the stage.
What stands out for you most in the CAPS Code of Ethics?
Excellent question – the Code of Ethics is something I reviewed when I joined, and I haven’t really checked it out since. Did you know that CAPS has a “pledge”? I didn’t! I copied this from the website:
To this end, CAPS members subscribe to this Professional Pledge.
- I pledge myself to honesty and to honour my commitments; to continuously advance my professional expertise to ensure service to my clients shall always be maintained at the highest possible level.
- I pledge myself to seek and maintain an equitable, honourable and cooperative association with fellow members of the association, its partners, and with all others who may become a part of my business and professional life.
- I pledge myself to comply with the standards of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as set forth in its Bylaws and this Code of Professional Ethics.
What is your favourite professional speaker video link?
Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts. She has a very different speaking style. When I grow up, I want to have my own new and improved speaking style!
What do you remember most about last year’s, our 10th Annual Speaker School?
Kay Stone was great. She inspired me to keep moving forward with my storytelling skills. I have, since then finished the Storytelling Manual at Toastmasters and will be putting on Storytelling Workshops in the near future. Practise, practise practise!
Save-The-Date if you want to learn more about how to become a better speaker – Friday, March 14th, 2014 will be an amazing day to “Follow Your Passion and Position Yourself For Success in 2014!”