We continue to profile our 2014 CAPS Executive Team, and today will feature Anna Coleshaw-Echols of GoodToGreat Public Speaking Training. Anna is a ProTrac participant but will quickly be applying as a CAPS Candidate member this year.
Anna is our chapter’s Communications Chair for 2014, which means she’s handles all the content on our website/blog, as well as the majority of the posts on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed. Primarily the Communications Chair is responsible for:
- Arranging internal communication with members
- Preparing and delivering external communication consistent with CAPS national direction and branding
- Responsible for the timely update of Chapter website
- Work with Programming Chair for the promotion of events
You can learn more about all the various Board positions and roles by scrolling through CAPS Canada’s Cool Resources page, click HERE.
When did you first join CAPS? What motivated you to join?
I’m the newcomer to the CAPS Manitoba Board, but I knew at my first meeting last September that the timing was right and that CAPS was the place for me to volunteer and get involved. When you walk away from one of the CAPS monthly meetings with this amazing group of individuals, you feel great, you feel energized, and I knew last September that I wanted to hang out with these people more often. I was invited to check out CAPS by Stephanie Staples in early 2013 and had put off coming out to meet the CAPS members, and boy do I kick myself in the pants now! I wish I’d joined CAPS when I first visited the chapter about 8 years ago.
How have you used the information shared at past CAPS events to enhance your business?
Right now, everything is helping to confirm to me that I am on the right path. I’m not in a hurry to launch my official speaking platform, but every month my vision for GoodToGreat Public Speaking Training becomes clearer. I cannot wait to present my platform at the ProTrac Speaker Showcase in June!
What was your biggest speaking epiphany this past year?
Currently, I’ve handled mostly training events not keynotes. Though in the past I’ve always enjoyed classrooms of 20+ participants, I learned from one of my mentors that 14 participants is the more optimal size for my public speaking program. In testing my week-long course in November, I fell in love with an even smaller group size, which totally surprised me. I found myself thoroughly enjoying assisting my four participants using a daily, group-coaching model.
What stands out for you most in the CAPS Code of Ethics?
“The CAPS member shall treat other professional colleagues with the highest standards of professional courtesy, dignity and respect.” This statement rings truest for me right now. I consider myself to be a person of high integrity, and I endeavour to respect all people. I have found our chapter to uphold these principles along with all of the articles of our Code.
What is your favourite professional speaker video link?
In my last intake, I showed my participants Deri Latimer’s TEDx Manitoba presentation from 2013. I have to say that all the ladies were totally moved by Deri’s vulnerability in sharing her personal life story. Having heard of the challenges that Deri faced leading up to the TEDx event last June in her November presentation at the CAPS event made watching the video and knowing more about Deri so very extra special. CAPS Manitoba is filled with REAL people who are giving souls and who have all walked a unique path to get to where they are.
What do you remember most about our 10th Annual Speaker School last year?
Alas, I did not attend as I was not yet plugged into CAPS Manitoba last March. However, I’m so very excited for the 2014 Speaker School on Friday, March 14th. I cannot wait to spend all day with my CAPS peeps and to learn and grow with them!