We kick off a series of posts on our blog so that all our new (and old) members have an opportunity to get to know our 2014 CAPS Manitoba Chapter Executive Team.
First up, is our member at large and chapter librarian, Stephanie Staples of Your Life Unlimited. Did you know that we had a Resource Library for all our members to access at each event? Last year, Stephanie handled the CAPS Manitoba programming and brought in a ton of great monthly speakers.
The definition for member at large is, an individual representative to the Council who has been elected by the community as a whole to represent stakeholders not represented.
Each of our Board members will be answering these same six questions, and here are Stephanie’s responses…
When did you first join CAPS?
How long have you been a member?
What motivated you to join?
I joined to CAPS for more than 5 years, but less than ten. I’m not a numbers girl! I came to CAPS because my mentor, Benita Stafford-Smith said I needed to be here. I had no idea what CAPS was, or why I “needed” to be here, but I trusted her opinion, so I came. It was one of my best business moves ever.
How have you used the information shared at past CAPS events to enhance your business?
One of the stellar things I have taken aways from CAPS is pairing my speaking work with my philanthropic work. A win-win for all!
What was your biggest speaking epiphany this past year?
What I know for sure is that there is a lot more that I don’t know than that I do know – both about speaking, people, and life in general!
What stands out for you most in the CAPS Code of Ethics?
It’s too hard to pick just one issue from the code of ethics – they work together as a whole and speak of one word to me – integrity – come from a place of integrity.
What is your favourite professional speaker video link?
Michelle Cederberg has the best Youtube videos in my opinion, they are not her speaker demo reels but they are light, funny and hit her point home.
What do you remember most about our 10th Annual Speaker School last year?
From last year’s speaker school, I remember the vocal warm-up exercises from Nabil Doss (CAPS Canada President 2013). I have his easily-accessible exercises on index cards, and keep them in my radio and speakers bags. Also, how to make your p’s not pop when speaking into a microphone (say it as a ‘b’), I use that all the time.
What’s Speaker School? Save the whole day of Friday, March 14th if you’re serious about growing your speaking career! More details will appear on our Events webpage soon!