When was the last time you took the time to show appreciation for your “Cavett.”
Let me explain. This week, I attended Influence 2018, which is the annual convention of the National Speakers Association. In addition to the great tips I pick up, the amazing speakers I learn from, and the connections I make, it’s truly a big family reunion! I’ve been a member for over 15 years and I look forward to attending each year to reconnect, in person, with my NSA family. (NSA – we’re the ones who talk, not the ones who listen. :))
While we were there, our convention chairs Jill Schiefelbein and Corey Perlman, took a few moments to show appreciation for their “Cavetts.” You see, Cavett Robert was the Founder of our association. He passed away a couple of years before I joined, but he was a true visionary who encouraged members of his (then) small association to stop fighting over pieces of the pie and work together to build a bigger pie. His original vision remains today as NSA is one of the few associations where direct competitors share freely and generously. It’s truly remarkable.
Cavett Robert was famous for recognizing the greatness in others and warmly welcoming them into the fold. Jill and Corey challenged us to find those people who welcomed us into the association and show appreciation for them by telling them, thanking them and celebrating them on Facebook.
Would you indulge me while I tell you about mine?
Then I’m going to challenge you to show appreciation for yours and give you a few ideas as to how.
I found the National Speakers Association through a Yahoo search (this was pre-Google) and nervously attended my first Central Florida chapter meeting. I had done one paid speech for a whopping $50.o0 at that time and wasn’t sure if I’d fit in with all the professionals. Barry Banther (who was just named Vice President of NSA!!!!) was the membership chair of the chapter and the first person I met when I walked in the door. He greeted me warmly and then asked me to stand by the registration table and greet everyone else who walked in. By giving me that volunteer role immediately, I instantly felt like part of the group and knew I was home! Barry has mentored me throughout the years and was even responsible for me getting my first consulting engagement, by outlining a process on a napkin and handing it to me. The next week a prospective customer called, I sent a proposal based on Barry’s suggestions, and voila I was hired!
My other Cavett is my dear, dear friend Speaker Hall of Fame member David Glickman. When I first started speaking, business was slow at first. I needed something on the side to earn money while I continued to market my speeches. My coach at the time, Kathy Potts, asked me where I could earn money AND learn about the speaking business at the same time. So, I sent out an email to a bunch of speakers I had met at that chapter meeting and asked if they needed an assistant. David responded and hired me to work part time in his office. I worked for him for about a year and during that time, in addition to a regular paycheck, he gave me guidance on how to build a speaking business and how to be a better speaker. I would never be where I am today without him.
Throughout the years, David has opened many doors for me. We were in a Mastermind group for several years together and he remains my best friend in the association. It was such a pleasure to see him, his beautiful wife Susan and one of their sons, Sam, at Influence this year – and I was able to show appreciation for both him and Barry in person!
So, what about you? Who’s your Cavett?
Of course, you may not be a member of NSA. However, you have someone in your life who took you under their wing and helped you grow! You’ve got people who welcomed you at work, or challenged you to rise beyond your self-imposed limitations.
My challenge to you is to think about one or two of those people, reach out and show your appreciation. Tell them exactly how they helped you. You can do this in person, on the phone, via a letter or a social media post.
Also, if you feel led, I’d love it if you would leave a comment below and share the story of your “Cavett” with me and the readers of this blog. In an age where so much on the internet seems so negative, let’s take the time to lift people up and show appreciation for those who have paved the way for our success.
Who’s your Cavett?