Message from Our President, Robin Levesque
Wow! Can you believe that we are done the first month of 2020 already? I’ve been on a media fast for over 20 years. That means I don’t watch the news and I don’t read the newspapers. I feel that if something is important enough, I will find out through my friends, family and colleagues.
Yet, this month has been filled with out-of-the-ordinary headlines, so I would like to take a moment to remind our members about the importance of resilience. That’s our ability to bounce back from, and thrive through, life’s inevitable setbacks. I think it’s especially relevant to speakers, because we are so connected to our audiences. How we feel has a profound impact on everyone we connect with, because emotions are contagious.
A good resiliency plan has four components: personal, relationship, business and community. First, we need to take great care of ourselves. That means building daily, weekly, even life-long practices that feed the spirit, mind and body.
Second, we have to develop deep meaningful relationships with loved ones, family members, friends and colleagues. After all, human beings are social animals.
Third, we have to invest in our business. As speakers, we are uniquely positioned in this life area, because we tend to share our deep passions with our audiences. That’s how we make our living.
Finally, we have community. That means membership, contribution and how we experience adventures in this wonderful world we live in. And to me, there is no better place than the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers to learn, share, grow and belong together.
Have a wonderful month of February, and I hope to see you at our next live event in Vancouver.
All the best,
CAPS President, BC Chapter
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