What inspired you to begin speaking?

My 28 year career in public school education culminated in my having the opportunity as Interim Superintendent to lead and motivate a district of 50,000 students and 5,000 employees. I found success through motivational speaking. I spoke to teachers—administrators—support staff and parents over a period of 15 years about giving their best effort every day to help the students achieve their potential. As a principal—every morning I spoke to the students over the public address system about the importance of Committing to Excellence and having pride in their work—their appearance—and their behaviors. Upon retirement—the national Balfour Company hired me to travel to 25 cities across America to speak to high school faculty members on the topic of “Teacher Heroes”.  My remarks focused on the behaviors and characteristics of great teachers and I was later invited to give this presentation to state and national conferences.

Upon joining the great Stewart Title Company—the CEO of our worldwide company invited me to do a parallel speech about “Manager Heroes” which I presented to companies throughout the Houston Community as well as for the State Bar of Texas at their Summer Conference. Within the last three years—-my topic has shifted to Sales and I now speak on  “Selling Your way to the Top!” and that will be the title of my book! I have been asked countless times how I successfully shifted from a career in education to the corporate world and I always respond that the vast majority of jobs in the world revolve around some type of sales—as a pianist—I sold my music—-as a teacher—I sold my subject and in my current position—I am selling Stewart Title Insurance to Attorneys- Developers-Bankers & Brokers and whether I am meeting with a single client or a room with a 1000 attendees—I am doing my best to motivate everyone in the audience toward success!

What advice do you have for someone who would like to break into the speaking field?

1.   Speak at every opportunity to refine your skills. In my corporate career—I always volunteered to be the Program Chair for my professional organizations because that meant that—once a month–I had the opportunity to  stand in front of a ballroom filled with people and introduce a better known speaker!

2.   If needed—hire a speaking agent to assist in booking speaking opportunities.

3.   Be sure to take your business cards with you when you give remarks so that when someone in the audience asks how they can get in touch with you to speak for their company—you hand them your card and ask for theirs in return.

4.   Practice Practice Practice your remarks —never get up and give a speech without being totally prepared.

5.   Always speak with energy and enthusiasm!

How can women speakers work to promote one another? 

1. Extend an invitation to a professional woman to speak to your team or company.

2. Spread the word about a great presentation you heard given by a woman speaker—“Start the buzz!”

3. Mention them on your website.

4. Introduce them to a speaking agent that you know is excellent.

5. Encourage them to join the GHWCC—Our CEO/President—Suzan Deison— is great about booking members to speak for the yearly conference break-out sessions.

DR. MARY ANN WILKINS

VICE PRESIDENT, SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, STEWART TITLE

What inspired you to begin speaking?

I first started speaking at Conferences as a Bank Executive. I was responsible for the Banks culture and when we were recognized as one of Fortune Magazines Best Places to Work in America I received calls from Conferences all over America.  They asked me to share what it took to create that kind of workplace culture that would be worthy of the best.  I wasn’t getting paid, but I didn’t expect to.  A few years later I left the Bank to start a company to support Leaders in creating high performing organizations.  I started professional speaking as an opportunity to make an impact and to be known in our market. In addition, I love being with an audience and seeing their eyes light up when they see new possibilities for themselves.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to break into the speaking field?

In starting a business I learned:

  1. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Speaking is a business and like building any business I found it takes persistence. You will have to really want it because it takes work.
  2. Get clear what you are committed to long term.  What would it look like if you were successful a year or two down the road?
  1. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Speaking is a business and like building any business I found it takes persistence.  You will have to really want it because it takes work.
  2. Get clear what you are committed to long term.  What would it look like if you were successful a year or two down the road?
  3. Create a plan to achieve your goals and then never, never, never give up.
  4. Identify your audience and what your message is.  Who needs you message and what value does it provide your prospect?
  5.  Learn as much as you can. Join professional organizations like your local National Speakers Associations or Toastmasters.
  6. Don’t try to be someone else.  That won’t  work because someone else already has that gig. Be clear about your unique expertise and how you will use it for growing your business. You will hear lots of opinions about what you should do.  Learn from others and then do what you find works for you.
  7. When you fail and you will have failures ask yourself what can I learn from this? What will I do differently next time? And then get moving.


How can women speakers work to promote one another

Women can promote one another by referring speaking opportunities to each other. In addition, when you hear a women speaker at an event who is awesome, share about them on social media.

Create a referral network of successful women speakers and regularly refer business to each other.

Women speakers are still under represented at conferences.  We must continue to hone our craft, support each other by making referrals and then when you get the opportunity to be on stage Be Awesome!

Here’s to your success!

Bambi McCullough

Leadership Speaker – Coach – Consultant

Www.bambimccullough.com

Bambi@bambimccullough.com

BAMBI McCULLOUGH

CONSULTANT, COACH, CO-FOUNDER, CHRYSALIS PARTNERS

Please share one way the GHWCC has helped you?

I joined the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce at the first opportunity, after the opening luncheon featuring Barbara Bush as keynote speaker. I met Suzan Deison there and recognized her as a “Force” of Nature and her vision for women in business in Houston as very like my own. All these years later I am still grateful to have been in the right place at the right time!

Over these past 11 years, my membership and participation has brought me leadership opportunities, as two time Chair of the Board, Co-chair of the Greater Houston Women’s Conference and the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame Gala, honor as a Breakthrough Woman, connections and support through the Thought Leaders program, friends, personal advisors, and customers for my business through every event and every program.

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce is the place for Women in Business to connect, grow, inspire and be inspired and create our legacy for this great city we love…it is truly ASTOUNDZing!

LEISA HOLLAND-NELSON

CMO, ASTOUNDZ

Please share one way the GHWCC has helped you? 

The GHWCC has surrounded me with people who are outstanding examples of excellence in so many ways; and the most important benefit I’ve received are the friends I’ve made through the Chamber that have become my best friends.  A great example of other benefits include this one:  My very first experience as a leader at a public event with the Chamber resulted in receiving a new business transaction from someone in the audience before the day was over.  Being active in the GHWCC has been one the best investments of my time.

BETH YOUNG

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL

Please share one way the GHWCC has helped you? 

Being a part of the GHWCC has introduced me to countless talented professional women across Houston. We come from diverse industries yet we all have common challenges and accomplishments to share with each other. I have learned from every woman I have met through the GHWCC. I hope that I have also benefited other women I have met, especially young Latinas who are developing their careers.

VERONICA TORRALBA

HEAD OF OPERATIONS SERVICES, AIG

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SPIRIT OF TEXAS BANCSHARES, INC. SHAREHOLDERS ELECT NELDA LUCE BLAIR TO THE BOARD

CONROE, TEXAS – MAY 24, 2019 – Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: STXB) (the “Company” or “Spirit”), the holding company for Spirit of Texas Bank, today announced that Nelda Luce Blair was elected to the Spirit Board of Directors at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders held on May 23, 2019.

Dean O. Bass, Spirit’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with the election of our slate of board members at this year’s annual meeting of shareholders. Ms. Blair has served as a trusted advisor of the Company since March 1, 2019 and we are delighted to add Nelda to the Spirit Board of Directors. She is a fifth-generation Texan, a triple board-certified attorney, owner of The Blair Law Firm, and is very involved in numerous high-profile state and community boards, foundations and committees, including serving on the current Board of Regents at Stephen F. Austin State University. Nelda embodies the Spirit motto of ‘Texans helping Texans’ in her daily life, and I am confident that she will continue to add valuable insights and perspectives as the newest member of our Board.”

Ms. Blair’s legal and professional experience include: President/Owner of The Blair Law Firm since 1987; a legal consultant, local counsel, government liaison, and expert witness; fund raising campaigns for educational awareness; periodic legal commentator on FOXNews, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, Houston FOX 26. Prior to 1987, her career activities included stints at the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office as Prosecutor for Specialized Real Estate Division and legal advisor and liaison for the Commissioners Court/Tax Assessor; associate attorney at Hope & Mayes law firm; and associate attorney at Holbrook, Kaufman & Becker law firm. Ms. Blair received her J. D. from University of Houston Law Center in 1982 after receiving her B. A. (Pre-Law, Economics, Sociology) from Baylor
University in 1980. A graduate of Conroe High School, Nelda Luce Blair resides in The Woodlands.

Additionally, David M. McGuire, Thomas Jones, Jr., Leo T. Metcalf, III, William K. Nix and Allen C. Jones, IV were all re-elected to the Spirit Board of Directors. Ms. Blair was also named as the newest member of the Board of Directors of Spirit of Texas Bank.

About Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.
Spirit, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spirit of Texas Bank, provides a wide range of relationship-driven commercial banking products and services tailored to meet the needs of businesses, professionals and individuals. Spirit of Texas Bank has 29 locations in the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Bryan/College Station, San Antonio-New Braunfels and Corpus Christi metropolitan areas, along with offices in North Central Texas. Please visit https://www.sotb.com for more information. NELDA LUCE BLAIR

ATTORNEY/PUBLIC SPEAKER, THE BLAIR LAW FIRM, P.C.

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