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Voice of Influence: Why You Should Embrace the Speaker's Platform

The power of effective communication cannot be overstated. Individuals who possess the skills to not only articulate their ideas but also become subject matter experts who stand out among others in their industry.

By submitting a speaking proposal for NACM's 2024 Credit Congress & Expo in Las Vegas, NV, credit professionals can position themselves as a subject matter expert, broaden their influence and inspire others.

Impact and Inspire Others

By speaking on a topic of interest, you can open doors for your peers and future credit leaders. "You have the ability to share your knowledge and experiences to make credit professionals better today than you were back then," said Steven Hopkins, CCE, CCRA, credit supervisor at NorthStar Energy dba Delta Western, Inc. (Seattle, WA). "It gives me tremendous joy to be able to share what I've learned from my mentors and my experiences from my 30 years in credit."

A successful presentation or educational session at Credit Congress can have a positive impact on others no matter their level of expertise. "Not only do you get to introduce new, interesting topics, dive deeper into a specialized area or present a topic in a unique or creative way, but you also get the chance to deeply impact others," said Scott Chase, CCE, CICP, global director of credit at Gibson Brands, Inc. (Nashville, TN). "I've had times where audience members would approach me after a presentation about how strongly it resonated with them. As a presenter, those moments are unforgettable and well worth it."

Build Confidence

Public speaking can be intimidating and anxiety-inducing, especially when it's in front of a large group of people. But by submitting a speaking proposal, you are taking the necessary step in sharpening your public speaking skills and building your confidence as a public speaker and a credit professional.

Brett Hanft, CBA, credit manager at American International Forest Products, LLC (Portland, OR) started his public speaking journey just five years ago. "It took me almost 30 years of being completely intimidated and feeling like I didn't have any knowledge that I could possibly share," he said. "After speaking at multiple sessions at Credit Congress, I have grown in my confidence and ownership of the different topics I present based on my own experience. I would encourage others to take note of key lessons from their own experiences and be willing to share that knowledge with others. Don't let the lack of experience intimidate you or keep you from sharing valuable information for the benefit of others."

Career Growth

By hosting an educational session at Credit Congress, credit professionals have a chance to grow in their career. It can lead to other speaking opportunities that can further expand your network and advance your career. "I did my first speaking session eight years ago to get roadmap points for my CCE certification," said Kevin Stinner, CCE, CCRA, credit manager at JR Simplot, Inc. (Loveland, CO). "What started as an enjoyable experience turned into an obsession. Now, I'm not only helping educate my peers and the next generation of credit professionals but I'm also learning as I research for my presentations."

Speaking proposals for NACM's 128th Annual Credit Congress are due by Sept. 15.
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