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Our current working document and ongoing strategy guidelines

Posted By Emilio E. Giralt CMC, Monday, February 17, 2020
Here is the result of various weeks of work. Thanks to all

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Our event at The Palm

Posted By Emilio E. Giralt CMC, Monday, February 17, 2020

great panel,

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January 18 Board Planning Session

Posted By D. Kevin Berchelmann CMC, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Just keeping IMC-Houston members and guests up to date...

On Friday, January 18, your Board met to plan, think, discuss and scheme for 2013. We spent all afternoon in the cold, wet woods of North Texas, and... ok, well, we did spend the afternoon in a cramped hotel room in the Woodlands (since Bob lives up there and gets cranky when he has to drive far).

We discussed the impact of 2012, a rebuilding year of sorts for our chapter, and tried to identify the reasons that consultants want--or don't want--to be involved. I think we hit on some things for 2013 that will be interesting to all.

We'll share some details at the February 8 general meeting (see registration on this site), but a preview includes:

  1. An actual plan for 2013, instead of just "winging it,"
  2. A set schedule of meetings, with topics, for members to have NOW,
  3. A short list of a few things we can do to address specific demographics in our chapter (students, younger professionals, CMCs, etc.), and
  4. A potential pro-bono project to be staffed and delivered by the Chapter.

Your IMC-Houston Board:

  • D. Kevin Berchelmann, CMC, President
  • Robert T. Snell, CMC, Vice President & Certification Chair
  • Thomas Holt, Vice President & Membership Chair
  • Lin Giralt, CMC, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Richard Longview, CMC, Director-in-charge-of-everything-else

An exciting year, I think. Look forward to seeing you around...


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May 11, 2012 Power Breakfast

Posted By D. Kevin Berchelmann CMC, Friday, May 11, 2012

Great meeting, and a good "kickoff" to our 2012 season!

12 in attendance, we did some light networking and typical meet and greet stuff over breakfast, followed by some boring chapter "business" items, including the introduction of our new Chapter Board of Directors. Those are:

Finally, we spent almost an hour on the tabletop professional development topic: 

Marketing Your Consultancy; Marketing Your Self

...and answering the following questions:

  1. What works to "get your word out?"
  2. How (and why) do you use social media?
  3. What would you recommend to a new consultant?

Good, active, and engaged conversations around each table; lots of suggestions, and even some good go-forward ideas for continued, successful, Chapter involvement and participation.

Great group, and I'm privileged to be a part. Thanks for coming, for participating, and for supporting.

Feel free to comment here -- agree, disagree, whatever -- and best regards to all.


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What You Missed - October 2009 Houston Chapter Meeting

Posted By Gloria Rooney, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Here's what you missed if you weren't at the Friday, Oct 16 meeting

of IMC Houston:

In Professional Development, IMC Houston Member Kathy Fediw

shared her insights and experiences in “Writing for Publicity and

Profit”. Kathy shared how easy it is to develop baseline content

materials, which, with the right repackaging and promotion, become

several different products, ideal for articles, workshops, workbooks,

manuals and book chapters. These can lead to additional publicity,

technical credibility and even continuing revenue streams! Whether

you are into writing for fun, profit or both, Kathy gave some practical

tips and pointers on how to get started, get polished and get published.

Awesome ideas for use right now, especially during the slow times

you might experience with the holidays approaching.

The featured speaker was Ward Pennebaker on “Don't Let a

Good Recession Go to Waste”. His talk was both motivational

and practical, reminding us of some great companies formed during

the Depression (Fortune Magazine, Texas Instruments, and Lazy-Boy

Recliners) and also during the recession in the early 1980's

(Microsoft, Apple). He cautioned against letting your market presence

shrink during these tough times, lest you fall beneath the customer radar

entirely. During downturns he suggested that you need to sharpen

your focus on your brand and its market value, develop the right tools

and message to convey that image and be prepared to deal with the

next game changer, which may well be social media, as it arrives in

the B2B environment during the upturn. Some real food for thought

as we plan our business activities over the next months!

Let us know if you want to contribute or have suggestions for future

editions of our local Presidents newsletter, especially if you have a

tried and true product, a highlight of another local group meeting or

key industry info to share!

We are also looking for sponsors of our monthly Raffle Baskets.

This is a unique way to get some additional publicity for your firm

both at our meeting and on our web site. Contact George Phares

at for more information.

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming IMC events:

1. Next month IMC Houston meets 20 November. Come get

your newsletter! Find out everything that you want to know about

CMC Certification at the Professional Development session and

see how this important certification can boost your chance for

success NOW!

Hear about “An Holistic Approach to Decision Making from

Dr. Errol Wirasinghe. He promises a seven-step approach to a decision,

which will give the decision-maker what he/she needs to make the best

possible decision.

2. December Holiday Event on 4 December. A social

evening of just plain fun with a dinner and live auction for charity

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2009-2010 IMC Houston Board Nominations

Posted By Jill Hickman SPHR, Monday, August 10, 2009
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009
Nominations for the new year of IMC Houston are confirmed and ready for membership vote and approval.  Search your email box today to receive your ballot.  If you don't receive it today, then you need to renew your membership and/or verify your email address. Please contact Thom Holt, SPHR at for membership information.  Please send email address confirmations/questions to me:   Thank you!

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News from our Sister Organizations

Posted By Reardon Smith CMC, Thursday, July 30, 2009
Our sister professional organization - the Houston national Speakers Association (NSA) has a newsletter that you might want to sign up for - if public speaking is one of your marketing tools. Or even if you just want to learn some tips and techniques for your next social speaking gig !

NSA Houston's "Rock Your Speaking Career"
Boot Camp Is On!

Watch This Short Video About Why You Have To Be There!!!

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Register Today!


in this issue

:: Check Out Your Boot Camp Headliner!

:: The Norris Conference Center - NSA Houston's New Home!

:: ProTrack 2009 Is Cranking Up!



NSA LogoDear Jill Hickman,

We hope your summer is hot, hot, hot with more business than you can handle right now! We also hope that you can carve out enough time to join us for the "Rock Your Speaking Career" Boot Camp coming up August 8th, 2009 at the new home for NSA Houston, The Norris Conference Center in City Centre!

The NSA National Convention has come and gone with rave reviews! Now it is time for us to add on to that experience with NSA Houston's line up of monthly programs designed to deliver great insights from many of NSA's best and brightest from around the country and in our own back yard!

With that in mind we are going to kick off our year with our first ever "Boot Camp"! This will be a one day, all day, event where we will have a chance to learn from the best about hot topics we can immediately apply to our own businesses! Just a few of those topics are;

  • Secrets for presenting your message like a "rock star"!
  • How to effectively use Social Media (Twitter, Facebook & Linked-In) to grow your network!
  • How to create your own You Tube channel and leverage it grow your brand, your business and/or your organization!
  • How to write that book you need to write in 90 days or less!
  • 10 Secrets to Effectively Selling Yourself and Your Professional Services!
  • How to Effectively Stand Out, Brand and Market Yourself Like A Rock Star!
  • A "Best Practices" Session with the Houston's Top (CSP's Only!) Speakers!
  • A session on "how to speak the language of results"!
  • Much, much more!

So, come and join us for this dynamic event and learn countless ways to take your speaking career, your business or even just your personal life to the next level! Details are below so register now!

NSA Houston's
"Rock Your Business Boot Camp"
Saturday August 8th, 2009
Norris Conference - City Centre
8:00am - 4:00pm

To Register:

NSA Professional or Associate Member Early Registration - $89
Click Here!
(After Tuesday 8/4/2009 - $109)

Guest Early Registration - $99
Click Here!
(After Tuesday 8/4/2009 - $119)

Can't Make The Boot Camp?
No Problem! Buy the downloadable audios from each and every session!
Only $79!

Click Here To Order Your Audios!



Your "Rock Star" Headliner for the NSA Houston Boot Camp!
Robin Creaseman

Robin Creaseman

Robin Creasman, known as a motivational musician & the rock star speaker, is an award-winning television producer, author, and entertainment marketing expert who speaks to business leaders, salespeople, entrepreneurs, and professionals on how to be a Rock Star in their personal & professional life so they can Get More Business, Make More Money, and Be More Successful! But don't worry, no one needs to know how to sing, play guitar, or heaven forbid, fit into leather pants to be a Rock Star!
Since 2001, Robin has coached and/or produced over 120 professional speakers in their presentation skills and speaker videos including Vince Poscente, Amanda Gore, Victoria Labalme, Mark Sanborn, Janet Lapp, Joe Calloway, Karyn Buxman, Bill Stainton, & Connie Podesta to name a few.
Robin was a faculty member with Mark Sanborn & Dr. Janet Lapp at the NSA University's Ultimate Keynote Workshop in Marco Island, FL and he's presented programs for NSA & CAPS annual conventions, headlining an unforgettable general session at the national convention in New York in 2008!

To learn more about your headliner go to!

NSA Houston's New Home for Dynamic Meetings!
The Norris Conference Center
City Centre

Norris logo

NSA Houston has a dynamic new home for its meetings that you are going to love! This brand new, state of the art meetings facility will be the host for our meetings beginning with the "Rock Star Boot Camp" in August.

Add to the great facility a great staff, great service and great food and we have a home for our meetings that members and guests alike will be proud of! Here's the cool part ... they are proud to have us as clients as well!

So, take a few moments to check out the Norris Conference Center - City Centre at the link below. You might as well get directions for the boot camp while you are at it!

Click Here To Check It Out!



ProTrack 2009 Is Cranking Up!
Get On Board!

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What is ProTrack?
ProTrack is a program of the Houston chapter of the National Speakers Association designed to get you started in the speaking business or take your current business to the next level. The curriculum is designed around the National Speakers Association's four competencies Expertise, Enterprise, Eloquence and Ethics. The program consists of 10 monthly interactive meetings, supported by teleseminars, conferencing and forums.

Who Should Participate? 

  • New speakers who want to accelerate their careers
  • Experienced speakers who want a structured year to gear up and reboot
  • Trainers who wish to become keynoters
  • Professionals, authors, and experts who want to speak to promote their businesses  What Will I Learn?
  • The curriculum is designed to provide maximum exposure to speaking as a business.

Go to to learn more about why you should join NSA Houston's ProTrack program!

Members, guests and friends of NSA Houston ...

It is a privilege for your board to be of service to you this year! If there is anything we can do to make your membership and participation more valuable to you please feel free to let us know! It is our desire to be the place for the Houston areas top speakers to gather, learn and grow!

Our theme for the year is "Honor the Dream ... Do the Work"! Meaning we are going to honor every dream, of everyone who graces our path, to be a professional speaker. At the same time, we are going to challenge everyone to do the challenging and difficult work necessary to realize that dream!

Whether you have been in this business for a while or just got bitten by the bug we are here to make NSA Houston the place you have to be if you want to grow your business and your sense of connection with others like yourself!

I personally invite you to join us, get involved and enjoy some of the finest professionals you are ever going to be privileged to call peers and friends!

If I can be of service to you in any way please feel free to call me at 281-937-9911 or e-mail me at . I look forward to hearing from you!



Jim Jacobus, CSP
Champion Education Resources


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