PE&RS November 2015 - page 837

November 2015
ublic speaking is a part of most of our professional
lives. We all need to effectively communicate with our
colleagues, staff,andstudents. Today,aswedothis inperson-
to-person interactions, person-to-group presentations, and
through electronic means (e.g., virtual meetings), many of
us find ourselves out of practice and in uncharted territory.
To address this, training and discourse through an ASPRS
Speakers Club has been under development. The structure
is similar to that of Toastmasters International, but will be
hosted in a virtual setting.
Brian Murphy, Vice President of Business Development at Altavian (the maker of the
Nova family of Unmanned aircraft and payloads, and long-time member of ASPRS,
ast Presid
ent of the Florida Region and previous Chair of the ASPRS Sustaining
Members Council) shares his experience with Toastmasters in Florida.
“Since joining Toastmasters, and attending recent ASPRS conferences, I have
seen a huge opportunity to help my fellow ASPRS’ers by helping improve upon their
oral communication and leadership skills. I am interested in bringing elements of
Toastmasters into ASPRS in order to help improve the member experience. Not only
do I strongly feel this will help benefit all ASPRS members but it will also help improve
upon the Conference experience as well, by helping speakers watch their ‘ums and ahs;’
keeping their presentation informative, yet concise; helping them rely less on power
point bullets and more on content and delivery; using vocal variety in order to help
maintain command of the audience.”
In a recent meeting, Paul Pope, of Los Alamos National Lab, shared some ideas that
Toastmasters International encourages in person-to-group interaction, that will be
replicated in our ASPRS Speakers club:
• Present for your audience, not too them.
• Make it your business to know what they want or need to hear, and then be sure
to present it in a way that captures their attention and offers a clear message.
• With planning and rehearsal, you’ll be able to avoid the common mistakes that
plague other speakers.
• See more at Toastmasters International,
While we are, by no means, experts in public speaking and leadership, we feel
that these are skills we can all work on. We are hoping to find a group of at least
30 Individuals who are willing to help start and charter this initiative, that we are,
for now, calling “The ASRPS Speakers Club.” It is here that we hope to foster deep
networking relationships, while
also helping to improve self-
confidence. Because it will be
mostly virtual, we are hoping
that this “club” will also allow
us to increase our familiarity
with the etiquette involved with
utilizing various teleconferencing
Best regards,
The ASPRS Speakers Club
Ed Freeborn, Brian Murphy,
Paul Pope, and Melissa Rura
We have meetings every-other Tuesday at 12 pm
Eastern. Our meetings in November will be on on
November 3
and 17
The GoToMeeting can be joined from your
computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 820-858-989
ASPRS is proud to
welcome the following
new sustaining members.
More information on
becoming a Sustaining
Member is available at
Mapix Aerial
Torre Progreso 3rd Floor,
Av. Winston Churchill #5
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
(809) 227-3193
, info@
Mapix Aerial (Maps + Pixels) was
born from the need to evolve the
traditional methods for surveying,
mapping and other techniques
of land measurement with a new
and alternative way which can be
more agile and precise especially in
difficult and demanding terrains and
Mapix Aerial focuses on providing
valuable and decision-making infor-
mation based on aerial images using
UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
and remote sensing technologies.
Our team combines both young
and experienced engineers in the
areas of surveying and mapping that
combined with aeronautics and robot-
ics offer new and innovative solutions
to the needs of our customers.
ASPRS Speakers Club | New Sustaining Members
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