Cooksey Selected as President-Elect of NSA Houston Chapter

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CONTACT:
Scott Cooksey, Director of Communications
National Speakers Association Houston Chapter
Office: 281-849-8255
Cell: 918-633-4490
scott@cookseyconnects.com
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Cooksey Selected as President Elect of NSA Houston Chapter

HOUSTON, TX ― The National Speakers Association (NSA) Houston Chapter has selected Scott Cooksey to serve as President for the 2012-2013 program year. Cooksey is currently serving as Director of Communications for the organization.
“NSA Houston is one of the leading chapters in the country. I’m looking forward to working with the best speaking professionals in the Houston area,” said Cooksey.
Cooksey is currently the Director of Marketing, North American Sales Coordinator for the Houston-based company Clock Spring, a manufacturer of permanent and temporary pipeline repair solutions.
Cooksey has also worked as a contracted speaker for Monster.com, corporate trainer for Skillpath Seminars, and freelance speaker through his own company, CookseyConnects.
NSA is the leading source for community, education, and entrepreneurial business knowledge needed to be successful in the speaking profession.
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The Ultimate Client Connection!

Cooksey (along with his wife Krissy) with members of the Clock Spring LP North American sales team at the 2011 PPIM Conference in Houston, TX

What is the best statement you could hear from a client?  Maybe it is a sincere “thank you”, or “you made a real impact with us”, or maybe just it’s the melodic sound of a referral.  What about “we would like to have you join us as part of our team…full time”?

I’m proud to announce that beginning tomorrow, I am joining the team of one of my prior clients as the Director of Marketing at Clock Spring L.P. To that I say, “What a compliment!”

For nearly the past three years, I have been gathering research about what works, what doesn’t, and how to fix organizational leadership.  It is a project that has taken me, literally, around the world and provided me with unprescedented access to all levels of leaders within organizations large, small, public, private, for-profit, not-for-profit, successful and struggling.  During those hundreds of encounters, I have often reminded workshop participants that significant change in their organizations begins with intentional, consisitent energy pushing in a new direction.  I am extremely excited to be distilling this research into action as part of a team already achieving incredible results!

While several of this blogs followers have already heard about the move and inquired about the future of Cooksey Connects, let me assure you- the mission will continue.  Over the coming months, you may notice a small tweak in the direction of this site and its message, yet the core message of CONNECTion will remain strong.  The guest post series has proven extremely popular and I hope you will continue to enjoy the Monday articles for the next several weeks.  I have reached out to a number of people across North America, and there are some GREAT articles in the queue.  (In case you missed the first two, be sure to check out the posts from Jerry Sevier and Kathy Piersall and leave your comments for the authors!)

For the next month, I will be continuing to wrap up a few previous committments to another client, so if you see me coming to your town, I’d love to meet up with you while I’m there!  Let me hear from you!

Are You Connected?

This past year has proven remarkable for Cooksey Connects. Following a Headquarters relocation to Houston, TX, business has exploded (in a good way)! In fact, my first engagements OUTSIDE THE FIFTY STATES have just been booked! To find out where they are, CLICK HERE.

As I continue to lead training workshops around the country, a growing number of people have been inquiring as to how they can Connect with me.  To make it easy, here are a few links:

Watch for even more updates coming over the next few weeks, including a NEW SECTION on Recommended Reads to keep your Success Library growing!

Remember, you cannot FORCE someone to follow you…but you can give them a REASON to call you a LEADER!

Cooksey Connects with SkillPath Seminars

Tulsa, OK- D. Scott Cooksey, Senior Consultant and Trainer at Cooksey Connects, has recently been certified as a Faculty Trainer with SkillPath Seminars, based in Mission, KS.

“Delivering services around the world, SkillPath Seminars is truly a global leader among corporate training firms. To be able to work with the people of SkillPath and work as a member of such a great team of professionals is truly an honor!”, said Cooksey. “The proven quality of exclusive resources, topics and track record of success is a perfect match for the level of quality training for which Cooksey Connects is known. I’m very excited to be part of this team, and look forward to working with their clients for a long time to come.”

Learn more about D. Scott Cooksey and Cooksey Connects at www.CookseyConnects.com.

Learn more about SkillPath Seminars at www.SkillPath.com.



Remember the Ten!



It’s been a short hiatus since my last post, but I assure you a LOT is happening these days!

Earlier this year, I challenged myself to run a 10k Race before the summer. Yesterday, I made good on that personal goal. In 1 hour 3 minutes and 43 seconds, I finished! My personal goal had been 1 hour 10 min-and I beat it by 6 minutes!

The Remember the Ten 10k event was started three years ago in honor of a group of 10 amazing men affiliated with the Oklahoma State University basketball program who perished in a plane crash on January 21, 2001. As a graduate of OSU, this event held a particular place in my heart.

During college, I was president of a group of basketball “superfans” known as the “Young Guns”. After each game, we always picked our VIP of the game award, and announced it at center court in front of the radio broadcast crew. On that fateful night in 2001, we lost Bill Teegins, the “Voice of the Cowboys”.

A good friend of mine in school lost his brother, Jarred Weiberg. And my current workout partner lost a friend he used to play basketball against in high school, Pat Noyes. Each of the others each hold a special place in the hearts of the Cowboy Faithful as well, and for all ten of of you… I ran this year. Thanks to each of you for the continued inspiration you give to me and all 1200 of this year’s registered runners in the 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run!

This year, as each of you think about how to make every day count, and define your own success, you are encouraged to pick out a tough challenge for yourself and DO IT!

Learning Modality, Social Media, & Your Online Brand

While some people learn by watching, others learn by reading. Still, others prefer a demonstrative approach referred to as “kinesthetic“. Put another way, it means that the person learns by DOING. When it comes to Social Media, I’m the latter.

Several months ago, I set up my first account at Twitter.com. Immediately following, I found myself trying to sum up thoughts and ideas into often cryptic phrases comprised of 140 characters or less. Soon after, I began to “tweet”, converse with “tweeps”, and actually learned it was okay admit that sometimes I “twittered” in public.

With it, though, came a lesson. You see, I make a rookie mistake. (Part of the effectiveness of kinesthetic learning.) While one of the coolest aspects of Social Media communication is to syndicate and push out (through various “feeds”) information you post across multiple distribution channels, it’s something I’ve learned can confuse your followers. Even worse, I posted so much, people were starting to tune out my posts and tweets. Something you do NOT want to happen when building a brand!

For example:

  • Someone who follows you on Facebook likes to see Status Updates, but doesn’t necessarily want or need to know EVERY LITTLE THING you’re doing…all the time! (Many of your “tweeps” however, don’t seem to mind.)
  • People who are familiar with Twitter understand that @cookseyconnects or @dscooksey are fellow “Tweeps” (Friends who also use Twitter); #usair was a group code used by multiple people to follow what was unfolding in the Hudson River as Capt. Sully completed the first successful “water landing” of a commercial jetliner; “RT” ahead of something I “tweet” means “I plagerized/am forwarding someone else’s post” by “re-tweeting” it; and URLs like http://bit.ly/b9mR aren’t necessarily sending me to some nefarious corner of the internet.

And finally, I just uncovered a little piece of brilliance that allows me to more consistently brand ALL of my online profiles using my OWN DOMAIN NAME…it’s called a “sub-domain”. I’ve known about them for YEARS, but didn’t realize how easily I could set them up for my followers. Many of the current social media sites have long, un-intuitive URLs to “share your public profile” or otherwise make it tough for people to find your site (a la “Fan Pages” on Facebook). The most popular “subdomain” is actually “www.” It stands for “World Wide Web” which, believe it or not, is merely a PART of the Internet. For most people, it’s where your website lives…but, I digress.

Why simply build someone ELSE’s brand, when you can make it easy for others to find either you, your business, or various web tools you often access, all the while reinforcing YOUR domain as the connecting brand. Check us out online at the following URLs:

So this post was a little geeky, but hey…it’s what we do. Contact us today and learn how we can put these, and other great tools, to work for YOUR company. Cooksey Connects!

Cooksey To Emcee Tulsa Stars Event for Palmer Fundraiser

From TulsaWorld.com (<--click for original article)
Published:
1/24/2009 2:21 AM
Last Modified: 1/24/2009 2:38 AM

If a private dinner with a well-known personality sounds interesting, fun and exciting, this one is for you.

Stars with Tulsa connections such as actress Mary Kay Place and “The Ultimate Gift” author Jim Stovall will be part of the auction action at the Dining with Tulsa Stars benefit, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Proceeds will benefit Palmer Continuum of Care.

Other stars to be auctioned include Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor; Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University president; Kristin Glover, the “Dad’ll do it” girl from the television ads; Wayman Tisdale, jazz musician and former NBA player; John Starks, former New York Knicks player and now author and sports commentator; Jimbo Elrod, OU All-American and former player for Kansas City Chiefs; and Stacy Prammanasudh, LPGA golfer and TU All-American.

Although some of the stars will not be able to attend Dining with Tulsa Stars, they will be sending a message.

For the auction, each celebrity will be coupled with a restaurant, including Bodean Seafood, Michael Fusco’s, Los Cabos, Local Table, KEO, Bone Fish, Sonoma, Brasserie, Lava, Mahogany’s and Palace Café.

Jay Litchfield also will auction off an exclusive one- week, all-inclusive vacation for two at the Sandals Resort in Montego Bay donated by Magoon & Associates.

Entertainment will be provided by John Hamill and his jazz trio including Max Surry and Leon Rollerson with vocalist Rebecca Marks-Jimmerson performing Bessie Smith specials and other well-known blues vocals.

Chris Heroux is 2009 chairman of the Palmer Board of Directors.

Committee members include Kelly Sudduth, Carrie Classen, Scott Cooksey, Kara E. Jones, Jeff Harjo and Elisa Heroux.

Sponsors include Cyclonic Valve, Bette and Michael L. Graves, and George Kaiser Family Foundation as gold sponsors; Ruth K. Nelson, Magoon & Associates and Heroux & Pollard, PLLC as silver sponsors; and an anonymous major sponsor made in memory of Harold Katz, former executive director of Palmer.

At least 90 percent of the funds raised through ticket sales and 100 percent of the auction bids will help those who need substance-abuse treatment but cannot afford it. Palmer, a Tulsa nonprofit organization for 25 years, treats more than 1,000 people each year through substance-abuse programs dedicated to helping adolescents and women with their children.

Tickets are $45 per person. Tables of eight are available for $350.

For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/palmer or call Paula Hall-Collins at 230-7669.

By DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer


Cooksey Connects with Duncan High School

From the Duncan Banner (Click here for the link to this article on their website):

Learning the ropes

by: Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN January 09, 2009 11:10 am

Learning doesn’t end with high school graduation. But what is learned in high school can have an impact on what comes after.

Duncan High School continued its Making It Count program Thursday by providing seniors with information on how to be successful in college and in the career field.

This is the second time this school year an individual from the Making It Count program has talked to DHS students. The first time was a discussion with the freshmen to help them figure out how to be successful in high school.

For both programs, it was Scott Cooksey doing the talking, and during Thursday’s program, Cooksey talked about figuring out career choices and how to achieve the goals set.

“There are two things successful people have: Desire and know-how,” he said. “Today, I cannot give you the desire to succeed. That’s up to you.

“Today, I’m going to give you the tools needed to get the know-how.”

He said everyone has different career aspirations. Some people go to college, while others elect to join the workforce immediately following high school.

Cooksey said some of those who go immediately to work realize the limitations they face when they don’t go to college.

“My job today is not to twist your arm and tell you ‘you have to go to college,’” he said. “That’s a choice.”

Regardless of when someone chooses to enter the workforce, there is a career path set that could help him or her be successful in getting the job he or she wants.

The three steps to the career path outlined by Cooksey were looking at strengths, interests and the future job market. By assessing one’s strengths and interests, people can find jobs they like and are good at.

When a job is selected, developing characteristics essential to the job is an important step, he said. Seven characteristics mentioned include communication skills, organizational skills, leadership skills, logic, efforts, group skills and entrepreneur skills.

In addition to capturing these characteristics, people should have examples to display these qualities, Cooksey said. One skill that applies heavily to college and work is time management.

“Time is the most valuable thing you have,” he said. “If you don’t manage your time effectively, you’ll run out of time for the important things.”

Time management isn’t the only thing that students were told to work on in college. Cooksey said they should also develop test taking skills.

He mentioned things students should pay attention to when learning the material that could help them on tests. These include vocabulary, lists, formulas and equations, and anything highlighted by the instructor as a test possibility.

“When a professor says ‘This is going to be on the test,’ write it down,” Cooksey said.



Cooksey Article Published in Performance Magazine

The latest edition of Performance Magazine includes an article written by me with the same title as this blog, “Your Success. Your Terms”. I was excited to have been asked to write for this great publication, and hope you enjoy the article.

Read it on their website, then return here to post your comments!

Link to Cooksey’s Article at Performance Magazine


Run Your Own Race – I Did!

One of my goals for 2008 was to run a 5k (3.1 mile) race. Yesterday, I did it!

Saturday marked the 31st running of the Tulsa Run. Okay, the BIG race is a 15k, and I’m not ready for that, but I did participate in the 5k. As odd as it sounds coming from me, it won’t be my last. What a great experience!

At race time, it was a little over 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) with no wind. My “runner friends” tell me that was about as nice of conditions we could have wanted. I have to agree. It was a great!

Many runners sported t-shirts supporting one school or another, some group from their employer or club, and a plethora of political candidates up for election next month. One of the hot issues in Tulsa is the condition of our streets. It’s been an issue for some time, and I found it ironic that prominently in the 2nd or 3rd block after leaving the Start line, was an enormous pothole many runners had to swerve to avoid. Okay, point taken, I’ll check the “YES” box in propositions One and Two, allegedly to Fix Our Streets….yet again.

The course (see map) proceeded out of Downtown Tulsa, crossing an overpass into the Riverview neighborhood, before zigging over Denver Avenue and down the hill to Riverside Drive, along the Arkansas River. Shortly after hitting Riverside, was a turn-around (where we quickly passed a local cover band playing to the crowd – sorry I couldn’t tell you who it was, as I was rockin’ to my iPod by that point in the run). Then…the fun began.

About 2 miles into the run, the route turned back toward Downtown – UP Denver Avenue for about a mile. It’s safe to say the pace was a little slower after the turn, since it was certainly more UPhill. That’s okay, I’ve been feeling pretty good lately, and the training runs on asphalt (vs. treadmill) have definitely paid off. Then I saw him. My “inspiration man”.

Over the past 12 months, I’ve worked tireless hours training and changing my lifestyle to shed myself of a net of 30 lbs. I say NET because I’ve lost more than that in fat, while adding lean muscle. I must say, I’m in the best shape of my life, and say THANKS to the guys at Fitness Together Kingspointe Village for getting me off on the right foot!

With about half a mile left in the run, I was alternating a little more between my running pace and a brisk walk (runners call that “intervals”). There was another runner I noticed was swapping a lead back and forth with me. He was wearing a brown hat which sported a simple, two-word message on the back, “Size Matters”. That was all I needed. I had my mark. NO WAY was he going to beat me at the finish of this race. I am 6’3″, 260 lbs and running two races. First, I was competing against the clock. Based on my training runs, under 38 minutes was a given, and under 35 would make me VERY happy! Second, running in the “Clydesdale 230+” class, I was running against the other “big fellas” out on the road. So, in my case, size really DOES matter!

Closing in on the finish line in front of the newly completed, Cesar Pelli designed, BOk Center it was time to kick it up a notch. I couldn’t read the clock, but felt good about my pace…besides, I had uncovered my competitiveness with the “Size Matters” guy and needed to settle this once and for all. In my head, over the thumping bass in my earbuds, I heard a voice urging me to “Finish strong, Cooksey! Finish strong!” and sprung into a finishing sprint for the past 10th of a mile. As I kicked, I passed about 20+ runners who were simply spent, including my “hat brother”. When I checked the Official Results online today, I had finished 10th in the Clydesdale 230+ class (out of 27, thank you very much!).

My official time: 33:04. The site lists something called an “Age Weighted” time of 32:22. Either way, I am STOKED! It was my race and I beat my goal.

What goal will you set for yourself, commit to, and attempt? Leave your comments here on the blog!