He’s an attorney, honorary professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, keynote speaker and a highly gifted speaker. And soon also a Certified Speaking Professional. The US National Speakers Association (NSA) will be presenting Prof. Volker Roemermann the award of Certified Speaking Professional. This advances him to the elite circles of the best speakers in the world.
Not even ten percent of the thousands of members of the National Speakers Association are awarded this honor. In the German-speaking region twelve speakers have been awarded this honor so far, in Canada for example it’s 35. The selection criteria are clearly defined. Only those who can demonstrate a minimum number of clients, lectures and excellent ratings, among other things, will be considered for a Certified Speaking Professional nomination. Professor Roemermann appeared overwhelmed to that effect prior to the award ceremony: “I’m very honored to receive this award from the National Speakers Association. This truly represents a very great deal of praise and recognition for my work as a professional speaker.”
The National Speakers Association is considered the leader for professional trainers and speakers in the USA. Since its foundation in 1973 it has been offering members a vast range of resources and continuing education to optimize the skills of speakers. The NSA convention is held annually with an extensive program of workshops, networking opportunities and evening events, at which the CSP award is presented. This year the convention will be held in San Diego, CA, USA in late June.
The CDU/CSU/SPD coalition negotiations were drawn out. In the end SPD, which brought in one of the worst election results in its history, was left the triumphant victor. How was this done? Sigmar Gabriel, head of the SPD party, relied on the “committee” : A tactic which banks for example typically draw on. A third power not at the table and which cannot be influenced by the negotiator, whose composition and contacts is not known, determines the weal and woe of a contract. With banks it’s committees who rule on lending. With SPD it was suddenly all its members: An anonymous body Angela Merkel was not able to address directly. Everybody knew: If members aren’t presented with an appealing draft contract, they will decline it – even if Sigmar Gabriel personally was in favor of it. Even the chancellor therefore had to make an effort to appeal to the SPD – and not only secure a pact with a few negotiation partners behind closed doors.
VerbStrG or Association Fines Code is the title of the latest legislative endeavor to promote compliance in Germany. The North Rhine-Westphalia state government drove it forth, presented it at the fall Ministerial Conference for Justice on 11/14/2013, and soon the draft will be introduced to the Federal Council of Germany. “Associations”, i.e. any type of organization, as well as societies, would be made culpable. Administrative fines (up to 10 % of the revenue), exclusion from grants, exclusion from public contracts, publication of the fine (“pillory”), even “capital punishment” (dissolving the entity) can be imposed. But not if the company took preventive measures (which then simply didn’t work out perfectly): In these cases the court may reduce the fine or even refrain from imposing a penalty. According to the reasoning for the draft, the law is intended to create “incentives” so medium-sized companies will also adopt a compliance system. The first detailed article in professional journals on this topic is by Prof. Dr. Volker Roemermann and can be read in issue 1 of the GmbH-Rundschau 2014 (GmbHR 2014, Pg. 1).