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Dusti
02-21-2012, 10:02 AM
A few weeks ago, I was invited to be a speaker at National Haunters Convention by a convention staff member.

After encouragement from other staff members, varied fellow haunters, and the con organizers, I accepted the invitation, decided on a topic, and sent a summary and bio to the convention.

Since then, I've been told I'm speaking. I've also been told I'm not speaking. I've been told a great many things by varied people connected to National Haunters' Convention, and no two story is the same. I've not heard directly from the convention organizers, although I've sent several emails to these gentlemen in regard to my status. These emails have not been answered, though I see Michael Bruner has been posting requests for more speakers.

It is therefore with some regret that I am saying no, I will not be speaking at NHC, and my years of working to support this convention are at an end. If you are one of the people that encouraged me to make this step in my haunting career, I thank you for the support. If you are one of the people that had planned to come to my talk, I'm considering an invitation to speak at Hauntcon, and I certainly invite you to join me there.

- Dusti Lewars

George Maser
02-21-2012, 11:19 PM
Dusti, Don't give up so easy. It's wicked hard to set up a convention like this, Like any haunted house at halloween, things slip through the cracks.

drfrightner
02-21-2012, 11:33 PM
Who really cares who speaks or don't speak... I personally am going to give it up after this year. I'm not going to speak any where ... I think like you am done with it.

I've done seminars at tons of shows like IAAPA, Transworld, Fun Expo, and a few others, and I can tell you its just an ego thing for some people.

Some people would PAY to be a speaker just to thump their chest and act like a big shot, so I'm starting a new trend of not speaking! LOL

See the opposite effect... you are so damn smart, so damn good at what you do that you are above it all, that makes you even MORE important. LOL

No seriously I think I'm just a little bored of so much haunted house stuff and I need a break from it all... once this show is over I'm not going to think about haunted houses for like ummm a month or two! I'm really burnt out over here.

We have been doing haunt stuff non-stop because of this tour. And speaking well it just really seems to interfere with enjoying the show. Dusti just take the time to enjoy yourself and have a better time while at the event.

Good luck to ya!

Larry

Dusti
02-22-2012, 10:12 AM
George - I appreciate your words; alas, I've worked with enough cons to know the difference between a dropped ball and a lack of professionalism. Unfortunately, the latter applies here. But! This is me moving on. :)



Some people would PAY to be a speaker just to thump their chest and act like a big shot, so I'm starting a new trend of not speaking! LOL

See the opposite effect... you are so damn smart, so damn good at what you do that you are above it all, that makes you even MORE important. LOL

Indeed! :) 20 years of haunting VS an hour of speaking..eh. I'd rather go put the time and energy into building something.



No seriously I think I'm just a little bored of so much haunted house stuff and I need a break from it all... once this show is over I'm not going to think about haunted houses for like ummm a month or two! I'm really burnt out over here.


Find things that feed your soul, Larry. You've been doing this stuff for way too long to let burn-out get to you.



Good luck to ya!


And to you!
Have a great TW!

George Maser
02-22-2012, 11:32 PM
I should have left a contact # HNC Neil Young 262-549-5566

Stormy
02-29-2012, 08:30 PM
Come on Dusti. Don't you think it's time to tell the truth?

BigT
03-01-2012, 10:59 AM
You guys should try doing this for a living! I am a professional speaker in my industry, and my job is to line up speaking engagements and present all over the world. some 50+ speeches a year (and sometimes more). Its a lot of work, and I dont think people always appreciate the work that goes behind preparation and the whole thought process into planning a speaking engagement.

In my line of work, vendors often have to pay sponsorships or exhibit to get a speaking slot, which really sucks because the good speakers are not willing to pay to play. I certainly shy away from those arrangements myself as the whole program tends to suck.

Larry, you have the right idea. Hang low, speak nowhere, but be a presence. Its much more fun and rewarding!

Travis Russell
Big T Productions Inc
Technologist, Professional Speaker, Author, Inventor, and Fellow Haunter!

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