Upcoming events

    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

    NSA-MN Chapter Meeting

    Branding Extravaganza 2.0
    Two Incredible Sessions in One Power-Packed Program

    Come join us for the latest and greatest version of the Branding Extravaganza. Regardless of where you’re at in your speaking career, learn how you can bring focus, clarity and life to your brand. This jam-packed and interactive two-part program features Dick Bruso's highly acclaimed story-based Brandstorming process for creating powerful, unique, and enduring brands in a very noisy marketplace.

    In addition, if you currently have a viable brand you will be shown some very creative and dynamic ways to expand it. Dick has worked one-on-one with hundreds of professional speakers, authors, and business leaders in the creation and expansion of powerful and profitable brands.

    Session One:
    “How To Be Heard Above The Noise: Branding Your Uniqueness”
    This jam-packed and highly practical session is designed to help professional speakers develop their distinctive brand, focus on their uniqueness to successfully reach their target markets, and position themselves to be "heard above the noise” in the marketplace.

    Highlights include how to:
    • Create a compelling, memorable, and distinctive brand centered on “your story” that truly sets you apart in everything you say and do.
    • Maximize your ability to reach your target market(s) via creative branding, the incredible power of media, and strategic networking.
    • Produce powerful tools and products to significantly enhance your brand’s visibility.
    Examples of dynamic branding, unique positioning, and creative marketing approaches successfully utilized by fellow speakers and other professionals will be shared throughout this session.

    Session Two: “Brandstorming”
    During this highly interactive session, Dick will demonstrate (with the assistance of several audience members) how you and your colleagues can develop brands based on your unique and powerful stories designed to truly set you apart in the marketplace. You’ll learn the secret of how to apply the “umbrella branding” approach to encompass all aspects of your speaking practice.

    An international speaker and founder of Heard Above The Noise®, Dick Bruso is a highly regarded branding and marketing expert. Dick teaches his audiences and clients how to develop and expand their brands to powerfully penetrate the marketplace. His clients include best selling authors and in-demand speakers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    He is a contributing author, on the topic of branding, to NSA’s popular books, Paid To Speak and Speak More! Dick is an active member of NSA and NSA/Colorado. He served as president of NSA/CO for 2005-2006, as the Chair of the NSA Academy for Professional Speaking for 2011-2012 and as the Co-Chair of the Cavett Institute in 2012.

    Here’s what others say about Dick Bruso’s approach to branding:
    • Dick Bruso is simply brilliant when it comes to branding. He has a talent/knack for combining creativity and practicality. ~ Greg Godek, Past President of NSA/San Diego
    • People get powerful results from your program. I'm getting emails from my colleagues saying they've had breakthroughs on their brand, who they are, and what they are really about. ~ Carla Rieger, Past Program Chair, CAPS/Vancouver
    • Dick helped focus and define my brand, which positioned me for even greater success. ~ Karyn Buxman, CSP, CPAE, Speaker Hall of Fame
    • I can’t thank Dick enough for helping me get the clarity I needed, for helping create my brand and tagline, and for enabling me to experience in the speaking business what I had only dreamed of accomplishing prior to that point. ~ Sandy Geroux, Past President, NSA/Central Florida
    • We just collected a member survey about the past year. Our member’s number one choice for the most memorable NSA Michigan event was: Dick Bruso’s Branding Session. ~ Marilyn Suttle, Past President, NSA/Michigan

    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

    NSA-MN Speaker Academy Members Only Workshop

    I Want to be Different Just Like Everyone Else:
    Branding and Positioning for the Aspiring Speaker

    Presented by branding expert, Dick Bruso

    Three reasons you won't want to miss this special 90-minute NSA/MN Speakers Academy Program:

    1. You will discover how to significantly accelerate your journey from aspiring speaker to professional speaker.
    2. You will learn a dynamic formula for becoming an in-demand speaker as you build a powerful and unique brand.
    3. You could be one of the two lucky Speaker Academy members to be selected to participate in a very unique one-on-one Academy "Brandstorming" session with Dick Bruso.
    Dick is a past chair of the National Academy for Professional Speaking and past co-chair of the Cavett Institute. He has created hundreds of successful brands for professional speakers and authors over the last two decades and particularly enjoys working with aspiring speakers.
    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Chapter Meeting
    Storytelling Mastery That Grows Your Business

    Your unique stories set you apart in the speaking business, but they have to be masterful! Learn to transform your stories from good to AMAZING using Doug’s Story Theater Method. In this program, Doug Stevenson, CSP will help you craft and deliver your stories with emotion, acting skills and branding to make a lasting impact, and get rave reviews and repeat bookings.

    In speaking, it's not only about content; it's about connection. You have to connect deeply and be amazing. A great story captures the listener's imagination and draws them inside the action.

    Doug Stevenson teaches how to craft and deliver stories that make a powerful and lasting point, and simultaneously sell you as a speaker.

    Learn to:
    • Identify your most powerful and effective stories
    • Discover the Nine Steps of Story Structure to make your story better
    • Use acting and comedy techniques • Harness the power of dramatic silence
    • Discover the magic of 3-dimensional storytelling
    • Brand your message to be memorable and marketable
    • For more information click here.
    Doug will coach one or two volunteers on their stories so you can see how subtle acting techniques immediately increase the humor and dramatic power of a story. And in the afternoon workshop, he'll do more coaching, answer your questions, and dive deeper into masterful storytelling.

    Hear from Doug himself about the power of this program!

    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

    NSA-MN Members Only Workshop

    Story Coaching Deep Dive with Doug Stevenson

    During this special afternoon workshop, Doug Stevenson will coach more people on their stories, and lead you on a deep dive into the nuance, tone and tempo that takes a story from good or great to AMAZING! 

    The most common response after Doug does a chapter meeting is “I wish there was more time for more coaching”!  Well, here is your opportunity to get just that: attend this afternoon session!
    • 18 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Chapter Meeting

    Have you ever thought …
    “Oh Crap, I Have to Give a Presentation!”

    Have you been put on the spot to give a big presentation? Customers, clients or worse… your peers?

    Do you dread it? Understanding how to put your presentation together, quickly can relieve a lot of stress.

    Or maybe you want to create a world-class presentation and don’t know where to start. Perfect. Just breathe. You are about to discover a powerful process made simple.

    This program will give you confidence. Your presentation foundation is essential to its success.

    Darren LaCroix demystifies the process for you.  This step-by-step program is distilled from years of wisdom gained from coaching corporate presenters, executives and professional speakers. Darren learned this the hard way, so you don’t have to. He makes it simple.

    You will walk away with:
    • Time-proven speech writing process
    • Common mistakes to avoid
    • A whole new perspective to writing a world-class speech
    Why Darren? Though he bombed miserably in a Boston Comedy club in 1992, nine years later he out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking.
    • 18 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

    NSA-MN Members Only Workshop

    Own the Stage

    As a speaker, what is the fastest way from good to GREAT? One word: Coaching. Think you can’t be a great speaker? Think again. Darren’s first performance and his championship speech are absolute proof that presenting is a learned skill.

    Before becoming the World Champion out of 25,000 contestants, Darren studied ten years worth of World Champion contests over and over again. He discovered what separates the person who wins from the person who comes in second. The winners had three points in common. Want to know what they are? Come to the program and hear it directly from Darren!

    Participants will give 1 to 2-minute mini-speeches and receive instant feedback from a master speaker coach!

    Objectives: To give you a champion’s perspective on common presenter mistakes, along with techniques & tips that anyone can use to correct them!

    You’ll walk away with a coaching checklist and a whole new perspective on speaking. He’ll bend over backward to show you how to go from good to great.
    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Join your colleagues for a fun-filled evening that starts off with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and great conversation with friends, followed by our star-studded awards ceremony to celebrate our member achievements. Plus a delicious dinner buffet.

    A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

    Plan on an unforgettable night of celebration as we honor our award recipients, thank our outgoing board of directors and welcome our new board of directors and our 2018-19 incoming board.

     It promises to be a night to remember – join us!

    You must register to attend!

    Attire is formal or cocktail wear. Black tie optional.

    This is a complimentary event for NSA-Minnesota members and Speaker Academy members as part of their dues. Guests and NSA national members-who are not members of the local chapter-are invited.  Tickets are $75.

Past events

25 Feb 2018 Holiday Party
23 Feb 2018 Chapter Meeting: In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
20 Jan 2018 Chapter Meeting: What I Learned From Winning 29 Emmys That Speakers Should Know
02 Dec 2017 Chapter Meeting: Panel of CSPs & CPAEs
15 Nov 2017 Do YOU!: Members Only Workshop
15 Nov 2017 Chapter Meeting: Punch it Up!
28 Oct 2017 Video Action: Members Only Workshop
28 Oct 2017 Chapter Meeting: Sticky Content
30 Sep 2017 No Power, No Point: Members Only Workshop
18 Sep 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
11 Sep 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
09 Sep 2017 Chapter Meeting: Who Said Talk is Cheap?
20 Aug 2017 Summer’s Edge Social & Hooray for Horsager!
07 Aug 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
09 Jul 2017 Midwest Reception at Influence ’17
14 Jun 2017 Gala
05 Jun 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
25 May 2017 The Promise - The Speaker/Performer's Promise in the Engagement Experience
04 May 2017 Write Your Book in a Flash: Lunch 'n Learn
29 Apr 2017 Growing Your Speaking Empire: Get More Bookings, Sell More Products and Services
24 Apr 2017 Speaker Academy Open House
06 Apr 2017 LinkedIn Essentials for Professional Speakers
20 Mar 2017 How to Build a 6 Figure Speaking and Training Business Without Living on an Airplane: Learning Lab Happy Hour
10 Mar 2017 How to Book More Business in a Challenging Economy
03 Feb 2017 Beyond Competence to Confidence with Webinar Platforms and Presentations: Members Only Workshop
03 Feb 2017 Quit Calling Them Webinars and a Dozen Other Strategies for Making More Money
14 Jan 2017 How to Build a Speaking Business that Matters to You!: NSA-MN Chapter Meeting
10 Dec 2016 Improving Impact & Influence (In An Insanely Information-Infused World): What Your Brain Has To Say About That! -- Members Only Workshop
10 Dec 2016 Credibility is King & Queen: Is Your Content Google-Proof? -- Chapter Meeting
17 Nov 2016 20 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Content for Publicity and Profit: NSA Chapter Meeting
10 Nov 2016 NSA Minnesota Free Special Event “What’s Trust Got to Do with it?”
04 Nov 2016 Charge What You Are Worth: Lunch & Learn
29 Oct 2016 A New Twist on a Timeless Topic: Turning Prospects into Clients Through Story
08 Oct 2016 Corral Your Cash Cow
23 Sep 2016 Humor Sells Lunch & Learn
08 Sep 2016 Create Lasting Connections with Your Audience
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