Upcoming events

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • Monday, March 15, 2021
    • at your computer

    Watch the video!

    Guest Speaker: Mark J. Lindquist

    Keynote Speaking Masterclass:
    How We Earned $1 Million Dollars in the First Four Years as a Professional Keynote Speaker

    Mark J. Lindquist began speaking professionally in 2014 and less than four years later he has earned over one million dollars as a keynote speaker.  During this session he will show you every step of the process he followed to go from zero in 2013 to hundreds of keynote speaking gigs in 32 states for everybody from the Girl Scouts to the Fortune 500 during those four years.  He has built his keynote speaking empire on a 99.9% word of mouth basis and has developed a system that generates five-figure sales leads while he sleeps. His client list now includes: Microsoft, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Walmart, Lenovo, Philips, IBM, Deloitte, UPS and hundreds more.


    • Audience members will have the opportunity to see first-hand the speaking style, structure, and attention to detail that has led Mark to build a client base of hundreds with a marketing budget of ZERO.
    • Attendees will walk away with an individualized list of the things that they need to work on to put themselves on track to build a keynote speaking business similar to the one Mark has built.
    • Mark will share the audience engagement techniques that have consistently led to over 100+ laughs in a 90 minute keynote and 99% eyeballs (nobody on their phone, leaving the room, or daydreaming) during his keynotes.
    • Professional speakers will get advice on topics such as: negotiation, AV tips, rehearsal strategies, business structure, audience engagement techniques, discovering your best humor, and working with speaker bureaus.

    Mark J. Lindquist is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over 4 million people in 22 countries and 44 states throughout his career. As an actor, he has appeared in ABC’s LOST, CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studios movie “Battleship.”  Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.

    • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • on your computer

    Join your colleagues for a virtual mid-week coffee break for networking. We want to make sure everyone in our association has the opportunity to stay connected during this downtime.

    You will receive Zoom login details by email after you register. The same login can be used for all sessions, and you only need to register one time.

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    • on your computer

    Watch the video!

    Guest Speaker: James Robilotta, CSP

    Master Class
    Relatability: The Humanity of Speaking

    Relatability is one of the most powerful tools we have as speakers. When we see ourselves in someone else we believe that we can. So if you are not delivering relatable stories in your talks then you, at best, leave your audience impressed but unable to connect with your message. This session will change that.  Using improv comedy games and a process James calls "Story Mining" you will learn that you have more stories than you think. After coming to this session you will leave with at least 3 new stories to incorporate into your talks, blogs, videos, podcasts, dinner table conversations. You will also leave inspired to put more YOU in your talks because relatability leads to memorability, and memorability leads to more opportunities. 

    Key takeaways for attendees:

    • You have more stories than you give yourself credit for, we just need to uncover them.
    • Relatability is critical as a speaker – the audience must see themselves in you if you want your message to truly resonate and stick.
    • Attendees will leave with at least 3 new stories to tell on stage or in their writing.

    James Robilotta, CSP® is an author, professional speaker, personal coach, and improv comedian.   After nearly 15 years, of speaking to audiences willing and unwilling, he has found that we as humans can’t learn from people who are perfect, we learn from people who are imperfect.  Stories in your authentic voice and words powerfully connects you with your audiences to create a genuine impact and memorability in your presentations.

    • Monday, April 06, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • on your computer
    Guest Speakers: Jeffrey Hayzlett and Theresa Rose

    Maintain Business Continuity – It’s Time to Drive and Thrive

    Today’s obstacles create today’s opportunities. While everyone else waits for tomorrow, leaders act in the moment.
    We invite you to attend a special, interactive gathering to discuss winning strategies to overcome the newest obstacles before us. As the world adapts the pace of business amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical to maintain business continuity. We must drive and thrive!
    Jeffrey Hayzlett – Primetime TV & Podcast Host, Chairman & CEO C-Suite Network, Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Global Business Celebrity – will present time-tested tips, steps, and strategies to overcome any obstacle facing you and your business..
    This session will include a panel moderated by Theresa Rose, Vice-President of Thought Leadership for The C-Suite Network. She will lead an interactive discussion, followed by brief strategies from knowledgeable thought leaders and experts from a variety of industries.
    Come learn, share, and cheer. Join us to discover:

    • Why now is the best time to start a podcast
    • The one thing that can land you over 300 speaking gigs
    • How to pivot your canceled events to virtual presentations
    • Jump starting your coaching practice and build an online community
    • How to digitally build and monetize your community
    • Why you should create an audiobook immediately
    • These and many other topics

    Registration for all levels of membership is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link. Registration for non-members is $50.

    • Thursday, April 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • On your computer
    Guest Speaker: Debbie Allen, CSP

    VIRTUAL MASTER CLASS: How to Continue to Build and Grow Your Speaking Business During Uncertain Times

    This inspiring online Master Class will help you to get into action now, get more creative with your marketing, and build more powerful business relationships during down time.

    Don't just sit back and wait for things to turn around… take action now!

    Discover how to create a successful ‘new normal’ in your speaking business by learning how to reinvent, create multiple income streams and learn new business skills.  Learn how to be pro-active and look for opportunities to build stronger client and business relationships for long-lasting success. Uncover new ways to gain customer loyalty, give back to your clients, and create outstanding value as an expert who speaks professionally.

    Learn how to:

    • Stay motivated and take action now to grow your business during down times.
    • Create a ‘new normal’ by reinventing the way you do business forever.
    • Gain customer loyalty by giving back and making a difference in challenging times.
    • Build stronger client relationships and business partnerships.

    Your Master Class Presenter:
    Debbie Allen, CSP has been a full time professional speaker and business consultant, plus a member of National Speakers Association for over 25 years. Debbie is a bestselling author of nine books and is a VIP Contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine. Expect high-value and quality content on this complimentary Master Class. Learn more about Debbie Allen’s extensive business and speaking background at www.DebbieAllen.com

    • Thursday, May 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom

    Do you wish you had a professional video to highlight your speaking skills? Does your most recent video feature you in a mullet or other 80s hairstyle? If so, it's time for a refresh and we have the perfect opportunity you!

    You'll receive a 10-minute professionally filmed and edited video by Dan Lipman of Video My Story. Your video will be filmed on the beautiful newly-remodeled stage at the Metropolitan Ballroom.


    1. Professional videography with 4-5 HD Cameras and wireless microphone
    2. One edited video with camera angles switching like “academy awards”
    3. Link to download web ready HD video file easy to upload to YouTube and add to website 

    This package is available to you at the super discounted rate of $250. Spots are limited so grab yours today! 

    • Thursday, May 28, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

    Please join us an evening of celebration, recognition, and the ceremonial passing of the gavel to the incoming Board of Directors. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner,  and conversation with friends.

    We are in for a FUN evening with guest emcee Rob Ferre who is sure to make this a memorable event!

    It’s time for the Best Game Show Ever with your host, Rob Ferre, GSP (Game Show Person). In this highly interactive experience, Rob will engage the audience in a variety of games and activities where you could win cash, take home prizes, and gain the admiration of your peers. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Rob has been speaking to and entertaining audiences for over 20 years. He spent three years amusing audiences from all over the world at the family entertainment capital of the world in Orlando. There he worked for Disney, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon as a game show host and DJ. Rob has been in front of audiences from Italy to Dubai and all over the continental United States. He is currently the halftime game show host for the Utah Jazz. Rob is president of the NSA Mountain West chapter and is delighted to bring the Best Game Show Ever to the great north of Minnesota!

    Suggested 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. Tickets for Guests and NSA national members (who are not members of the local chapter) are  $75.  

Past events

Friday, April 03, 2020 Zoom Session with Heather Lutze: Findability Formula
Friday, March 27, 2020 Virtual Master Class -- Relatability: The Humanity of Speaking
Friday, March 13, 2020 Deep Dive Session with Mark Lindquist
Friday, March 13, 2020 Chapter Meeting: Keynote Speaking Masterclass
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Chapter Meeting: Create a Business Lifestyle Which Leverages Your Expertise, Knowledge, and Platform
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Deep Dive: Zoom to Grow as a Speakerpreneur
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Deep-Dive Advanced Acting and Storytelling Skills Lab
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Chapter Meeting: Selling from the Stage: Using Stories to Attract High-Value Clients
Saturday, January 04, 2020 Holiday Party
Friday, December 20, 2019 Master Class: Hands On Delivery Skills Lab
Friday, December 13, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Platform Mastery
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Retreats to Riches
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Fall Social at the home of Diane Amundson, CSP
Friday, October 11, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Marketing with a Book
Monday, September 16, 2019 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Chapter Meeting: What's Stopping Millennials or Gen Xers or Boomers from Hiring You--and What to Do About It
Monday, September 09, 2019 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Monday, August 05, 2019 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Showcase Video Day with Dan the Video Man
Friday, May 31, 2019 Gala
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Workshop: Keep Your Audience's Attention Glued on You
Friday, May 17, 2019 Members Only: Fireside Chat with Joe Schmit
Friday, April 19, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Maximize Social Media to Market Your Brand
Monday, April 15, 2019 Fireside Chat with Quinn Nystrom and Carol Kaemmerer
Saturday, April 06, 2019 NSA-MN Chapter Strategy Session
Monday, March 25, 2019 Members Only: Fireside Chat with Kit Welchlin
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Executive Speech Coaching Secrets
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Members Only: Fireside Chat with David McNally, CPAE
Friday, February 15, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Speaker Launch Blueprint
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Workshop: Make 'Em Laugh - Incorporate Humor Into Your Presentations
Friday, January 18, 2019 Members Only: Fireside Chat with Audrey Thomas CSP and Chris Heeter
Friday, January 04, 2019 Chapter Meeting: Doing What it Takes
Friday, December 21, 2018 Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Members Only: Fireside Chat with Ross Bernstein & Sam Richter
Friday, December 07, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Build Your Own Stage
Monday, November 26, 2018 Watch the 11/8 Craig Valentine Program Video
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Fireside Chat with Cheryl Karpen
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Boost Your Biz Through Back of the Room Sales
Saturday, November 03, 2018 Workshop: Learn From the Legends of NSA-MN
Friday, October 19, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Creativity and Engagement Bootcamp
Thursday, October 04, 2018 Fireside Chat with Thom Winninger
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Fireside Chat with Annie Meehan & Jermaine Davis
Monday, September 17, 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Thursday, September 13, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Power Selling with LinkedIn
Monday, September 10, 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Summer’s Edge Social
Monday, August 20, 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Sunday, July 15, 2018 Midwest Reception at Influence ’18
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Gala
Friday, May 18, 2018 Own the Stage: Members Only Workshop
Friday, May 18, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Oh Crap, I Have a Presentation to Give
Friday, April 27, 2018 Story Coaching Deep Dive with Doug Stevenson: Members Only Workshop
Friday, April 27, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Storytelling Mastery That Grows Your Business
Friday, March 23, 2018 I Want to be Different Just Like Everyone Else: Branding and Positioning for the Aspiring Speaker -- Speaker Academy Members Only Workshop
Friday, March 23, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Branding Extravaganza 2.0
Sunday, February 25, 2018 Holiday Party
Friday, February 23, 2018 Chapter Meeting: In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Chapter Meeting: What I Learned From Winning 29 Emmys That Speakers Should Know
Saturday, December 02, 2017 Chapter Meeting: Panel of CSPs & CPAEs
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Do YOU!: Members Only Workshop
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Chapter Meeting: Punch it Up!
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Video Action: Members Only Workshop
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Chapter Meeting: Sticky Content
Saturday, September 30, 2017 No Power, No Point: Members Only Workshop
Monday, September 18, 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Monday, September 11, 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Chapter Meeting: Who Said Talk is Cheap?
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Summer’s Edge Social & Hooray for Horsager!
Monday, August 07, 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Sunday, July 09, 2017 Midwest Reception at Influence ’17
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Gala
Monday, June 05, 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
Thursday, May 25, 2017 The Promise - The Speaker/Performer's Promise in the Engagement Experience
Thursday, May 04, 2017 Write Your Book in a Flash: Lunch 'n Learn
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Growing Your Speaking Empire: Get More Bookings, Sell More Products and Services
Monday, April 24, 2017 Speaker Academy Open House
Thursday, April 06, 2017 LinkedIn Essentials for Professional Speakers
Monday, March 20, 2017 How to Build a 6 Figure Speaking and Training Business Without Living on an Airplane: Learning Lab Happy Hour
Friday, March 10, 2017 How to Book More Business in a Challenging Economy
Friday, February 03, 2017 Beyond Competence to Confidence with Webinar Platforms and Presentations: Members Only Workshop
Friday, February 03, 2017 Quit Calling Them Webinars and a Dozen Other Strategies for Making More Money
Saturday, January 14, 2017 How to Build a Speaking Business that Matters to You!: NSA-MN Chapter Meeting
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Improving Impact & Influence (In An Insanely Information-Infused World): What Your Brain Has To Say About That! -- Members Only Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Credibility is King & Queen: Is Your Content Google-Proof? -- Chapter Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2016 20 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Content for Publicity and Profit: NSA Chapter Meeting
Thursday, November 10, 2016 NSA Minnesota Free Special Event “What’s Trust Got to Do with it?”
Friday, November 04, 2016 Charge What You Are Worth: Lunch & Learn
Saturday, October 29, 2016 A New Twist on a Timeless Topic: Turning Prospects into Clients Through Story
Saturday, October 08, 2016 Corral Your Cash Cow
Friday, September 23, 2016 Humor Sells Lunch & Learn
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Create Lasting Connections with Your Audience
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