Upcoming events

    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • your desk

    Did You Miss Candy Whirley's Creativity and Engagement Bootcamp?

    If you weren't able to attend the October 19th program, or would like to watch it again because it was so good and you don't want to forget anything -- now's your chance! Candy uses innovative and interactive activities proven from coast to coast to enhance creative thinking and sustainability. She says, “In this session you will be learning my trade secrets on how to make learning fun and memorable! Your clients do not just want Power Point and lectures…trust me!”

    You will learn new creative ways to problem-solve for quicker resolutions, invent your own activity that will teach multiple lessons, and walk away with a tool box of techniques that are easy and usable at your next training, meeting or keynote.

    Register now (free for Professional Members, $25 for everyone else) and you will receive a link to a video of the complete meeting, which you can watch from your desktop or mobile device at your convenience.
    • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • your desk

    Did You Miss Dan Thurman "Doing What it Takes"?

    If you weren't able to attend the January 4th program, or would like to watch it again because it was so good and you don't want to forget anything -- now's your chance!

    Hall of Fame speaker Dan Thurmon delivered an experience that distilled his most valuable lessons from 25 years in the speaking business. He shared excerpts from his programs and insights for crafting and delivering presentations. And as an added bonus, Dan provided valuable insights about the business of speaking that will help you succeed in the most competitive marketplace ever.

    By watch this session, you will learn:
    • How to elevate your mastery of the platform
    • Specific performance techniques that will set you apart from your competition
    • A sure-fire system for designing dynamic presentations
    • How to increase your revenue by increasing your relevance
    Register now (free for Professional Members, $25 for everyone else) and you will receive a link to a video of the complete meeting, which you can watch from your desktop or mobile device at your convenience.
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • Friday, February 28, 2020
    • your desk

    Did You miss Kevin McCarthy's Speaker Launch Blueprint?

    Zero to Six Figures in 12 Months

    SPEAKER LAUNCH BLUEPRINT will catapult newer and aspiring speakers to success - fast! And, seasoned veterans will discover how to reinvigorate their businesses by reaching new markets to book more engagements.

    Learn how Kevin McCarthy launched his business from zero paid speaking engagements on the calendar in January 2016 to 30 paid engagements within just 12.5 months. The first event was booked within three weeks of launching this system. And, the system continues working consistently year over year.

    Register now (free for Professional Members, $25 for everyone else) and you will receive a link to a video of the complete meeting, which you can watch from your desktop or mobile device at your convenience.

    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

    Executive Speech Coaching Secrets: Techniques to Transform Your Presentations

    During her career Patricia Fripp has delivered over 3,000 presentations on five continents. From her rise as a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, she has transitioned into an in-demand executive speech coach.

    During her entertaining, content-rich, and highly interactive presentation, you will get to peek behind the curtain. When you understand how Fripp helps her clients structure, script, and specify, you will also be able to breathe new life into all of your presentations. In Silicon Valley Patricia is well-known for turning shy, modest, brilliant engineers into corporate rock stars. What do you think she can do for you?

    Some lucky attendees will also experience her razor-sharp mini-coaching.

    Patricia was NSA's first woman president. Meetings and Conventions magazine named her “One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America,” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote that “. . . the sixth best way to invest in you is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp.”

    Patricia Fripp is now virtually everywhere with her highly interactive, learn-at-your-own-pace, online training at www.FrippVT.com. This is the best way to learn presentation skills easily, conveniently, quickly, and cost-effectively.


    4:00 - 5:00 PM - "Fripp Unplugged"

    5:30 PM - Networking Dinner

    6:30 - 8:30 PM - Program

    • Monday, March 25, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Home of Kit Welchlin, 2080 Arcade Street, Maplewood, MN 55109
    • 9

    Topic: Topic Research and Development

    • Saturday, April 06, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Ascendancy Research Park Place East 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 350 St. Louis Park, MN

    Hello! This is Liz Uram. I want to personally invite you to a FREE lunch! And… strategy session. I am super excited for the opportunity to serve as the NSA-MN Chapter President for the 2019/2020 year that begins July 1st. But, this is YOUR chapter, and I want to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for making the most out of your membership.

    The agenda for the session is as follows…

    11:30am – 12pm Enjoy a delicious free lunch from Panera

    12pm – 1:45pm Round table strategic planning. We will use the Start, Stop, and Continue format to facilitate discussion in each of the following categories. What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we continue doing? We will break into small groups to discuss each category and then rotate. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their ideas on each topic. Discussions may include, but are not limited to, the questions listed below.

    • Membership - how can the chapter best serve the CSP’s and Legacy Members? How can we highlight the talent we have in our chapter? How can we support the members of the Speaker Academy so they can become professional members?
    • Meetings – in addition to our great guest speakers, how can we make the meetings more valuable to you? Thoughts on how much time is spent on announcements, networking, breaks, etc?
    • Special Events – Summer Social, Holiday Party, and Gala – do you attend? Why or why not?
    • Workshops – what topics are you interested in?
    • Communication – social media, newsletter – do we communicate enough? Too much? Too little?

    1:45pm – 2:30pm Large group discussion and next steps

    I hope you can join us! This is YOUR chapter – make the most of it!

    Questions? Can’t make it but want to share your ideas? Contact Liz Uram, incoming Chapter President – (612) 961-9801 or liz@coachandmentor.net.

    Note: time frames for discussion are approximate and is subject to change.

    • Monday, April 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Home of Carol Kaemmerer, 4900 Trillium Ln, Edina, MN 55435
    • 14

    From Passion to Paycheck: Quinn Nystrom and Carol Kaemmerer, experts in very separate areas, welcome you to an informal evening of learning and sharing about how they -- and you -- share personal passions through speaking. Quinn's expertise is diabetes education and prevention; Carol's is sharing your personal brand effectively through LinkedIn.

    • Friday, April 19, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Melanie DePaoli

    Maximize Social Media to Market Your Brand

    The enigma of social media—it’s a part of your marketing strategy, but how do you use it? This presentation focuses on the difference between marketing to your customers’ versus what the search engines need to get on page one and how to bring the two together to integrate social media into your existing marketing strategy and increase your bottom-line. A workshop version of this presentation is also available to help train your employees about the specific tools, their use, and how it supports your organization’s social media efforts. The workshop will cover up to two social media tools per presentation day and each tool requires two hours.

    You will learn:

    • New ideas to implement immediately to produce powerful results
    • Simplified best social media practices that are easy to implement
    • How to integrate social media with ‘traditional’ marketing efforts
    • The latest research about social media and what it means for you
    • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 13

    Topic: Speaking and Media

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Keep Your Audience's Attention Glued on You

    Today's savvy audiences won't stand (or sit) for being talked at, they want to be part of your presentation. Learn from top experts how to engage your audience with interactive activities that keep their eyes off their phones and on you. Whether you speak to audiences of 10 or 10,000, you'll walk away with techniques to make your audience part of the experience.

    • Friday, May 31, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • International Square - Studio 185, 275 Market St, Minneapolis
    IMAGINE … what you can do with a Unifying Vision!”
    A Show Full of Possibilities, Impossibilities and MindShark Motivation!
    America’s Premier Mentalist, Joe “The MindShark” Curcillo explores your imagination and your thoughts! Within your ideas and dreams are the keys to your success. This thought-driven program promises to be a perfect blend of message and amazement providing a thought-provoking session! Joe has presented to audiences throughout the world, and he has even appeared in the United States Supreme Court. The MindShark is a Mentalist & an Attorney who will challenge your limitations as he pushes your beliefs and abilities to the extreme!

    This year's Gala will include fun, food, passing of the gavel, and a silent auction.  It will be a celebration of a wonderful year and an inspiration for a exciting year to come. 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. Registration is required.

    Contact Annie Meehan to donate items for the silent auction.

    • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD

    Update your video for your marketing materials, website or social media!

    Invite your friends, colleagues and family to join the audience and help bring energy to the room.

    Cost includes the space and a copy of your 8-10 minute video recording to be used as you would like. More details to come as we get closer. Spots are filling up fast so get signed up today!

Past events

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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