Upcoming events

    • Monday, October 10, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    How to Create a Positioning Statement and One Sheet to Book More Business with Lois Creamer

    A special invitation from the Speaker Academy to all NSA Minnesota Members

    In this two-hour session, Lois Creamer will share her expertise on how to create a One Sheet that stands out as well as how to create a positioning statement that will add clarity to your business. 
    Lois is an industry expert working with speakers who want to book more business, make more money and fully monetize their message. She is the author of Book More Business: Make Money Speaking, and The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches. Both books are available on Amazon as well as book stores.
    Clients include Chicken Soup’s Jack Canfield; author of The Sales Bible Jeffrey Gitomer; Patricia Fripp and more.
    Lois' expertise and no nonsense style has led her to invitations to present at NSA national meetings and chapters as well as to members of the Global Federation. In 2021, she was named “Honorary Fellow” by the  Professional Speakers Association United Kingdom and Ireland.

    Lois has appeared in Forbes, Bloomberg Business, Speaker Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

    • Friday, October 14, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • LuminFire, 5155 East River Rd, Suite 405, Minneapolis
    • 7

    Deep Dive: Your Audience. Your Team.
    Featuring James Robilotta, CSP

    Free to NSA-MN Members!
    Beverages and snacks will be provided.

    Meeting planners are asking more and more for interactive sessions at their events. If you’re not a magician or musician, don’t worry! There are so many meaningful ways to connect with your audience, the key is finding the avenue that feels authentic to you. In this Deep Dive, NSA-Minnesota member James Robilotta, CSP, will walk you through multiple ways to boost your audience participation and interaction in your keynotes and workshops. You will find stories you didn’t realize you had, put more of you into your presentations, and make the audience feel like they are your teammate, not just willing and unwilling observers.

    James Robilotta, CSP, is a professional speaker, personal coach, entrepreneur, and author of Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings. He speaks to willing and unwilling audiences internationally about authentic leadership and promoting memorability. As a speaker, he is doing the two things he loves the most: causing audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and making people laugh! His thought-provoking talks are infused with self-awareness and comedy stemming from his background as a trained stand-up and improv comedian.

    This special program is graciously hosted by NSA-MN member Tim Cimbura, CEO of LuminFire. Their office is located just south of the 694-East River Road interchange.

    • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Chapter Meeting

    Leveraging Laughter in Stories for Connection and Impact
    Guest Speaker: Tim Gard, CSP®, CPAE

    Hall of Fame speaker Tim Gard is someone who can find the funny almost anywhere and you can too! You will be excited to know that you don't need more stories. You just need to discover how to make your existing stories funnier. You can do that with Tim's three-step process. Discover how to build humor into stories for training events or the main stage and how to take the humor you currently use and make it funnier and have more impact. Why stop when you get a giggle? With a little bit of work a funny story becomes a hilarious signature story that can get you booked again and again. Several participants will have the opportunity to tell a story during the session and have Tim demonstrate his process and help you find the funny in it.

    1.    How to be able to consistently build humor into stories
    2.    Building humor stories using Tim’s bell curve premise.
    3.    How to identify good humor and avoid bad humor

    Click here to watch a welcome video from Tim

    Tim Gard, CSP®, CPAE is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches’ businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. Talented, innovative and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style. Tim "walks his talk" as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the sales industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran. Recognized as a pioneer in humor-based training. Tim is a certified speaking professional (CSP) & a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame, an elite honor held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide. The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humor Me, Tim humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.

    • Saturday, November 19, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Chapter Meeting

    Power Tools for A Profitable Speaking Business
    Guest Speaker: Crystal Washington, CSP®

    Having a successful and sustainable speaking business requires more than simply rocking the stage. Developing systems and policies are key! Let Crystal Washington, CSP share some of the most powerful and underutilized tools for extraordinary business growth. Whether you are a new speaker or a seasoned veteran, you'll learn new ways to leverage old tools and the coolest new tech for business growth. During this event, you will:

    1. Discover how to create a system for prospecting
    2. Learn the best tools for event management
    3. Uncover how to market yourself to grow your business

    Crystal Washington, CSP works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity!

    As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal takes complex social media, app, and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. Crystal’s clients comprise Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE, and as a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.

    As one of Forbes’ 50 Leading Female Futurists, She appears weekly on season two of the Emmy nominated show, Life 2.0 and she’s appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.

    Crystal is the author of the books One Tech Action and The Social Media Why.

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • via Zoom

    Virtual Chapter Meeting

    Use the Power of Facilitation to Grow Your Speaking Business!
    Guest Speaker: Eddie Turner, CSP®

    Increasingly, meeting planners are asking for it.  Audiences are demanding it.  What is it? More interaction from speakers! 

    It is no longer enough to be the “sage on the stage.” The highly-paid speakers have discovered that the key to engaging audiences is to become a facilitative speaker—both in delivering keynotes and training and in customized workshops that follow these events.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to pivot to virtual work and virtual programming.  This increases the need for speakers to master the power of facilitation. This program will explain and demonstrate how professional speakers can use the power of facilitation to grow their speaking business.

    1. Define facilitation and why it matters for speakers.
    2. Identify opportunities for facilitation.
    3. Explain methods and techniques appropriate for speakers.

    Eddie Turner is an in-demand leadership development expert who works with leaders as an executive coach, facilitator, and speaker to “Accelerate Performance and Drive Impact!”®   For the last two years, he has been ranked in the Top 10 on the Top 30 List of Motivational Speakers by Global Gurus.

    He is a Certified Speaking Professional™ (CSP®), who has spoken at 10 NSA Chapters, the NSA Winter Conference, been featured on NSA’s Voices of Experience, and written for Speaker Magazine. He has held several leadership roles in his local NSA chapter and is in his second year of service on the National CSP® Committee.

    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Save the date! More details available soon.

    • Friday, February 10, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Save the date! More details available soon.

    • Saturday, March 11, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

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    • Thursday, April 13, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Save the date! More details available soon.

Past events

Monday, September 12, 2022 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Thursday, September 08, 2022 Embrace the Change: 15+ Sticky Strategies that Engage Today's Diverse Audience
Monday, August 29, 2022 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Friday, August 19, 2022 Special Brunch Program for Platinum Platform Professionals Only
Thursday, May 19, 2022 Annual Gala & Awards Night
Friday, May 13, 2022 MN Hall of Fame Speaker Showcase: Never Be the Same with Mark LeBlanc, CSP
Monday, May 02, 2022 Fireside Chat: Write the Right Book! How Smart Speakers Make Better Decisions In Publishing Their First Book
Friday, April 22, 2022 Chapter Meeting: THRIVE: Turning Uncertainty To YOUR Competitive Advantage
Monday, March 21, 2022 MN Hall of Fame Speaker Showcase: We Learn, We Un-Learn & We Re-Learn with Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Saturday, March 19, 2022 Chapter Meeting: Making Yourself Relevant in Today’s “Speaker Marketplace”
Thursday, February 10, 2022 Chapter Meeting -- Rock the Virtual Stage: Creating A Bookable and Memorable Online Experience
Monday, February 07, 2022 Energize Your Speaking Career: Ride the Highs, Mine the Lows, Find Your Flow
Friday, January 21, 2022 Hall of Fame Speaker Showcase: The Magic of Stories with David McNally, CPAE
Saturday, January 15, 2022 Chapter Meeting: On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks
Friday, December 03, 2021 Chapter Meeting: The 3 Essentials for Scaling Your Speaking Business
Monday, November 29, 2021 Members Only Deep Drive Workshop with Ross Bernstein, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Chapter Meeting: BRAINS-BIAS-SPEAKING -- What Neuroscience & Behavioral Science Have To Say About That!
Friday, October 22, 2021 Chapter Meeting: Overcome the Top Ten Negotiation Mistakes Speakers Make
Saturday, October 16, 2021 Fall Social with Mucho Sabor!
Saturday, September 25, 2021 Deep Dive With Sylvie di Giusto
Saturday, September 25, 2021 Chapter Meeting: You've Got 7 Seconds. Make Them Count!
Monday, September 20, 2021 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Monday, September 13, 2021 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Monday, August 23, 2021 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Thursday, May 27, 2021 Gala
Saturday, April 10, 2021 Chapter Meeting: The Million Dollar Tipping Point
Friday, March 12, 2021 Chapter Meeting: Humor Me
Monday, February 22, 2021 From Diva Dogs to Do-overs: A dog musher's perspective on being Wildly Resilient
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Chapter Meeting: Still Standing. Still Smiling.
Thursday, January 14, 2021 Hands On Speech Structure and Delivery Skills Lab
Saturday, January 09, 2021 Chapter Meeting: How to Build a Speaking Empire
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Let’s Ring in the New Year: To 2021!
Monday, December 14, 2020 Virtual Showcase: The Emotionally Engaging Advisor
Thursday, December 03, 2020 Chapter Meeting: Turning Your Content to Cash
Thursday, November 12, 2020 Chapter Meeting: Stop Waiting for the Phone to Ring!
Monday, October 26, 2020 Virtual Showcase: The Journey of D's to Growing Your Business
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Chapter Meeting: How to Write Winning Proposals for Speakers
Monday, September 21, 2020 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Monday, September 14, 2020 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Virtual Chapter Meeting: Selling the Sizzle
Monday, August 24, 2020 Speaker Academy Informational Session
Monday, July 20, 2020 Virtual Showcase: Searching for Speaking Opportunities (virtual today, in-person tomorrow)
Monday, July 06, 2020 Virtual Showcase: Don't Break the Bank Setting Up Your Home Studio
Monday, June 29, 2020 Virtual Showcase -- The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World
Monday, June 22, 2020 Virtual Showcase -- Leading Your Virtual Team
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Virtual Showcase: Leading Through Crisis. Resilient. Thankful. Happy. An Inspirational Journey.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Marketing The Emerging Speaker with Ted Janusz, MBA, CSP
Monday, June 08, 2020 Virtual Showcase: Managing the Stress Caused by COVID-19?
Thursday, May 28, 2020 Gala
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Be a homebound hero: Remaining in the game when you’ve been benched
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Virtual Chapter Meeting: LinkedIn Strategies for Speakers
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Virtual Chapter Meeting: How to Continue to Build and Grow Your Speaking Business During Uncertain Times
Monday, April 06, 2020 Maintain Business Continuity – It’s Time to Drive and Thrive
Friday, April 03, 2020 Zoom Session with Heather Lutze: Findability Formula
Friday, March 27, 2020 Virtual Master Class -- Relatability: The Humanity of Speaking
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Virtual Coffee Break with NSA-MN
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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