Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Diane & Dan Amundson's Home in Winona (address provided in confirmation email)

    Members Only Event

    Join us for food, fun, fellowship, and fall colors at Diane and Dan Amundson’s home on a breathtaking scenic bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Winona, MN.

    Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. BYOB if you want something stronger.

    October in Winona is the perfect time for a day trip to enjoy the scenery and visit an apple orchard or two. Bring the family and make a day of it. The Social is from 11am – 2pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy everything Winona has to offer. Plan to visit some of these Winona highlights:

    • Art exhibits at MMAM and Winona County History Center, featuring the works of Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh;
    • Garrison Keillor is performing on Friday night, October 18 at 7pm at St Cecilia Theater (part of the Hurry Back Productions – tickets can be purchased now through the Hurry Back website);
    • Farmers Mrkeat on Saturday from 7:30am – 12pm;
    • Jam Session at Acoustic Cafe on Oct 20 from 4-6:30pm.
    • SG Auction – about 350 cars will be auctioned off at the Remlinger Muscle Museum (off Hwy 61 – by Hoff Celebration Center).  Free entrance.  VIP packages can be purchased through their site.
    Check out the Visit Winona website for more ideas.

    If you plan on staying the weekend, you might like this BnB.

    • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Michelle Villalobos

    Retreats to Riches: How to Design, Fill & Profit from Small Events

    In this program, Michelle will share with you a surprisingly simple and different approach to driving income and delivering impact through transformational small events.

    Here’s a hint: creating a great event isn’t enough, you must also build a “big back end” to drive Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) after the event!

    Once you understand how to do this and create stability for the long term, you’ll have the opportunity to create more freedom, fortune, fulfillment and FUN in your business!

    You’ll Learn…

    • How just 4 small retreats a year can easily generate an additional 6 figures in revenue to your business
    • The #1 thing that every retreat MUST have, without exception (and most people don’t know about)
    • 3 specific things you must know about your target audience to ensure that your retreat is compelling for them
    • 7 no-cost marketing strategies to fill your retreats
    • The key 2 elements of a “big back end” that will give you stability and freedom
    • You’ll also see case studies and examples of successful retreat models from a wide variety of industries including wellness, business, marketing and personal development

    Michelle Villalobos, AKA: The Superstar Activator, helps Superstar speakers, authors, coaches, consultants and other expert entrepreneurs build and grow sustainable, lifestyle-friendly, impact-driven businesses.

    She discovered the retreats business model during a particularly challenging time in her life and within 14 months, quadrupled her business, was able to hire support for the first time, and freed herself up enough to take a 1 year road trip around the USA.

    Since then she and her team have focused on mastering how to market, fill and deliver retreats, and share what they’ve learned with clients.

    5 p.m. registration
    5:30 p.m. buffet dinner
    5:45 a.m. program begins

    • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • DoubleTree, 1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Mark Brown, CSP, WCPS

    Platform Mastery: How to Command Your Stage

    Most presenters take the stage, but very few COMMAND the stage. What are the skills and techniques that the exceptional professionals use to command the stage? Presenter Mark Brown, CSP, WCPS, has been using those techniques to
    command stages on five continents, for more than 25 years. He will share some of the common mistakes most presenters make, as well as essential ‘must-haves’ for being unforgettable on the platform. Attend this intensive session to learn his secrets, and to see them in action with live coaching for brave volunteers from the audience!

    Attendees will receive LIVE COACHING and learn:

    • How movement can HURT or HELP your speech
    • How to transform a speech into an experience
    • How to master the platform for maximum impact

    8 a.m. registration
    8:30 a.m. buffet breakfast
    8:45 a.m. program begins

    • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • John Tscholl's Home

    Members Only Event

    Celebrate the season with your NSA-MN friends and colleagues!

    Registration to open soon.

    • Saturday, January 11, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Orvel Ray Wilson, CSP, CEC

    Selling from the Stage: Using Stories to Attract High-Value Clients

    Reveal how to make every speech spin off multiple high-dollar bookings. Getting the business is the toughest part of the business, and this program shares simple guerrilla marketing tactics that are simple, easy, and highly effective.  

    In this fast-moving 75-minute program, you’ll learn:

    • Why speaking is a great way for speakers, consultants and coaches to attract high-value clients
    • How to get bookings, both free and fee
    • How to structure a presentation that sells
    • The secret to selling from the stage without sounding commercial
    • Three types of stories that, when you tell them, make prospects line up to hire you.

    Presented by one of the most respected members of NSA, Orvel Ray Wilson, CSP, is a coauthor of the legendary Guerrilla Marketing series, with more than 22 million books sold worldwide, including Guerrilla Selling, Guerrilla Trade Show Selling, Guerrilla TeleSelling, Guerrilla Negotiating and Guerrilla Retailing. Unconventional, engaging and funny, he's addressed audiences large and small in more than 1,000 cities and 44 countries, on every continent except Antarctica.

    After 40 years as a professional speaker, he now coaches other professional speakers on method, material and marketing. He holds the highest level of certification recognized globally by meeting planners. In 2001 he was named "Speaker of the Year" by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), San Diego, and he’s been voted one of the world’s “Top 5 Sales and Marketing Speakers” for the past 5 years straight.

    8 a.m. registration
    8:30 a.m. buffet breakfast
    8:45 a.m. program begins

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Marquesa Pettway, CSP

    The SpeakerpreneurTM Signature System 

    If you are feeling like your speaker business isn't lifting your life overall (financially, lifestyle wise, client wise, impact desired), do not miss this chapter meeting. Hear this message from Marquesa to learn more.
    Here are a few of your outcomes:

    • Creating a SpeakerpreneurTM Biz Lifestyle which allows you to leverage your expertise, knowledge and platform (online and offline)
    • What am I really selling as a speaker and it's not a speech!
    • The Money Maker of your Speaking Business Your Six Figure Signature System
    • Sometimes professional speakers skip this part which leads to financial havoc
    • Important information for speakers at all levels
    • Multiple Income Streams with one expertise
    • Am I systematized, really??
    • Leveraging every presentation
    • Are you a SpeakerpreneurTM
    • The Virtual Business

    Plus so much more...
    Former CNN Associate Producer, now Business Reinvention Expert, Marquesa Pettway (CSP ) turns entrepreneurs into Six Figure Speakerpreneurs with her SpeakerBlueprint Signature System resulting in a highly influential platform.

    Speaker Magazine Columnist from 2015-2017 a column she created "Speaker Toolkit - Column", Syndicated Columnist for TV, Professional speaker, and the founder and chief coach of The National Center for Speakerpreneur Training. She served as the Live Broadcasting Host for Women Speakers Association. She's spoken all over the world in every single state and a few countries.

    Ms. Pettway has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and professionals since 2005. She's recognized an as expert by MSNBC, New York Newsday, Toastmasters International Magazine to name a few.  New York City Resident for 25 years!

    5 p.m. registration
    5:30 p.m. buffet dinner
    5:45 a.m. program begins

    • Friday, March 13, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: David Avrin, CSP
    Global Speaking Fellow

    Getting Paid Speaking Gigs: The Hard Truth About the Business Side of Speaking

    The hard truth about our profession is that most professional speakers will never make a living as a professional speaker. Worse yet, upwards of 20% of our industry simply quits each year to go get a “real job.” Why? Because they believed the assertion that if you have a good story, strong stage skills and passion for your message, that you will be in-demand. It’s not true. Not even close. You have to market. You have to sell your speaking.

    In this honest, provocative and content-rich session, Customer Experience and Marketing speaker, David Avrin, CSP will pull back the curtains on his successful speaking business to show how he and his team fills his calendar by going after the speaking gigs they want.

    NOTE: We will NOT cover speaking skills, keynote creation, storytelling, back-of-room sales or anything performance related. This session is about the business side of the speaking business.

    8 a.m. registration
    8:30 a.m. buffet breakfast
    8:45 a.m. program begins

    • Saturday, April 11, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Debbie Allen, CSP

    Dramatically Boost Your Speaking Income with Expert Positioning

    During this content-rich and fun presentation you will discover a proven step-by-step action plan and no-nonsense marketing strategies to build a highly profitable speaking business.

    Discover how to accelerate your speaking career by developing a recognized ‘go-to expert’ brand. Plus, also learn how to effectively reinvent when you need to shift your market and increase your income.

    Learn How To:

    • Expand your speaking business income with the expert positioning model of marketing.
    • Reinvent your existing speaking business when you need to shift your market and/or increase your income.
    • Build a powerful brand that attracts your most ideal clients.
    • Grow a highly profitable speaking career and build a speaking empire.

    8 a.m. registration
    8:30 a.m. buffet breakfast
    8:45 a.m. program begins

Past events

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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