Upcoming events

    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • Monday, December 31, 2018
    • 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.
    • Monday, November 26, 2018
    • Friday, March 01, 2019
    • your desk

    Did You Miss Craig Valentine's Program on Boosting Your Biz Through Back of the Room Sales?

    Take some time to watch or re-watch Craig's Video where you will be inspired and learn.

    You've seen lots of speakers do it badly. They irritate their audiences and their clients. Sure they make some money, but they've alienated many who wouldn't buy anything and certainly won't recommend them. So how do you sell in the back of the room well -- not only so they're lining up in droves to throw their credit cards at you, but also willing to sing your praises to the client and others? Imagine seeing a crowd of excited audience members at your product table with expressions that say, “I can’t wait to get my hands on this product.” Then watch as they purchase bundles of your products. Few know how to soft sell yet make hard cash. Craig is one of those rare speakers who knows how to SWAP (Sell Without Annoying People). Learn his secrets so you can not only serve more people by providing tools to enhance your presentation, but can make good money from those sales. Even if you’re giving a free speech, you’ll walk away with loads of sales. And guess what? Product sales feed your speaking engagements which then feed your product sales! It’s the Speaker’s Cycle of Wealth. Get on board.

    You will learn how to:

    • Make thousands of extra dollars per speech
    • Understand the biggest mistakes speakers make when selling
    • Use the Then, Now, and How Formula to get them to take the next step
    • Learn to SWAP (Sell Without Annoying People)

    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.

    • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 13220 Longview Drive, Burnsville MN 55337
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    Join us for this new, informal format. Topic: How to Sustain a Successful Speaking Business. 15 attendees max.

    • Friday, December 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Home of Annie Meehan, 13220 Longview Drive, Burnsville MN 55337

    Members only... celebrating the close of a fabulous year and looking forward to 2019!
    Please bring:

    • An appetizer to share
    • A gift for a game exchange (nice, funny or white elephant -- your choice)
    • BYOB
    Join us for a fun and festive evening of singing, laughter, celebrating and connecting!
    • Friday, January 04, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE (NSA President 2018-2019)

    Doing What it Takes

    How to differentiate and deliver in today’s competitive marketplace. Hall of Fame speaker Dan Thurmon will deliver an experience that distills his most valuable lessons from 25 years in the speaking business. He will share excerpts from his programs and insights for crafting and delivering presentations. And as an added bonus, Dan will provide valuable insights about the business of speaking that will help you succeed in the most competitive marketplace ever.

    By attending 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

    Come prepared with questions, and bring a guest, as this promises to be a fun, informative, and action packed program!

    8:30 - 9:30 AM - Networking/Hot Breakfast
    9:30 - 11:30 AM - Program

    • Friday, January 18, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Home of Audrey Thomas, 10437 5th Avenue Circle, Bloomington, MN
    • 11

    Evolving Business Models

    Business models come in all sizes and shapes. If you are an NSA member or student of the speaking business, then you know there is no single path—or even definition of—success. In fact, most of us create our businesses, and they grow, shift, and change as we do, making adjustments along the way. 
    Join Chris Heeter and Audrey Thomas, CSP, as they describe how each of their businesses has morphed over the years. From speaking locally & internationally to expanding income streams to hiring support staff, Chris and Audrey will share their experiences and offer tools and ideas to think differently about your own business. Q&A will play a big part of this program so come prepared to ask (nearly) anything.

    Space is limited. Register now!

    • Saturday, February 09, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD
    Join the Minnesota chapter of the National Speaker’s Association in this dynamic workshop designed around Stevie Ray’s (of Stevie Ray’s Improv Comedy Club) 7 Levels of Humor and 3 Laws of Laughter.

    You will laugh and learn from a diverse group of top Minnesota professional speakers as they showcase and teach how they use the 7 Levels of Humor and 3 Laws of Laughter in their presentations. In this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to identify and discuss the levels of laughter and what made you laugh.

    5 Great Reasons to Attend
    1. Discover techniques that make humor stick
    2. Learn how to incorporate humor into even seemingly dry topics
    3. Rediscover your natural humor and the magic of timing
    4. Refresh old stories and draw on personal experience
    5. Leave feeling revitalized and have more fun in your next presentation
    The Speaker Line-Up includes:
    • Randall Munson
    • Amy Dee
    • Bryce Austin
    • Brenda Elsagher
    • David Goldman conducting a special session on how to write your own humor
    • Friday, February 15, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Studio 185, Int'l Market Square, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Kevin McCarthy

    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.

    You'll learn:

    • How to identify your lowest hanging fruit - the ideal target audience for the fastest path to bookings.
    • How to create a marketing title that POPS!
    • How to find and build a list of potential clients.
    • How to write a highly effective email that yields 50-70% “reply” rates (way better than just "open" rates).
    • How to craft a marketing campaign series that has potential clients apologizing for not responding sooner.

    This program is not theory, nor is it a keynote. It has been called one of the most practical, actionable chapter programs ever.

    Nothing is held back. See what's behind the curtain and understand exactly how to run a consistent and highly successful marketing program that continues to bring 30-40 paid engagements annually.


    8:30 - 9:30 AM - Networking/Hot Breakfast

    9:30 - 11:30 AM - Program

    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Studio 185, Int'l Market Square, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    March 21, 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

    • 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

    8:30 - 9:30 AM - Networking/Hot Breakfast

    9:30 - 11:30 AM - Program

    • Thursday, May 09, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: TBD

    Topic Coming Soon

    5:30 PM - Networking Dinner

    6:30 - 8:30 PM - Program

    • 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.

Past events

Friday, December 07, 2018 Chapter Meeting: Build Your Own Stage
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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