Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Burnsville, MN
    • 12

    Join us for this new, informal format. Topic: The Unfolding & Development of a Speaking Business. 15 attendees max.

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Home of Thom Winninger, 5637 Interlachen Circle, Edina
    • 8

    Join us for this new, informal format. 15 attendees max.

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Candy Whirley

    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. Watch Candy's welcome video here.


    • Brainstorming techniques that will change attitudes and get BUY-IN!
    • Learn Candy's best and most used activities to problem-solve fast and efficiently with fun.
    • 5 new activities that teach multiple lessons…. and are memorable!
    • Invent your own activity and lessons… it’s easy… she promises!
    What to bring:
    • An open mind
    • The first grader in you!
    • Comfortable clothes… do NOT dress up we will be playing a lot!
    • One item from the Dollar Store (don’t tell anyone what you are bringing!) 
    8:30 - 9:30 AM - Networking/Hot Breakfast

    9:30 - 11:30 AM - Program

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Workshop: Learn From the Legends of NSA-MN

    The speaking business can be tough and only the best are able to make a sustainable career out of it. Success requires perseverance, passion, and most importantly talent!

    See the experts in action and discover what it takes to make it as a professional speaker over the long haul. Each expert will showcase their skills followed by a panel discussion with audience q&a.

    Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to receive priceless wisdom and valuable insights from the Legends of NSA-MN!

    Confirmed speakers: Dan Diebold, Janie Jasin, and David McNally.

    Check back for updates to the speaker lineup!

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Guest Speaker: Craig Valentine

    Boost Your Biz Through Back of the Room Sales

    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)

    5:30 PM - Networking Dinner

    6:30 - 8:30 PM - Program

    • 07 Dec 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Build Your Own Stage: How to Profit from Your Own Live Event

    Guest Speaker: Darnyelle Jervey Harmon, MBA

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

    9:30 - 11:30 AM - Program

    Are you a speaker, consultant or coach who is frustrated by waiting to get booked by others? Why not create your own stage and profit big? In just three days, me and many of my clients and I have generated 6-7 figures at our own live events.

    This workshop is designed to show you how, right now, you are leaving big money on the table if you're not holding your own small events. Let me show you how to produce and profit from your next live event so that you confidently and courageously serve your attendees, add tremendous value, transform their lives, and build your business in the process.

    There’s something to be said about desiring to hold events, there’s no better way to transform lives and create an experience, but if you don’t learn how to do it correctly, you’ll waste time, money and your precious energy and come up empty.

    Whether you're already speaking and know your audiences want more of you, or are just starting out and want a leveraged way to generate great income without becoming a slave to your business, this is for you!

    You're about to discover:

    • 7 types of events that are highly profitable (so there's definitely one that will work for you)
    • the 5 step process to creating your signature small event (it's simpler than you think with the right system)
    • the #1 mistake to avoid on your first event (this will save you time and money and make your event an experience your audience can't wait to share!)

    Darnyelle Jervey Harmon, MBA is an award-winning business growth speaker and consultant who helps service based entrepreneurs become 6 and 7 figure CEOs while building a business that serves them and funds the life they crave.

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • St. Louis Park, MN
    • 8

    Join us for this new, informal format. Topic: How to Sustain a Successful Speaking Business. 15 attendees max.

    • 04 Jan 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

    • 18 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 10437 5th Avenue Circle, Bloomington, MN
    • 14

    Join us for this new, informal format. 15 attendees max.

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD

    Do I Have to Be Funny?

    Only if you want to get paid! So goes the old joke. Using humor in your presentations is no laughing matter, you really do need it if you want to be a successful speaker. 

    Join us for this workshop and learn from leading experts how you can use humor to gain a competitive advantage, even if you don't think you're funny.

    • 15 Feb 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

    • 21 Mar 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

    • 19 Apr 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

    • 09 May 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

    • 18 May 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

17 Sep 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
13 Sep 2018 Chapter Meeting: Power Selling with LinkedIn
10 Sep 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
23 Aug 2018 Summer’s Edge Social
20 Aug 2018 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
15 Jul 2018 Midwest Reception at Influence ’18
13 Jun 2018 Gala
18 May 2018 Own the Stage: Members Only Workshop
18 May 2018 Chapter Meeting: Oh Crap, I Have a Presentation to Give
27 Apr 2018 Story Coaching Deep Dive with Doug Stevenson: Members Only Workshop
27 Apr 2018 Chapter Meeting: Storytelling Mastery That Grows Your Business
23 Mar 2018 I Want to be Different Just Like Everyone Else: Branding and Positioning for the Aspiring Speaker -- Speaker Academy Members Only Workshop
23 Mar 2018 Chapter Meeting: Branding Extravaganza 2.0
25 Feb 2018 Holiday Party
23 Feb 2018 Chapter Meeting: In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
20 Jan 2018 Chapter Meeting: What I Learned From Winning 29 Emmys That Speakers Should Know
02 Dec 2017 Chapter Meeting: Panel of CSPs & CPAEs
15 Nov 2017 Do YOU!: Members Only Workshop
15 Nov 2017 Chapter Meeting: Punch it Up!
28 Oct 2017 Video Action: Members Only Workshop
28 Oct 2017 Chapter Meeting: Sticky Content
30 Sep 2017 No Power, No Point: Members Only Workshop
18 Sep 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
11 Sep 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
09 Sep 2017 Chapter Meeting: Who Said Talk is Cheap?
20 Aug 2017 Summer’s Edge Social & Hooray for Horsager!
07 Aug 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
09 Jul 2017 Midwest Reception at Influence ’17
14 Jun 2017 Gala
05 Jun 2017 Speaker Academy Open House & Informational Session
25 May 2017 The Promise - The Speaker/Performer's Promise in the Engagement Experience
04 May 2017 Write Your Book in a Flash: Lunch 'n Learn
29 Apr 2017 Growing Your Speaking Empire: Get More Bookings, Sell More Products and Services
24 Apr 2017 Speaker Academy Open House
06 Apr 2017 LinkedIn Essentials for Professional Speakers
20 Mar 2017 How to Build a 6 Figure Speaking and Training Business Without Living on an Airplane: Learning Lab Happy Hour
10 Mar 2017 How to Book More Business in a Challenging Economy
03 Feb 2017 Beyond Competence to Confidence with Webinar Platforms and Presentations: Members Only Workshop
03 Feb 2017 Quit Calling Them Webinars and a Dozen Other Strategies for Making More Money
14 Jan 2017 How to Build a Speaking Business that Matters to You!: NSA-MN Chapter Meeting
10 Dec 2016 Improving Impact & Influence (In An Insanely Information-Infused World): What Your Brain Has To Say About That! -- Members Only Workshop
10 Dec 2016 Credibility is King & Queen: Is Your Content Google-Proof? -- Chapter Meeting
17 Nov 2016 20 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Content for Publicity and Profit: NSA Chapter Meeting
10 Nov 2016 NSA Minnesota Free Special Event “What’s Trust Got to Do with it?”
04 Nov 2016 Charge What You Are Worth: Lunch & Learn
29 Oct 2016 A New Twist on a Timeless Topic: Turning Prospects into Clients Through Story
08 Oct 2016 Corral Your Cash Cow
23 Sep 2016 Humor Sells Lunch & Learn
08 Sep 2016 Create Lasting Connections with Your Audience
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