Upcoming events

    • Friday, October 22, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

    Overcome the Top Ten Negotiation Mistakes Speakers Make
    Guest Speaker: Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

    How do you respond when told “your fee is not in our budget” and/or “can you lower your fee?” — especially in the new environment of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events? Learn practical ways to confidently discover what is available, when to ask for more, and when to run from engagements you really don’t want.

    You will learn:

    • The top 10 negotiation mistakes speakers make and actionable steps to avoid them.
    • How to ascertain the negotiation power of your contact and talk money safely.
    • What to say when a prospect asks you to do more and take less.

      About Linda Swindling, JD, CSP

      Negotiation speaker, author and expert Linda Swindling, JD, CSP, helps leaders negotiate everything from big deals to workplace drama using proven strategies that drive results without driving others away.

      Linda helps leaders enhance business relationships; improve sales opportunities; communicate more effectively so they are heard and understood; and to have the courage and confidence to ask outrageously to get what they really want.

      Linda learned first-hand how to negotiate results from her experiences in the courtroom and the boardroom. During her 10 years practicing law, Linda became a partner, had several successes negotiating multi-million-dollar deals, and resolved cases that “couldn’t be settled.” She also became a respected mediator in the Texas legal community. In addition to earning her law degree, Linda received advanced negotiation training through the Attorney-Mediators Institute, Harvard/MIT’s Program on Negotiation, and The University of Houston’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center. Linda also spent five years with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO development organization. During her role as a Chair at Vistage, she advised and coached CEOs and key executives both in one-to-one settings and in peer groups.

      Linda is an engaging keynote speaker and facilitator who delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than 20 years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results.

      Linda is certified in the COREMAP assessment, the RAMP method and as a ToPS facilitator. She is also a Board Certified Coach, an eSpeakers Certified Virtual Presenter, and Certified Speaking Professional. Linda was also recently recognized as a Top 30 Negotiation Guru.

      Linda’s clients include the Fortune 500, companies from a wide variety of industries, governmental entities and many international associations. Linda has worked with Ericsson, Texas Instruments, AstraZeneca, Pepsico, ThyssenKrupp, Marriott, UT Southwestern, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and more.

      Linda is the author/co-author of more than 20 books, including her best-selling Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want and Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done. She is a TEDx speaker and frequent media guest who has appeared on or been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, and more.

      • Thursday, November 11, 2021
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • via Zoom

      How To Build a Sustainable, Profitable, and Fulfilling Business as a Speaker.
      Guest Speaker: Barry Banther

      How can you build a profitable speaking business that includes consulting, training or coaching?  How can you develop clients that use you monthly for years?  Even decades?  These questions will be answered with clear practical steps you can take immediately to grow additional income for your speaking business.

      About the Speaker

      Barry Banther has been an NSA member since 1998. He has held every elected position at the Chapter level, and after being sworn in at Influence as the Chairman of the Board of NSA, he will have held every position nationally. More importantly Barry brings over four decades of experience as a leader. He served in the administration of three Florida Governors as their appointee to oversee the regulation of all Private Higher Education. He was elected to three back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities.

      He is the founder and CEO of two professional service firms delivering speaking, training, and consulting across America. This body of work has earned Barry the highest certification as a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, and CMC, Certified Management Consultant.  He has also received broad recognition for his community leadership; including the All Pro Dad, Family Ambassador award from Family First, the home of the All Pro Dad program. In 2018 he and his wife received one of Florida’s highest awards for service to the community - The Jack and Ruth Eckerd Legacy Award.

      His firm, Banther Consulting, is a family business. His oldest son David is the Managing Partner, and his daughter-in-law Ruth recently earned Partner status.  Barry and his wife Janice divide their time between Tarpon Springs, Florida, and Banner Elk, NC. 

      • Friday, December 03, 2021
      • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
      • via Zoom

      The 3 Essentials for Scaling Your Speaking Business.
      Guest Speaker: Jane Atkinson

      Moving towards the business of your dreams is possible, regardless of the economy. Join Jane for this interactive workshop on how to position yourself for the best success. We’ll discuss:

      • The #1 requirement for reaching your goal
      • How to sell larger packages (virtual and in person)
      • What systems and teams you will need to scale

      About the Speaker
      Jane Atkinson has been helping speakers catapult their careers for nearly 30 years. She is the author of The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal.

      Prior to coaching, Jane worked as an agent for several speakers whose careers skyrocketed. She also served as Vice President of a Speakers Bureau in Dallas where she represented several celebrities, best-selling authors and business experts.

      Jane’s Wealthy Speaker School offers online courses, masterminds and private coaching programs for speakers at all levels helping speakers position to gain those almighty HIGHER FEES.

      • Saturday, January 15, 2022
      • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

      On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks
      Guest Speaker: Cathy Fyock

      You understand that a book could open the doors for prestigious speaking, coaching, and consulting engagements, could be the calling card that really grabs the attention of your hottest prospects, or could open the floodgates for media attention.

      Whether you’ve tried before and couldn’t get traction,whether it’s just too overwhelming, whether you believe you don’t have time, or whether the critical voices in your head are just too negative (What makes you think you can write a book?), the time to write a book could not be better.

      In this interactive and engaging program, you'll learn more about identifying your purpose for your book, overcoming obstacles, formulating a game plan, building momentum, and marketing once the draft is written.  You'll walk away with an action plan for getting it done!

      Learning Objectives:
      • Identify your book’s strategic plan—its purpose,obstacles, and target market.
      • Learn how to write quickly and effectively, even if you don’t like to write.
      • Create an action plan for your writing project.
      About the Speaker
      Cathy Fyock, CSP, is The Business Book Strategist, and works with speakers who want to write a book as a business growth strategy.

      She is the author of ten books, including On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks, Blog2Book: Repurposing Content to Discover the Book You've Already Written, Authority, and The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches.

      Since starting her business in 2014 she has helped more than 200 professionals become published authors. She believes that speakers and authors can and do change the world, one word at a time.
      • Thursday, February 10, 2022
      • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
      • via Zoom

      Save the date. More details to come soon.
      Guest Speaker: Tony Chatman

      • Friday, March 18, 2022
      • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

      Making Yourself Relevant in Today’s “Speaker Marketplace”
      Guest Speaker: Chad Hymas

      In a world of change in the speaking industry, Chad Hymas shares what his team is doing to scale, make a profit, and get a message out to the world for paying clients.

      About the Speaker
      Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall of Fame.  

      In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day—he became an example of what is possible.

      Chad is a best-selling author, president of his own communications company, and recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).

      Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He served as president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter and is a member of the elite Speakers Roundtable (one of twenty of the world’s top speakers).

      As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad travels as many as 300,000 miles a year, captivating and entertaining audiences around the world. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations, including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.

      • Friday, April 22, 2022
      • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN

      THRIVE: Turning Uncertainty To YOUR Competitive Advantage
      Guest Speaker: Meridith Powell

      Competitive, challenging and constantly changing – that is today’s marketplace! To grow and compete you need a new perspective and a new approach to sales, marketing and business growth. In this high-energy, power-packed session, Motivational Speaker Meridith Elliott Powell shares the innovative strategies you need to redefine disruption, put you in the driver’s seat, and turn uncertainty to your competitive advantage.

      Based on research from her newest book, Thrive: Turning Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage, where Meridith studied nine companies (who started in the late 1700s to early 1800s) that are still thriving in business today. Businesses that have survived World Wars, Economic Depression, and yes, even a Pandemic. Her research revealed a powerful methodology for what it takes to navigate change at this level, to find opportunity in crisis, and how to inspire your members to move from reacting to change to driving it.

      In this program, Meridith walks you through the steps you need to strategically move forward, proactively prepare for disruptions, standout from the competition, and dominate your marketplace. You’ll leave this session with a personal strategy that ensures you have what you need to stay razor-like focused, highly flexible and ready to turn uncertainty to your competitive advantage.

      This keynote has it all – energy, engagement and an innovative, empowering message. Key Takeaways:

      • Meridith’s research based 9-STEP formula for Thriving in Uncertainty ™
      • Proven techniques for predicting the changes coming in the marketplace
      • Powerful strategies that ensure longevity and success inn highly volatile times.
      • Secrets to making the RIGHT and critical decisions that move your organization forward.
      • Personal plan of action to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage.

      About the Speaker
      Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.
      She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.
      High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynote will help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today. Including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business.
      In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

    Past events

    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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