Past Programs

    • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (CST)
    • from your desk
    Guest Speaker: Orvel Ray Wilson, CSP, CEC

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

    Did you miss the meeting in January 2020? You can still learn 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.

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    • (CST)
    • from your desk
    Guest Speaker: Marquesa Pettway, CSP

    The SpeakerpreneurTM Signature System 

    Did you miss the February meeting? If you are feeling like your speaker business isn't lifting your life overall (financially, lifestyle wise, client wise, impact desired), you can still watch the video!
    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!

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Monday, March 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • at your computer

    Watch the video!

    Guest Speaker: Mark J. Lindquist

    Keynote Speaking Masterclass:
    How We Earned $1 Million Dollars in the First Four Years as a Professional Keynote Speaker

    Mark J. Lindquist began speaking professionally in 2014 and less than four years later he has earned over one million dollars as a keynote speaker.  During this session he will show you every step of the process he followed to go from zero in 2013 to hundreds of keynote speaking gigs in 32 states for everybody from the Girl Scouts to the Fortune 500 during those four years.  He has built his keynote speaking empire on a 99.9% word of mouth basis and has developed a system that generates five-figure sales leads while he sleeps. His client list now includes: Microsoft, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Walmart, Lenovo, Philips, IBM, Deloitte, UPS and hundreds more.


    • Audience members will have the opportunity to see first-hand the speaking style, structure, and attention to detail that has led Mark to build a client base of hundreds with a marketing budget of ZERO.
    • Attendees will walk away with an individualized list of the things that they need to work on to put themselves on track to build a keynote speaking business similar to the one Mark has built.
    • Mark will share the audience engagement techniques that have consistently led to over 100+ laughs in a 90 minute keynote and 99% eyeballs (nobody on their phone, leaving the room, or daydreaming) during his keynotes.
    • Professional speakers will get advice on topics such as: negotiation, AV tips, rehearsal strategies, business structure, audience engagement techniques, discovering your best humor, and working with speaker bureaus.

    Mark J. Lindquist is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over 4 million people in 22 countries and 44 states throughout his career. As an actor, he has appeared in ABC’s LOST, CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studios movie “Battleship.”  Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • on your computer

    Watch the video!

    Guest Speaker: James Robilotta, CSP

    Master Class
    Relatability: The Humanity of Speaking

    Relatability is one of the most powerful tools we have as speakers. When we see ourselves in someone else we believe that we can. So if you are not delivering relatable stories in your talks then you, at best, leave your audience impressed but unable to connect with your message. This session will change that.  Using improv comedy games and a process James calls "Story Mining" you will learn that you have more stories than you think. After coming to this session you will leave with at least 3 new stories to incorporate into your talks, blogs, videos, podcasts, dinner table conversations. You will also leave inspired to put more YOU in your talks because relatability leads to memorability, and memorability leads to more opportunities. 

    Key takeaways for attendees:

    • You have more stories than you give yourself credit for, we just need to uncover them.
    • Relatability is critical as a speaker – the audience must see themselves in you if you want your message to truly resonate and stick.
    • Attendees will leave with at least 3 new stories to tell on stage or in their writing.

    James Robilotta, CSP® is an author, professional speaker, personal coach, and improv comedian.   After nearly 15 years, of speaking to audiences willing and unwilling, he has found that we as humans can’t learn from people who are perfect, we learn from people who are imperfect.  Stories in your authentic voice and words powerfully connects you with your audiences to create a genuine impact and memorability in your presentations.

    • Monday, April 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • on your computer

    Watch the Video

    Guest Speaker: Heather Lutze, CSP

    The Findability Formula

    • Are you ready to surge past your sales estimates with a website that delivers amazing online results?
    • Do you want to be found on page one of search results?
    • Are you frustrated that your competition shows up on page one of Google search results, but you don't?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions, you'll want to register and hop online for Heather Lutze's Zoom session. Heather will be presenting the same material she was planning to present to us at the March Chapter meeting -- but now you'll get all that awesomeness via your computer.

    Since 2002, Heather Lutze has presented in the US, Canada, UK and the South Pacific to groups like Vistage International and toured with Anthony Robbins. A Certified Speaking Professional, she excels at turning what can be a somewhat dry topic into a fun, empowering and inspiring learning experience. Her past successes included working at Yahoo, helping clients to dominate the web with pay-per-click advertising. She founded and sold her own agency and now is a Search Engine Optimization expert, and creator of the renowned Findability Formula, causing an SEO buzz wherever she goes.

    • Monday, April 20, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Guest Speaker: Debbie Allen, CSP

    VIRTUAL MASTER CLASS: How to Continue to Build and Grow Your Speaking Business During Uncertain Times

    This inspiring online Master Class will help you to get into action now, get more creative with your marketing, and build more powerful business relationships during down time.

    Don't just sit back and wait for things to turn around… take action now!

    Discover how to create a successful ‘new normal’ in your speaking business by learning how to reinvent, create multiple income streams and learn new business skills.  Learn how to be pro-active and look for opportunities to build stronger client and business relationships for long-lasting success. Uncover new ways to gain customer loyalty, give back to your clients, and create outstanding value as an expert who speaks professionally.

    Learn how to:

    • Stay motivated and take action now to grow your business during down times.
    • Create a ‘new normal’ by reinventing the way you do business forever.
    • Gain customer loyalty by giving back and making a difference in challenging times.
    • Build stronger client relationships and business partnerships.

    Your Master Class Presenter:
    Debbie Allen, CSP has been a full time professional speaker and business consultant, plus a member of National Speakers Association for over 25 years. Debbie is a bestselling author of nine books and is a VIP Contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine. Expect high-value and quality content on this complimentary Master Class. Learn more about Debbie Allen’s extensive business and speaking background at

    • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Saturday, May 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • on your computer

    Watch the Video!

    Guest Speaker: Audrey Thomas, CSP

    Be a homebound hero:
    Remaining in the game when you’ve been benched

    Many of us have way more time on our hands than we used to. We like feeling engaged and productive, knowing we’re contributing to our work, community, and extended family. However, many of those commitments have changed.

    After adjusting to your new normal, you may need some support to accomplish the things you've always wanted to do but never had the time. This presentation  reminds you of those incomplete tasks that you may be tolerating and gives you ways to get things done with your extra time at home so you can live with less stress.

    Full of practical advice and dozens of ideas, you will learn:

    • Must-haves for your daily routine
    • Ways to upgrade your physical environment
    • Ideas on how to clean up and archive personal photos, important documents, and computer files
    • Strategies for your physical, mental and emotional well-being

    Audrey Thomas, CSP, has been entertaining and teaching audiences for over 20 years. As an author, speaker, and productivity consultant, she presents for corporations, non-profits, and sales conferences.

    Audrey is no stranger to NSA-Minnesota. A past president, she is the recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation. Audrey lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and loves being a Nana. Her hobbies include gardening, target shooting, and deleting emails.

    Audrey will be experimenting with some new technology and appreciates your grace as she uses NSA-MN to practice on!

    You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the video.

    • Friday, May 22, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Saturday, May 22, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer

    Watch the Video

    Guest Speaker: Carol Kaemmerer

    LinkedIn Strategies for Speakers

    Your LinkedIn profile is your 24/7 digital ambassador. It has the power to help you be found for your best opportunities -- or not -- depending on how you've constructed it. 

    Join NSA-MN fellow member and internationally recognized personal branding and LinkedIn expert Carol Kaemmerer as she shares best LinkedIn strategies and practices for speakers. Carol is a member of the NSA-MN Board and author of the book LinkedIn for the Savvy Executive: Promote Your Brand with Authenticity, Tact and Power. Come with questions.

    • Monday, June 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Monday, May 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer

    Not able to join the Minnesota chapter in our traditional year-end celebration? Now you can watch the video!

    While we couldn’t be together in person for fellowship, food, and fun, we adapted and got together virtually. The purpose of the Gala has historically been to acknowledge the outgoing board, introduce the incoming board, and to celebrate the award recipients. We enjoyed live music performed by our very own Tim Eggebraaten while we gathered virtually to acknowledge, celebrate, and look ahead.


    • Recognize the 2019/20 board and individuals who contributed their time and talents to the chapter
    • Introduce the incoming 2020/21 board
    • Award presentations
      • Chapter Member of the Year Award
      • Newcomer Impact Award
      • Volunteer of the Year Award
      • Next Level Award
      • Lifetime Achievement Award
      • Mark LeBlanc Award
      • Minnesota Speaker Hall of Fame Award

    Register now for the Zoom link.

    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, June 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer

    Watch the Video

    Guest Speaker: Ted Janusz, MBA, CSP

    Marketing the Emerging Speaker

    In this session, Ted Janusz, discussed free and low-cost resources you can use to jump start your speaking business. We examined:

    • The Story of a (REAL) Amazon Best-Selling Author
    • 4 Steps to Turn Your Speech Into a Book or eBook
    • How to Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon ... for $5
    • Fast, Free and Easy Way to Publish Your Articles and Videos ... and Share on All Your Social Media Channels
    • How to Market Your Speech to Associations
    Look at Ted's Numbers
    The next time you go to a sold-out NBA or NHL arena, look around. That is how many total people Ted has trained in his all-day seminars!
    • Over 1,000 live and virtual workshops facilitated
    • Over 6,000 time-tested hours of speaking and training experience
    • Certified Virtual Presenter through eSpeakers
    • Has spoken in 49 of the 50 United States (lone exception: Wyoming), across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, and in Australia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
    • Over 300 companies trained, many requesting repeat engagements

    Because of his business insights, Ted was invited to appear on the Fox News Channel. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the National Speakers Association of Ohio. He earned his MBA in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.

    • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer

    Watch the Video

    Virtual Showcase: Robin Kellogg

    Leading Your Virtual Team

    Employees' relationship with their leader is one of the most important factors of their own level of effectiveness and engagement at work. If led effectively, virtual teams can increase productivity and help meet organizational goals and improve the quality of work. There are many unique challenges of leading virtually that can get in the way of success.

    In this course, you will explore challenges in leading virtually and strategies to lead more effectively. You will also discover the most important foundation of leading a team and create an action plan for your own team.

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Thursday, June 24, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer

    Watch the Video

    Virtual Showcase: Marcia Malzahn

    Leading Through Crisis. Resilient. Thankful. Happy. An Inspirational Journey

    Marcia takes you on an emotional journey and shares her experiences and major life events that shaped her into the person she is today. Discover how an immigrant who came to America with nothing more than her values leveraged resiliency, thankfulness, and happiness into a lifetime of joy. Marcia encourages you to not give up the fight and stay in the game, she shares leadership lessons learned through her life and you will walk away inspired to share and maximize your own life story.

    Marcia (“Marci”) Malzahn is the president and founder of Malzahn Strategic, a financial institution consultancy focused on strategic planning, enterprise risk management, treasury management, and talent management.  Marci has 23 years of banking experience, the last ten as the EVP/CFO/COO of a community bank she co-founded. Before starting the bank in 2005, Marci worked for a $34 million revenue non-profit organization where she led IT, HR and Finance.

    Marci is the recipient of a number of professional awards, a published author of four books, and an international bilingual professional speaker, speaking frequently at banking conferences and associations as well as webinars.

    Registration for all levels of membership is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link. Registration for non-members is $25.

    • Thursday, July 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, July 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Virtual Showcase: Joe Schmit

    Don't Break the Bank Setting Up Your Home Studio

    Dolly Parton has one of the funniest quotes ever when she said; "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap." She was obviously having some fun with her brand while she was laughing all the way to the bank.

    I would like to take some liberties with Dolly's quote. "It doesn't cost a lot of money to look professional on a virtual presentation or video produced from your home." In this casual presentation, I will show you how I produce videos that look like one of my photographers from Channel 5 shot it when I did it myself. My setup (not including cell phone) is less than $200.

    WARNING: I am not a technical whiz. I keep it really simple but make sure the quality of the audio and video is professional. The videos I produce for clients are another revenue stream and a great way to stay in contact with your best customers. I also offer promotional videos for many of my speeches and the meeting planners love it.

    Joe Schmit is an author, award-winning broadcaster, community leader, and popular keynote speaker. As a sports broadcaster, he has covered every major sporting event in the past three decades and has interviewed many of the biggest names in sports. He has won 18 Emmys from the National Television Academy and was also honored with a National Headliner Award in 2001. In 2019, Joe was also inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame and earned his CSP designation from the National Speakers Association.

    Before joining KSTP-TV in 1985, he was Sports Director for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, WI. His career also includes positions as weekend sports anchor for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, WI. Joe earned his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    Joe is a long time youth mentor committed to advocating for a number of community organizations. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities and has raised over $3 million for the organization through the Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament, which had a 16-year run.

    • Friday, July 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Saturday, July 10, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Watch the video!

    Virtual Showcase: Ross Bernstein

    The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World

    Ross shared several vignettes from his speech on the Champion's Code.  This Code is what makes the difference between regular athletes and champions. Not only did he allow us to peek into his keynote, Ross shared a handful of ideas on how we can use this Code to help us, as speakers, grow ourselves and our businesses. 

    The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on all seven continents for audiences as small as 10 and as large as 10,000. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years including CNN, ESPN, Bloomberg, Fox News, and CBS This Morning, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He’s spent the better part of the past 25 years studying the DNA of championship teams, and his program, "The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best.

    • Thursday, July 16, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, July 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Watch the video!

    Virtual Showcase: Kit Welchlin

    Managing the Stress Caused by COVID-19

    Nearly half of the nation’s workers say job stress is destroying their mental and physical health and eroding their productivity. Kit Welchlin is one of the most requested speakers on stress management and shares positive, yet practical remedies to relief stress.  Balance the quickness, quantity, and quality of your life.

    Participants learn…

    • the three stages of stress
    • the three stages of burnout
    • the thirty proven techniques to relieve stress
    • Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, July 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Watch the video!

    Virtual Showcase: Sam Richter, CSP

    Searching for Speaking Opportunities (virtual today, in-person tomorrow)

    Discover secret Google search techniques for finding virtual and in-person speaking opportunities that pay, plus decision makers and even contact information. 

    Named one of the World’s Top 50 Sales Keynote Speakers and one of the 15 Highest Rated Speakers for Virtual Events, bestselling author and Minnesota Hall of Fame speaker Sam Richter delivers his #1 rated, incredibly dynamic, highly entertaining, and extremely high-content keynote presentations and workshop sessions to audiences worldwide. Sam has been featured in thousands of articles, interviews and websites including Forbes, CNN, and USA Today. He has won Best of Show at numerous marketing and sales competitions, a Gold Award at the International Film Festival, he was recognized with a Codie-Award, the ‘Oscars’ of the software industry, and he is a past finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

    • Thursday, September 17, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Friday, September 17, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On your computer
    Guest Speaker: Shanita Akintonde

    Selling the Sizzle

    Join NSA-IL Board Member and Media Maven Shanita Akintonde as she shared her signature presentation, Selling the Sizzle: How Brands (including YOU) Can Become Notable and Quotable. This highly interactive session offered an 'insider's view' on what the best brands do to remain on top and how speakers can do the same. 

    Shanita Akintonde has been speaking since she first learned to spell her bologna's first name. Today, you would be hard pressed to find this avid Michael Jackson fan without a book, either one of the three she has co-authored, or one written by someone else. She has traded bologna sandwiches for champagne and lobster.

    Shanita has danced with NSA for 17 years, a courtship that began in 2003 when she was a participant in the NSA-IL chapter’s first Speakers Academy (then called the Candidate U). Shanita now sits on the chapter Board and serves as the organization’s Marketing Director.

    Drawing on her experience as a former advertising and PR executive, Shanita ‘sizzles’ around the globe showing audiences how they can become notable and quotable. She is a college professor, podcast host (Marketing Insights), newspaper columnist, and blogger. Reach out to her on Linkedin or follow her on Twitter.

    • Sunday, October 25, 2020
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    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Zoom
    Guest Speaker: Ed Tate, CSP, WCPS

    How to Write Winning Proposals for Speakers

    Speakers are losing tens of thousands of dollars by underpricing themselves. And worse. They make mistakes that kill the deal. In this program, you will:

    • Learn how to Win 75% + of the deals!
    • Earn what you are worth and more!
    • Discern during negotiations, what to take away, when to stay and when to walk away!
    • Discover a tool that flushes out the real objections to your proposal and what to do about it.
    • Ascertain the phrase that pays! What to say to learn the actual budget, when they won’t tell you.
    • Ask the "time-saver" questions that will help you rapidly qualify an opportunity and avoid chasing prospects that are not real.
    • Shed price-shoppers immediately.
    • Teach your clients and prospects on how to pay your full fee in advance.
    • Understand how to present your proposal: in-person, online, or on the   phone.
    • Upgrade the deal and earn triple your fee.
    • Know what to say when:
      • They ask, “How much?”
      • They tell you, “We're a non-profit.”
      • They ask you to cut your fee.
    And much more!

    Ed Tate is an award-winning international keynote speaker, trainer, author, executive, and motivational movie star. Worldwide he is known as “The Speaker Who Energizes, Educates and Entertains.” To date, he has spoken professionally in 50 states, 25 countries and on five continents.

    Ed won the “American Idol of Public Speaking”; becoming the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking – Toastmasters International’s most prestigious speaking award among its 352,000+ Global members. In 2008, Ed earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

    Ed’s success in business has spanned more than two decades. For 14 years, he was a successful national account executive selling over $500 million in products and services to corporations and entrepreneurs throughout the United States. He co-created two business units that produced over $1.25 billion in revenue.

    Since 1998, Ed has been principal of Ed Tate & Associates, LLC, a professional development firm that provides keynote and endnote presentations and workshops, as well as in-person and do-it-yourself tools and expertise on winning high-stakes business presentations.

    • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Saturday, October 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • on your computer
    Virtual Showcase: Annie Meehan

    The Journey of D's to Growing Your Business

    Annie has had great success teaching audiences and groups the 4D's of growing your business.  Learn how to navigate the ups and downs by using these to seek out and discover success in your career or business.

    Annie Meehan is committed to transforming achievement from good to great by teaching people to rewrite their excuses into successful accomplishments.  Speaking internationally as an expert on living an Exceptional life, she motivates, inspires, and activates her audience to remove the road blocks that stand in the way. Participants walk out with a “WOW” factor that includes practical tools to immediately impact their lives both professionally and personally.

    Annie is an author of 5 motivational books that includes her award winning book Be The Exception. Her latest book, Pineapple Principle, offers a sweet journey to empowerment.

    • Sunday, November 22, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Monday, November 22, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Zoom
    Guest Speaker: David Avrin, CSP, Global Speaking Fellow

    Stop Waiting for the Phone to Ring! How to survive the toughest speaking environment in history and go get the gigs you want

    Here is the uncomfortable truth: Most speakers starve. Making money as a paid speaker is NOT about: Following your passion, living your truth, sharing your authentic self, lighting someone's fire, Blah, blah, blah...
    Getting hired (and paid) to speak, IS ABOUT using your knowledge, passion, skills and experience to solve a problem an organization is willing to pay to solve…and then marketing the heck out it!  (If you follow your passion and speak your truth as well…all the better!)
    In this candid, no-holds-barred session, successful international speaker, David Avrin CSP, Global Speaking Fellow, shares the outbound marketing and sales strategies and tactics his team uses to pitch him to organizations and meeting planners around the world. From researching lists and crafting pitch letters, to CRM systems, virtual staff and strategic follow-up, David shows you how he and his team survived the downturn and work to fill his calendar with paid speaking gigs.

    About the Speaker
    One of the most in-demand customer experience and marketing keynote speakers and consultants in the world today, David Avrin delivers wisdom to clients and audiences. With a surprisingly relatable, conversational and very entertaining style, David delivers profoundly insightful and hard-hitting content to business audience across a broad range of industries and categories.

    His message and timely lessons on creating, delivering and promoting competitive advantages have been enthusiastically received by audiences around the world.

    A former CEO group leader, and executive coach with the world’s largest chief executive organization, David has worked with thousands of CEOs and business leaders on their business brand, customer experience and competitive advantages. David Avrin is the author of the celebrated marketing books: It’s Not Who You Know It’s Who Knows You! and Visibility Marketing! His latest customer experience book: Why Customers Leave (and How to Win Them Back) was named by Forbes as “One of the 7 Business Books Entrepreneurs Need to Read.”

    • Saturday, December 05, 2020
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    • Sunday, December 05, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Zoom
    Did you miss Molly Wendell, CSP, MBA?

    Turning Your Content to Cash: What do you know that you can turn into an online product?

    You know who is buying online courses. Your customers. Maybe you’ve been thinking about creating some type of online product – a course, a membership site, some group coaching. But the time just wasn’t right. You weren’t ready. Here’s the truth. You will never be fully prepared and ready to build an online product. It’s the kind of thing you just have to start. But how?

    In this session, Molly talks about what it takes to build your online product. Most importantly, we’ll get you started… so that you can be that much closer to finishing! And if you don’t have an online product to sell, no worries. Your customers will find someone else who does.

    About the Speaker
    Whether Molly Wendell is on stage as a keynote speaker, facilitating an executive retreat, teaching leaders how to be better (online and in person), or hosting her own podcast, she always has one end goal in mind: to challenge your mindset and get you to say: "I never thought it about it like that!"

    (And she’ll get you up on your feet saying it, too – fun is a non-negotiable part of her process.)

    After spending nearly twenty years in the strategic trenches of Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000 companies, nobody knows leaders – and their people – better than Molly! That’s why she’s committed to helping executives and teams achieve their organizational goals by aligning their vision with their people – so they can be better together.

    With her team-first approach to leadership alignment, Molly is the authority for leaders who want to go from good to great, and want to know how to bring their people along for the ride. She shows them that there’s value in getting unstuck in the way “it’s always been”, and taking a new approach to solving problems. She serves as the accountability partner they didn't know they needed, the sounding board for ideas that need an implementation plan and the ultimate relationship builder between them and their team – so they can propel their people toward total alignment, as a collective community. Molly holds an MBA from the University of California-Irvine, and a BS in Marketing from San Diego State University.

    • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Wednesday, December 15, 2021
    • (CST)
    • on your computer
    Did you miss the Virtual Showcase with Deirdre Van Nest? Watch the video now!

    The Emotionally Engaging Advisor

    NSA-MN is proud to present another Virtual Showcase highlighting our own Deirdre Van Nest. In this presentation you will:

    • Understand why relying on technical expertise alone to win and keep business is no longer enough.
    • Uncover How to Increase Trust, Likeability, & Connection in 4 Minutes or Less -- across all communication platforms.
    • Discover the biggest “sales killing” mistake most advisors make and how to avoid it when you speak and meet with prospects and clients.
    • Learn the 3 types of business stories every advisor must be telling and how successful advisors are incorporating these stories into their group presentations, 1:1 meetings, and online -- with great success.

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