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Past Programs

    • Tuesday, September 20, 2022
    • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    • Zoom

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    Embrace the Change: 15+ Sticky Strategies that Engage Today's Diverse Audience
    Guest Speaker: Lenora Billings Harris, CSP, CPAE

    Do your presentations, blogs, articles, books, and videos reflect your understanding that your audience is diverse? Do you conduct a diversity and inclusion check much like you would use spell-check? If you want your message to relate to the broad diversity of people in your audience, watch Lenora’s fun yet straight forward session to discover tips and techniques to help you connect in a way that builds on the concept of belonging and inclusion. Her illustrations and suggestions can be applied to any learning environment in-person or virtual no matter what the topic. It is surprisingly easy!

    During this engaging, content-rich session you will experience creative ways to apply the principles and techniques of inclusion that grab your audience’s attention and keeps it. Join past NSA president and past Global Speakers Federation president Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE to enhance your ability to deliver powerful messages that stick long after the session has ended.

    Takeaways: You will leave this session with...

    • At least 15+ easy methods to make sure your message is relevant to diverse groups 
    • Illustrations that relate to you and your audience
    • Great ideas from colleagues  
    • A handout filled with tips and suggestions
    • Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2023
    • your computer

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    Leveraging Laughter in Stories for Connection and Impact
    Guest Speaker: Tim Gard, CSP®, CPAE

    Hall of Fame speaker Tim Gard is someone who can find the funny almost anywhere and you can too! You will be excited to know that you don't need more stories. You just need to discover how to make your existing stories funnier. You can do that with Tim's three-step process. Discover how to build humor into stories for training events or the main stage and how to take the humor you currently use and make it funnier and have more impact. Why stop when you get a giggle? With a little bit of work a funny story becomes a hilarious signature story that can get you booked again and again. Several participants will have the opportunity to tell a story during the session and have Tim demonstrate his process and help you find the funny in it.

    1.    How to be able to consistently build humor into stories
    2.    Building humor stories using Tim’s bell curve premise.
    3.    How to identify good humor and avoid bad humor

    Tim Gard, CSP®, CPAE is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful and coaches’ businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. Talented, innovative and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style. Tim "walks his talk" as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the sales industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran. Recognized as a pioneer in humor-based training. Tim is a certified speaking professional (CSP) & a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame, an elite honor held by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide. The author or co-author of Just Plane Funny, My Policy Manual, Motivational Leaders, and Humor Me, Tim humorously delivers messages as universal as his audiences are diverse.

    • Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2023
    • your computer

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    Power Tools for A Profitable Speaking Business
    Guest Speaker: Crystal Washington, CSP®

    Having a successful and sustainable speaking business requires more than simply rocking the stage. Developing systems and policies are key! Let Crystal Washington, CSP share some of the most powerful and underutilized tools for extraordinary business growth. Whether you are a new speaker or a seasoned veteran, you'll learn new ways to leverage old tools and the coolest new tech for business growth. During this event, you will:

    1. Discover how to create a system for prospecting
    2. Learn the best tools for event management
    3. Uncover how to market yourself to grow your business

    Crystal Washington, CSP works with organizations that want to leverage technology to increase profits and productivity!

    As a technology strategist and certified futurist, Crystal takes complex social media, app, and web topics and makes them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people. Crystal’s clients comprise Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, and GE, and as a sought-after keynote speaker, she has entertained and educated audiences around the globe.

    As one of Forbes’ 50 Leading Female Futurists, She appears weekly on season two of the Emmy nominated show, Life 2.0 and she’s appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur and Bloomberg Businessweek. She is regularly called on by major television networks as a tech expert.

    Crystal is the author of the books One Tech Action and The Social Media Why.

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • Friday, December 15, 2023
    • your computer

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    Use the Power of Facilitation to Grow Your Speaking Business!
    Guest Speaker: Eddie Turner, CSP®

    Increasingly, meeting planners are asking for it.  Audiences are demanding it.  What is it? More interaction from speakers! 

    It is no longer enough to be the “sage on the stage.” The highly-paid speakers have discovered that the key to engaging audiences is to become a facilitative speaker—both in delivering keynotes and training and in customized workshops that follow these events.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to pivot to virtual work and virtual programming.  This increases the need for speakers to master the power of facilitation. This program explains and demonstrates how professional speakers can use the power of facilitation to grow their speaking business.

    1. Define facilitation and why it matters for speakers.
    2. Identify opportunities for facilitation.
    3. Explain methods and techniques appropriate for speakers.

    Eddie Turner is an in-demand leadership development expert who works with leaders as an executive coach, facilitator, and speaker to “Accelerate Performance and Drive Impact!”®   For the last two years, he has been ranked in the Top 10 on the Top 30 List of Motivational Speakers by Global Gurus.

    He is a Certified Speaking Professional™ (CSP®), who has spoken at 10 NSA Chapters, the NSA Winter Conference, been featured on NSA’s Voices of Experience, and written for Speaker Magazine. He has held several leadership roles in his local NSA chapter and is in his second year of service on the National CSP® Committee.

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • Friday, February 16, 2024
    • your computer

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    What I Learned from Winning 29 Emmys that Speakers Need to Know!
    Guest Speaker: Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE

    There are three elements to any presentation: the Structure, the Content, and the Delivery. Bill Stainton has won Emmy Awards as a producer (the structure), a writer (the content), and a performer (the delivery). Find out how a 29-time Emmy Award winner applies the lessons he learned from the world of television (and from pals like Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld) to his presentations, and how you can do the same. 

    In Bill's program, you will learn:

    • How to think like a producer when crafting your presentations
    • How to structure your presentations for maximum effect
    • How to utilize predictable unpredictability to keep your audiences awake and interested
    • A simple rule to help you plan your openings and closings
    • How to use the secrets of comedy writers to make your speeches and stories come alive
    • How to use acting tips to turn your presentation into a performance

    Bill Stainton, CSP, CPAE is a 29-time Emmy Award winner and Hall of Fame keynote speaker who produced the longest-running, highest-rated, and most award-winning regional comedy TV show in the United States. Today he speaks, writes, and consults about innovation, creativity, and breakthrough thinking.

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • Friday, February 16, 2024
    • your computer

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    ShowBUSINESS: The Audience Engagement Experience
    Guest Speaker: Tami Evans

    When it comes to audience engagement, the experience we create is critical, whether it is a room full of potential clients or an exchange of ideas with one other person. Customize your current content with performance techniques that will leave your audiences AND your clients delighted. You will learn easy tools that will instantly elevate your speech from words to WOW.  

    Former professional actress (Sex and the City, One Life to Live, Stepmom) and past President of the National Speakers Association - NYC, Tami Evans, will walk you through the process. 

    Sit back and enjoy Tami's performance keynote experience - then lean forward as she helps you understand how to bring pizazz to YOUR programs. Using her varied business background combined with extensive professional performance experience and training, Tami believes every personality is a story waiting to be told – she wants to help make yours a best seller!

    Why this is relevant:
    An engaged audience will remember you and your message long after you leave the event or meeting. This kind of attendee enjoyment and content retention is the top priority of event planners, whose reputation relies upon what you deliver.  When an audience experiences an exceptional program, they remember you, and they talk about you, which is one of the fastest ways to grow your business.

    In watching this session, you will:

    • Explore Memorable Moments that audiences will love (and remember!)
    • Turn droning into drama.
    • Engage and delight your audiences.

    Tami Evans taught Dr. Oz how to “chair dance,” served as President of the National Speakers Association of NYC, and has been performing since she discovered her Mom’s hairbrush made the perfect microphone. She has also been a corporate manager, university professor, communications specialist, professional actress, fashion designer for Banana Republic, executive assistant to Nell Carter, and every kind of waitress you can imagine.

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    • YouTube

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    Systems and Automation for Speaker Survival (or Save Time, Stress Less, and Never Miss a Thing)
    Guest Speaker: Joe Mull, M.Ed, CSP

    Have you struggled to get all of the tasks, steps, and to-do’s in your business out of your head and into simple, repeatable processes? Do you have trouble remembering details, deadlines, and what still needs to be done? Is your system of post-its, reminders, flags, checkmarks, notebooks, or alarms not working for you?

    Whether you’re a keynoter, trainer, consultant, or coach, systems are the difference between being a scattered, forgetful amateur who can barely keep up, and being a professional, organized, on-the-details, everything-is-under-control wizard of multi-client service. In this program, Joe Mull, CSP will teach you how to create and implement the systems needed to run an organized, profitable business. If there’s anything you do again and again – programs, podcasts, coaching, blogs, etc. – you can build systems that keep you organized, efficient, and sane. This program is perfect for the busy professional in need of a systems tune-up and early-career speakers seeking sound methods for running a speaking business.

    At NSA-MN’s March program, attendees will learn:

    • How to create a push-button system to execute and track all the “to-dos” for projects and processes, instead of relying on notes or memory
    • A 3-step process to turn any goal or project into a set of actionable tactics supported by sound business strategy
    • A simple activity that quickly gets information and tasks out of your head and into a system for repeated use by you or others
    • The tools, platforms, and other technology that thought-leadership business owners use to become more efficient and minimize mistakes
    • Dozens of hacks, apps, and tricks that busy communication entrepreneurs use to save time, conquer the details, and stay sane.

    Joe Mull, M.Ed, CSP speaks and writes on cultivating commitment in the workplace. His company, Joe Mull & Associates, works with organizations in more than 20 states to help their leaders become better bosses and build stronger teams. Joe is the former head of Learning & Development for Physician Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he directed learning strategy and implementation for one of the largest physician groups in the U.S.: over 9,000 employees across 500+ locations.

    In demand as a keynote speaker, Joe is the author of Cure for the Common Leader and No More Team Drama and host of the new podcast Boss Better Now. He has taught leadership courses at two major universities and holds a Masters degree in Education from Ohio University.

    Joe holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional™ (CSP®) designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA), held by fewer than 20% of professional speakers worldwide. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Speakers Association.

    Joe resides outside of Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, 3 kids, and a Dalmatian named Flash. He enjoys coaching little league baseball, watching hockey, singing showtunes, and anything Disney.

    • Thursday, April 27, 2023
    • Friday, April 26, 2024
    • YouTube

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    Amplify Your Speech
    Elizabeth McCormick, CSP

    Tired of writing and re-writing your speeches? Are you going back to the drawing board every single time a meeting planner calls and asks, “Do you speak about...?"  
    In this high-performance presentation, sought after motivational speaker Elizabeth McCormick will deconstruct and dissect her introduction, opening, and one of her signature messages to reveal the speech-writing strategies that keep her booked at an average of 100 events a year (paid) without having to constantly rewrite her speeches – even for different audiences, different industries and different topics.  
    In attending “Amplify Your Speech,” you will:

    • Discover the 3 key elements to creating YOUR most impactful opening
    • Be able to craft your own introduction so that the emcee, meeting planner, or executive begins to seed the audience with YOUR desired outcome before you even reach the stage
    • Teach your audience how to refer and sell you to other events
    • You don’t have to be a Black Hawk pilot to walk away with a new understanding about speech writing based on Elizabeth’s tried-and-true philosophy of customization. You will also receive the template that has helped her quickly customize her signature speech for hundreds of audiences.


    Want your audience to refer you more? Elizabeth will reveal her TOP SECRET “Rocket Your Referrals” system- where she averages at least 5 paid engagement requests from each of the over 100 engagements she books each year (and you can too)- how to turn today’s audience into tomorrow’s sales team including her 5-step process to dramatically increase your referrals.  And you’ll receive her template to help you get started. 

    Elizabeth McCormick, CSP, has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.  She is an author with more than 19 published books, including The Bookability Factor about keynote speaking.  Elizabeth is also the Founder of the Soar 2 Success Publishing and a United States Congressional Veteran Commendation recipient. Elizabeth was named #5 on the list of "Leadership Experts to Follow" by Klout because of her social media content and online presence. She was also named by ChoicePoint Health as one of the "World's 30 Best Motivational Speakers During Addiction Recovery."

    As a former US Army Black Hawk Pilot, Elizabeth learned to take complex systems and break them into sequences for optimal results. Elizabeth applied this skill to her own keynote speaking career which has rocketed since she started speaking averages over 100 paid speaking engagements booked every year since 2014. She has spoken for major corporations, associations and organizations such as eBay, Shell Oil, Krispy Kreme, Oracle, Charles Schwab, AFLAC, Intuit, Lowe’s, American Airlines, Coca-Cola, and many more. 

    In 2021 Elizabeth was added to the Faculty of the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team (formerly John Maxwell Team) of Speakers, Coaches and Facilitators serving the over 40,000 Certified Team Members in the world.

    See more about Elizabeth at

Past events

Friday, April 29, 2022 Watch the Video: Turning Uncertainty To YOUR Competitive Advantage with Meridith Powell
Saturday, February 12, 2022 Watch the Video: Rock the Virtual Stage
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Watch the Video: The 3 Essentials for Scaling Your Speaking Business
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Watch the Video: BRAINS-BIAS-SPEAKING -- What Neuroscience & Behavioral Science Have To Say About That!
Wednesday, November 03, 2021 Watch the Video: Overcome the Top Ten Negotiation Mistakes Speakers Make
Monday, October 04, 2021 Watch the Video: You've Got 7 Seconds. Make Them Count! with Sylvie DiGiusto
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Watch the Video: The Million Dollar Tipping Point with Bill Cates
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Watch the Video: From Diva Dogs to Do-overs with Chris Heeter
Monday, February 15, 2021 Watch the Video: Still Standing. Still Smiling. with John Kriesel
Friday, January 22, 2021 Watch the Video: How to Build a Speaking Empire with Jeffrey Hayzlett
Friday, January 15, 2021 Watch the Video: Hands On Speech Structure and Delivery Skills Lab
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Watch the Video: The Emotionally Engaging Advisor with Deirdre Van Nest
Saturday, December 05, 2020 Watch the Video: Turning Your Content to Cash with Molly Wendell, CSP, MBA
Sunday, November 22, 2020 Watch the Video: Stop Waiting for the Phone to Ring!
Thursday, October 29, 2020 Watch the Video: Virtual Showcase -- The Journey of D's to Growing Your Business with Annie Meehan
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Watch the Video: How to Write Winning Proposals for Speakers with Ed Tate, CSP, WCPS
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Watch the Video: Selling the Sizzle with Shanita Akintonde
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Watch the Video: Searching for Speaking Opportunities with Sam Richter
Thursday, July 16, 2020 Watch the Video: Managing the Stress Caused by COVID-19 with Kit Welchin
Friday, July 10, 2020 Watch the Video: The Champion’s Code with Ross Bernstein
Thursday, July 09, 2020 Watch the Video: Don't Break the Bank Setting Up Your Home Studio with Joe Schmit
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Watch the Video: Leading Through Crisis. Resilient. Thankful. Happy. An Inspirational Journey with Marci Malzahn
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Watch the Video: Leading Your Virtual Team with Robin Kellogg
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Watch the Video: Marketing the Emerging Speaker with Ted Janusz
Monday, June 15, 2020 Watch the Video: 2020 Virtual Gala
Friday, May 22, 2020 Watch the Video: LinkedIn Strategies for Speakers with Carol Kaemmer
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Watch the Video: Be a Homebound Hero -- Remaining in the game when you’ve been benched with Audrey Thomas, CSP
Monday, April 20, 2020 Watch the Video: How to Continue to Build and Grow Your Speaking Business During Uncertain Times with Debbie Allen, CSP
Monday, April 06, 2020 Watch the Video: Findability Formula with Heather Lutze
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Watch the Video -- Relatability: The Humanity of Speaking with James Robilotta
Sunday, March 15, 2020 Watch the Video: Keynote Speaking Masterclass with Mark J. Lindquist
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Watch the Video: Create a Business Lifestyle Which Leverages Your Expertise, Knowledge, and Platform - with Marquesa Pettway
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Watch the Video: Selling from the Stage with Orvel Ray Wilson
Monday, December 16, 2019 Watch the Video: How to Command Your Stage with Mark Brown, CSP, WCPS
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Watch the Video: Retreats to Riches with Michelle Villalobos
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Watch the Candy Whirley Program Video
Monday, September 30, 2019 Watch the Dan Thurman Program Video
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Watch the Kevin McCarthy Program Video
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Watch the Video: Marketing with a Book with Marc LeBlanc and Henry DeVries
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