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    • September 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI
    Register


    Hear from Darren himself here

    Special Speaker Academy BONUS
    OWN THE STAGE AND GO FROM GOOD TO GREAT!

    How serious are about BECOMING A BETTER SPEAKER?
    Are you CONFIDENT ENOUGH to hear the truth? 

    Michael Jordan has a coach... Every professional athlete has a coach... The best professional speakers have been coached. The reason? You can’t become great on your own. To go from GOOD TO GREAT, we need feedback from a higher level.

    In 2001 Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Not bad for a guy who bombed miserably in comedy club nine years earlier.

    Darren admits there is NO WAY he could have won without a Speaker Coach. He actually had two. One coach, Mark Brown, the 1995 World Champion gave him the exact opposite advice as everyone else. Champions think differently.

    Do YOU have a coach? Join your presentation coach World Champion Speaker Darren LaCroix for the day!


    Afternoon Sessions
    YOUTUBE IT!

    Want to EARN MONEY while you SLEEP?
    Want to GET BOOKED more often?
    Want all this for ZERO ADVERTISING $?
    Darren says, “YOUTUBE IT!”

    Right now, over 3 billion people search daily for answers on YouTube and if you aren’t there, they can’t find you! They will find your competition.

    Why listen to Darren? He has over 12,000 subscribers and over 3 million views and he books speeches and sells products as a direct result of his free YouTube videos. And now he wants to help you gain powerful insights and have a competitive edge by using YouTube! Get the secrets from the guy who did it the hard way so you don’t have to!


    MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME -- PROFIT FROM PRODUCT BY NEXT WEEK

    Do you want MORE PRODUCT INCOME?
    Want to EARN MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP?
    Are you sincerely interested in MAKING A LASTING IMPACT on your audience?

    Don’t you honestly need more than one hour to teach everything you know
    about your expertise? If so, To PRODUCT or not to product… there IS NO QUESTION. What could you learn from someone who quit their day job and survived on product sales alone?
     
    What if he tracked every product sold, at every presentation, how many attendees, and the dollars earned per head for the past five years? Currently 70% of Darren LaCroix's income is derived from product sales and does NOT sound like an infomercial while on stage.

    His launch of Secrets of Storytelling yielded over $56,000 in just 7 days! His launch of Create Your Keynote By Next Week yielded over $117,000. Come learn the secrets to his success so that you can apply his strategies right away!


    Meet Our Guest Speaker

    Though he bombed miserably in a Boston Comedy Club in 1992, nine years later he out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Since that victory, Darren spends his time demystifying the process of creating powerful presentations. He is passionate about showing people that if you are a sponge and have the right mentors, anything is possible. Darren may have been “born without a funny bone in his body,” but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail that was necessary to achieve his dream. As a keynote speaker since 1994, he brings his incredible story to conferences around the world.


    Schedule
    Speaker Academy (professional members welcome): 8:00 am to Noon
    Registration & Networking: Noon-12:30 pm
    Lunch: 12:30-1:30 pm
    Program: 1:30-3:30 pm
    Optional Networking: 3:30-4 pm

    • September 27, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • American Family Insurance Dreambank, 821 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • American Family Insurance Dreambank, 821 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


    • October 31, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • On your computer!
    "Help Me Hire YOU! 21 Strategies to Get Booked & Stay Booked"
    With David Newman, CSP


    Join Zoom Meeting

    As a full-time speaker who spent a year booking other speakers for 160+ events, David will show you how to build your business and increase your visibility, credibility, and hire-ability! Learn exactly what gets speakers hired using 21 specific strategies from someone who booked speakers daily. Extensive handouts will be provided.

    As a result of attending this program, participants will learn:
    • 21 step-by-step strategies for increasing your magnetism, credibility, and marketability as an expert who speaks
    • What meeting planners and conference producers really look for when making buying decisions
    • How to rapidly make subtle changes in your own positioning, packaging, promotion, and performance to dramatically boost your business

    The Most Important Information You Will Take Away: 21 specific, actionable steps speakers can take immediately to re-position, re-package, and re-focus their business to attract dramatically more and better bookings by learning what a full-time speaker turned conference producer looks for (and runs away from!) when booking paid speakers for events.

    About our Presenter
    David Newman, CSP is a marketing expert and founder of Do It! Marketing, a marketing strategy and training firm dedicated to helping speakers, consultants, and authors maximize their influence, impact, and income. Free resources including David’s 96-page Strategic Marketing eBook are available online at www.doitmarketing.com.

    David has worked with over 300 speakers ranging from the brand-new speaker just starting out all the way up to 25-year speaking veterans and half a dozen members of the National Speakers Association CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. After working with David, speakers and experts at every level generate MORE leads, BETTER prospects, and BIGGER sales.

    “I’ve been speaking for seven years and David is the first and only speaker to tell it as it really is! If you have the chance to hear David; RUN, don’t walk. His advice, expertise and delivery will fast forward your career by years!”
    -- Ciaran McGuigan, Certified Speaking Professional

    “David, Thanks for the reality check you gave us at the NSA convention. Your program, ‘Help Me Hire You’ was awesome! Just the wake up call I needed to understand the thinking of the meeting planner. Thanks! I gave your session a big thumb-up on the CSP Link today for one of the best programs at NSA this year.”
    -- Jeff Justice, Certified Speaking Professional
    • November 21, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI
    Register



    FROM SPEAKER TO TRAINER
    Expand Your Impact to Get More Clients and Increase Revenue

    with Amy Climer, PhD

    For many professional speakers, speaking is only a portion of their business and not the biggest portion. In a recent data analysis of thought leaders who made over $720,000 per year, the majority of their income was from training not speaking. Speaking is one way to get your message out, it’s one platform to reach your audience, and it’s one stream of income. Expand your offerings to include trainings so you can get more clients, repeat clients, and more income. As a speaker, you have to shift your mindset when designing a training.

    Training is not just speaking to a smaller audience. In this experiential program, learn how to take your speaking content and build it into an interactive, engaging workshop. You’ll learn how adults actually learn (and it has nothing to do with giving them more information). Learn three elements you need to consider for every workshop design. Shift from speaking to an audience to working with participants. You’ll be able to sell more, deliver more, and impact more people.

    Session Takeaways:

    • How to take your keynote content and expand to a training program.
    • Three elements you need to in order to design amazing trainings.
    • How adults learn so you can design trainings that get results
    • To get clients who would never hire you for a keynote.
    • To avoid common mistakes many speakers make when training.

    Dr. Amy Climer is known for delivering top-notch training programs. Participants leave energized and motivated. She’s not about focusing on being inspiring. She’s about getting participants doing their own work in the moment and leaving with results. In this program, you’ll be working on a new workshop design. Therefore, bring an outline of your keynote and an idea of what workshop you want to design that might complement you’re speaking. Feel free to bring your laptop.

    Special Speaker Academy BONUS
    8 am to Noon

    It’s More Than Just Speaking:
    Design Training Programs to Complement Your Speaking


    Speaking is a great way to deliver content to a large group and engage them with new ideas. But, what if you want to help clients learn at a deeper level? What if a client asks for more than a keynote? What if a potential client loves your style and content, but has no need for a speaker? Can you deliver a breakout session or a full day training? For many professional speakers, speaking is only a portion of their business. Offering training programs can lead to more clients, more opportunities, and greater impact.
    In this session, discover how to take the content of your keynote and turn it into an engaging training experience. You’ll be able to sell more, deliver more, and impact more people.

    Session Takeaways:

    • Six different modes of delivery that you can engage in AND make money from.  
    • How trainings are different from speaking and how to leverage both for your business
    • Three elements you need to consider when designing trainings
    • To move past “stand and deliver” to getting participants to engage with your content.  
    • Common mistakes many speakers make when training and how to avoid them.  

    Professional members are invited to join and participate in the morning Speakers Academy session.

    Meet Our Guest Speaker
    Dr. Amy Climer teaches teams to be creative and innovative. She is a speaker, trainer, and coach in innovation, team development, and leadership. Her clients include forward-thinking organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Amy holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and a master’s degree in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. She is trained or certified in Creative Problem Solving, Immunity to Change, and the FourSight Thinking System.

    Amy is the host of The Deliberate Creative™ Podcast, where she shares practical advice and strategies to help leaders build innovative teams. She also developed the Deliberate Creative™ Teams Scale to help teams understand how to increase their creativity. Her TEDx talk The Power of Deliberate Creative Teams explains her research and philosophies on innovation. She is the designer of Climer Cards, a creativity and teambuilding tool used by thousands to deepen team conversations and generate ideas. In 2016, she won the Karl Rhonke Creativity Award from the Association for Experiential Education.

    Amy was first introduced to NSA through the Wisconsin Chapter when she lived in Madison. She is excited to be back with NSA-WI to share her wisdom on designing training programs. You can learn more about Amy and her work at climerconsulting.com.

    Schedule
    Registration & Networking: Noon-12:30 pm
    Lunch: 12:30-1:30 pm
    Program: 1:30-3:30 pm
    Optional Networking: 3:30-4 pm
    Special meeting for all Academy Members will be held from 8:00 am to 12 pm.

    • November 22, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • American Family Insurance Dreambank, 821 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


    • December 19, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • At your computer!

    Smiling and Dialing Your Way to a Six-Figure Speaking Income

    Do you find that when it is time to do outbound marketing calls, your phone weighs 1,000 lbs? Would you rather take your dog for a walk than make those necessary marketing calls? 

    OR - Is it possible to take a new list, from a new industry, where no one know you and you have no connections and turn it into a six-figure speaking business one year later? Yes, it is and Lisa Ryan will show you how it’s done.
     
    After spending the first seven years of her speaking career focusing on general human resource audiences, she wanted to find a niche. After deciding on manufacturing and the trades (which was in her career background), she set to out to work. Today she has presented more keynote presentations at national conferences than she ever did as a generalist.
     
    Want to know how it happened?
     
    During this interactive, engaging and FUN session, you will learn the exact process that Lisa used. Nothing will be held back, any question you have will be answered (as long as we are not going against anti-trust laws).
     
    Whether you are an emerging speaker, or an established speaker looking to break into a new market, this program is for you.
     
    By attending this program, you’ll discover:
    •    How to affordably create your list of high potential prospects
    •    What to say to prospects in the first several contacts with them
    •    How to overcome picking up the “thousand-pound phone”
    •    The attitude to reject rejection and keep calling
    •    Follow up strategies to keep top of mind without being a pest
    •    How to use LinkedIn for prospecting
    •    The power of persistence and why 21 is your new magic number
     
    If you’re willing to put in the effort, you too can build a six-figure speaking business using the phone.

    Lisa Ryan, CSP
    An award-winning speaker and author of ten books, Lisa Ryan, CSP, works with her clients to develop employee and client engagement initiatives and strategies that keep their top talent and best clients from becoming someone else’s.

    Lisa’s expertise includes: strengthening workplace culture, improving employee engagement, increasing customer retention, and initiating gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) for personal and professional transformation.

    Lisa costars in two films with other experts including Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul.  She is the Past-President of the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University.

    Join the program at: https://zoom.us/j/2626174590

    • January 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI
    Register


    • January 31, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Location TBD
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


    • February 27, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • March 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI
    Register


    • March 27, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Location TBD
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


    • April 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • May 28, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI
    Register


    • May 29, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Location TBD
    Register

    One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend.  The “Lab” operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc. 

    Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

    Click here or more information.


Past events

September 04, 2019 NSA Wisconsin Kickoff for the 2019-20 Season!
August 10, 2019 Speakers Lab Special Session: Video Day!
July 27, 2019 NSA INFLUENCE 2019
July 13, 2019 Speakers Lab Special Session: Keynote Crafting Workshop
June 15, 2019 Speaker's Lab
June 13, 2019 Annual Celebration
May 17, 2019 Speaker's Lab
May 16, 2019 BROADCAST YOUR BUSINESS Six Insider Secrets to Attract the Media and SHINE! With Katrina Cravy
May 08, 2019 Ask the Expert Zoom Call: How to Market to Associations the Easy Way with Kim Kotecki
May 02, 2019 Special Event: Storytelling Masterclass
April 20, 2019 Speaker's Lab
April 18, 2019 Ask the Expert Zoom Call: Presentation Tips for Designing a Million-Dollar Story
March 22, 2019 Speaker's Lab
March 21, 2019 Power Selling With LinkedIn with Phil Gerbyshak
February 21, 2019 Keynote Crafting Zoom Call with Jacy Imilkowski
February 16, 2019 Speaker's Lab
January 18, 2019 Speaker's Lab
January 17, 2019 DOING WHAT IT TAKES . . . How to Differentiate and Deliver in Today’s Competitive Marketplace with Dan Thurmon
December 15, 2018 Speaker's Lab
November 16, 2018 Speaker's Lab
November 15, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT: "Writing Articles that Association Editors Will Publish" with Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CPAE
November 15, 2018 Selling to Associations — By Going in the Back Door with Ed Rigsbee, CSP, CPAE
October 20, 2018 Speaker's Lab
October 18, 2018 Ask the Expert Zoom Call: How to Boost Your Sales & SEO in Your NSA Profile with Susan Young, MSA
September 21, 2018 Speaker's Lab
September 20, 2018 Creativity Boot Camp for Speakers, Trainers & Keynoters!
August 11, 2018 Speaker's Lab
July 21, 2018 Speaker's Lab
July 14, 2018 NSA Influence 2018
June 23, 2018 Speaker's Lab
June 14, 2018 Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet
May 18, 2018 Speaker's Lab
May 17, 2018 Passion for the Platform
May 17, 2018 Speaker Academy Session
April 14, 2018 Speaker's Lab
March 16, 2018 Speaker's Lab
March 15, 2018 Chapter Event
March 15, 2018 Speaker Academy Session
February 10, 2018 Speaker's Lab
January 19, 2018 Speaker's Lab
January 18, 2018 Networking to Grow Your Business, Build Your Brand & Increase Your Influence
January 18, 2018 Speaker Academy Session
December 09, 2017 Speaker's Lab
November 10, 2017 Speaker's Lab
November 09, 2017 Corral Your Ca$h Cow!
October 19, 2017 Facilitated Mastermind Sessions
September 28, 2017 20 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Content for Publicity and Profit
July 08, 2017 NSA Influence 2017
June 20, 2017 The Hot Skinny!
May 18, 2017 Building the Ultimate Speaking Career with Chad Hymas
April 21, 2017 NSA Video Lab 2017
April 19, 2017 Strategies, Systems & Sales for a Speaking Successful Business: How to Create a Sustainable Model That Works for You
March 02, 2017 The Evolution of Speaking
February 24, 2017 NSA Winter Conference: Business Symposium
February 18, 2017 Eloquence Platform Coaching Session
January 14, 2017 Academy Session: Focus on Ethics and Enterprise
January 11, 2017 Getting Clients and Selling Products: Secrets to building a successful speaking business
November 12, 2016 Academy Session: Focus on Enterprise
November 03, 2016 VIDEO ACTION: A Bazillion Extreme Ways to Actively Use Video During Your Presentations
October 15, 2016 Academy Session: Focus on Expertise
September 27, 2016 Facilitated Mastermind Sessions
September 15, 2016 No Power & No Point: Why Your Slides Suck & How to Make 'em Soar
July 23, 2016 NSA 2016 National Convention
June 21, 2016 NSA WI "Hot Skinny"
May 26, 2016 Using LinkedIn Successfully to Grow Your Speaking Business
May 19, 2016 Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken
March 19, 2016 Eloquence Platform Coaching Session
March 09, 2016 Thought Leadership: How to commercialize your ideas
February 16, 2016 Academy Session: Focus on Ethics & Enterprise
January 21, 2016 Growing Your Business When You Are the Business!
January 19, 2016 Academy Session: Focus on Enterprise
November 17, 2015 Academy Session: Focus on Expertise
November 06, 2015 NSA 2015 Tech Lab
November 03, 2015 You. Your Story. Make An Impact. Harnessing the power of your stories to create better speeches and get booked more.
October 19, 2015 Facilitated Mastermind Sessions
September 24, 2015 Thou Shalt Dress One Level Above Your Audience (and other speaking rules that don't exist)
June 18, 2015 The Hot Skinny
June 18, 2015 NSA-WI Speakers Academy - Facilitated Mastermind Session
May 28, 2015 How to Make It In the Speaking Business
May 28, 2015 NSA-WI Speakers Academy - Facilitated Mastermind Session
March 05, 2015 Book More Business!™ Marketing for the Experienced Speaker
March 05, 2015 NSA-WI Speakers Academy - Facilitated Mastermind Session
January 29, 2015 I Want to See the Jalapeno Coming: 93 Hot Ways to Get Booked
January 29, 2015 NSA-WI Speakers Academy - Facilitated Mastermind Session
November 13, 2014 Five Critical Success Factors for Every Speaker
November 13, 2014 NSA-WI Speakers Academy - Facilitated Mastermind Session
September 15, 2014 Facilitated Mastermind Sessions
September 14, 2014 Bringing Home Cavett
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