What's the Speakers Lab all about?
An important function of the Lab is to get confirmation on what we do right and awareness of what we do that can be improved. It's been suggested that "magic" takes place at Speakers Lab.
Presenters get ideas, feedback in a "safe" place
What happens at Speakers Lab? Speakers get lots of critique, yes, but much more importantly, they get many suggestions for adding value to already good material. These speakers, already being paid to speak, recognize the need to get better so they can expect better fees!
Presenters range in experience from beginners to seasoned pros. Even the seasoned presenter is looking for ways to do better. Or working on new material. Or looking for a way to improve an introduction or a signature story. Or they're venturing into a new area and need a "safe" place to experiment.
Would you like to observe while some of the most accomplished speakers in our industry give practical advice to other speakers? Or how about sitting in the back of the audience when other speakers present so you can observe what works? Well that’s what we do at the Speakers Lab and you’re invited!
Our methodology: We ask presenters what their purpose is and what kind of feedback they want or need. We provide feedback in a structured environment that includes guidelines both for evaluators and for speakers. This helps to provide supportive, constructive, and useful advice.
Is there an area of your speaking or your speaking business that would benefit from some feedback? Come join us at Speakers’ Lab and experience the valuable feedback and encouragement to help you improve in any area of the speaking business.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 9:30-11:45 a.m. We’re starting to offer an evening lab on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Both morning and evening labs will include 15-30 minutes for networking at the beginning of the session.
Normally, we would be meeting in person. However, in the current environment, we have changed to an online format. An announcement regarding the Zoom session for the Lab will be sent to you prior to the Speakers Lab. When you respond to that email, to register for that session, you will be provided with a link.
You may attend these sessions as a Guest. However, if you wish to present at the Lab, you must be a Professional Member or Candidate in good standing. We ask that you attend as a participant twice, before you sign up for time to present.
In a normal meeting, we have three 30-minute slots. Speakers can use the time to receive feedback and tips for a specific purpose, like trying out new material or a new form of speaking. They can also get feedback about marketing materials, web sites, or a book idea.
“The Speakers Lab was the biggest reason I joined NSA-Arizona. You can’t get growth opportunities like this anywhere else.” - Jake White
Next Speaker’s Labs:
Tuesday morning 01/12/2021—9:30 a.m. on Zoom
Wednesday evening 01/20/21—6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Tuesday morning 01/26/2021—9:30 a.m. on Zoom
To present and get feedback on your content, email Natalie Sayer and put “Speakers Lab” in the subject line.
***Must have attended at least twice before presenting.
NSA-Arizona Speaker Lab Leadership Team: Michael Haley, Debra Exner, Natalie Sayer, Antonio Valles.