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Program Meeting: The Fine Art of Small Talk: Every Conversation is an Opportunity for Success

  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85024


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NSA-Arizona Program Saturday, November 13, 2021


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Networking
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Skill-builder & Program Meeting
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Professional Opportunity

Please note: Coffee, tea and Danish will be provided. 

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Program Meeting

Join bestselling author, nationally recognized conversation expert and keynote speaker Debra Fine for her fast-paced, interactive and entertaining presentation The Fine Art of Small Talk: Every Conversation is an Opportunity for Success. Together we’ll laugh, learn and leave with insightful and informative conversation skills, mingling tips and business networking techniques.

This fast paced, informative and interactive workshop will help you:

  • Make the most of meetings, conferences and networking opportunities
  • Strike up conversations and keep them going
  • Come across as composed and self-assured when interacting  with decision makers, clients and colleagues
  • Develop rapport anyone
  • Overcome communication barriers
  • Avoid conversation “killers”
  • Exit conversations with grace

Bestselling author, keynote speaker and trainer Debra Fine began her career as an engineer. Now a long time member of the National Speakers Association, she presents and trains audiences across the globe. Fine designs her presentations and researches her books to teach technically oriented professionals conversation skills and business networking techniques that help in developing business relationships, gaining visibility and building rapport in the workplace and beyond. Debra’s bestselling book The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills—and Leave a Positive Impression (Hachette) has been translated and published in over 2 dozen countries and her media appearances include The Today Show, CNN, New York Times, Fox Business News and CBS Sunday Morning.

Thank you to Jeff and his team at Bespoke Presentations for making all of the technology work behind the scenes so the Chapter can offer a hybrid option!

Immediately following the monthly program (in person only)...

Getting Your Voice Heard: How to Become a Successful Paid Speaker | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Don Thoren, CMC, CPAE

Topic: Creating Powerful Content for Your Target Market

  1. Selecting or re-orienting your primary message based on your compelling reason to speak. 
  2. Crafting the first 3 minutes of your message to your target audience.
  3. Creating power sentences to capture attention and create urgency for your message.

Session open to experienced speakers who want to do a “checkup” on their content for 2022.

About Don:

  • Certified Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants
  • Past National President of NSA and one of original Founders

Members and Candidates welcome! You MUST be registered for the monthly program to attend Getting Your Voice Heard or Professional Opportunity. Offered in-person only.


Suitcase Drive for Teens

NSA-Arizona is partnering with OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids) to provide gently used suitcases for teens aging out of the foster care system. 

Tamara Webb from OCJ Kids will be at the November meeting to share with us how they use the suitcases and provide them to the kids.

We will be collecting suitcases at our November 13th program meeting and at our December 12th Holiday Party. Your involvement and support plays a vital role in the success of the lives of foster children in Arizona. Thank you to NSA-Arizona member Stephanie Angelo for making the suggestion.


An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 and its variants exists in any public place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely dangerous disease that can lead to severe illness and death. While people of all ages and health conditions have been adversely affected by Covid-19, certain people have been identified by public health authorities as having greater risk based on age and/or underlying medical conditions. No precautions can completely eliminate the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Attendees of NSA Arizona events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and its variants, and are advised to undertake precautions deemed necessary, to include those recommended by the CDC and the State of Arizona.

By registering for this event, you are implying your agreement with the above. You are also giving permission for NSA-Arizona to add your contact information to our email list and to use any photographs or screenshots that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds.

Members, did you know your spouse/business partner/staff member can be registered at the member rate? Please notify us if you have any special needs for the meeting.


10869 N. Scottsdale Road

Suite 103, PMB 238

Scottsdale, AZ 85254




NSA-Arizona is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. 

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