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NSA-Arizona Speakers Lab

  • 10 Mar 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Arcadia City Church, 3250 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018


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NSA-Arizona Speakers LAB: Speaker Coaching You

Cultivate Your Speaking Skills

Our new plan for the revitalized speaker Lab (now called “Speaker Coaching YOU”) is to start with “Creating (or revitalizing) a Relevant and Powerful Opening.” We will follow this topic in subsequent weeks and months with creating key points, illustrating and applying key points, transitions, and closing appeals until you have written or revitalized your presentation! During the next session, March 10th from 10 to 11:30 at Arcadia City Church located at 3250 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, I will present key ideas on openings followed by giving up to 3 minutes practice opportunities for as many people as possible.

Beyond creating or revitalizing your opening, you have an opportunity to create your first speech, or revitalize your current speech. And by speech I include keynote, book description, seminars, speak free to sell product, facilitation introduction, website description, etc.  All of these have an opening, key points, key points illustrated and applied, emotionality and rationality, a closing appeal and/or a call to action.

Is your first impression as impactful as you want it to be? You have an opportunity on March 10th to get an expert opinion of your first impression including suggestions for improving it. We currently have 5 people signed up to practice so there is space for 2 more. Your up to 3 minutes of practice is followed by 7 minutes of encouraging feedback and suggestions for improvement. Participants then get the vicarious insight that comes from hearing other people practice their opening and get encouragement and suggestions. Some of those ideas will be valuable to you too.

We will have fun and be highly productive.

Email Rita if you want up to 3 minutes to practice. If we have too many requests for the 10th, we will roll your request over to the next meeting on March 21st. If you want to know more about this new approach the chapter has asked me to lead, feel free to contact me.

Don Thoren, a Lab founder and Lab leader for its first 14 years, has been asked to help reinvent a post COVID Lab experience for the benefit of our members. Don is a CMC, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and named to the class of 2012 Legends of the Speaking Profession. He is among the founders of NSA and both a Chapter and National Past President.

Jim and I attended the last session and it was amazing!! Don is GREAT at leading this...and the privilege of having some platform time with constructive feedback is priceless!! Don't miss this. We will both be at as many as possible!— Naomi Rhode

NSA-Arizona Speaker Lab Leadership Team: Don Thoren, CMC, CPAE; Rita Hudgens; Michael Haley; Debra Exner; Antonio Valles.

NSA Arizona complies with all Arizona and CDC health guidelines and reminds members to do the same. 

By registering for this event, you are 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.


10869 N. Scottsdale Road

Suite 103, PMB 238

Scottsdale, AZ 85254




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