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NSA-Arizona Speaker Coaching YOU

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


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NSA-Arizona Speaker Coaching YOU

The February and March “Studio” practices focused on creating a powerful and effective opening to a speech, seminar, book cover, blog topic, etc.

Until you have an opening (or revision to your current opening) that promises great value and previews a presentation filled with helpful and applicable ideas, I don’t think it makes much sense to go beyond that. Being a speaker with an entertaining persona, one who will include relevant humor, one who demonstrates great credibility to speak on this topic, etc. are also important to establish in the 3-minute opening.

So for April, we will do two things:

  1. Provide additional opportunities to practice and re-practice your opening. It is well documented that practice, feedback and re-practice accelerate performance improvement.
  2. Provide new opportunities for those wanting to practice presenting your first major point.

We will see what our attendees needs and desires are as we go along and adjust our schedule of content to meet them.

At any time a member has an important upcoming presentation and wants “Studio” time to practice a segment and get feedback, we will find a way to include that in our schedule.

Change announcements:

  • As your Studio, “Coach in Residence,” I encourage you to write out your opening and/or major point in at least a rough draft and provide it to me a couple days before the Studio date. If you haven’t organized your thoughts enough to have at least a rough draft, you don’t get great feedback and we audience members waste our time.
  • Plan to video your presentation and the feedback, or at least use your phone voice recorder to do the same. This will help you get the most out of the feedback you receive.
  • As observers, use the “Learning Journal” to record your insights about what you can use as you learn vicariously from others experience during the practice Studio. These are 3 hole punched and you can put them in a 3-ring binder as you grow in information, knowledge and skill!

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. 

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