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Speaker Studio

  • 22 Jun 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • MAC6, 1430 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282


Speaker Studio

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 that would benefit from some feedback? Come join us at Speaker Studio and experience the valuable feedback and encouragement to help you improve in any area of your content development or presentation skills.

Speaker Studio usually meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at MAC6 in Tempe. 

You may attend these sessions as a Guest. However, if you wish to present, you must be a Chapter member in good standing.

In a regular meeting, we fit in as many speaking slots as possible. The maximum time allocated is 20 minutes but many are less based on what the speaker is trying to accomplishwe usually have time for four 20-minute slots – 10 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for feedback. 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.

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


To request a practice session slot, please contact Don Thoren at www.donthoren.com or 480-560-3525, by no later than the Friday preceding an upcoming Speaker Studio meeting. 

There may be more participants wanting to present at a specific practice session than time can accommodate. Requests will be approved on the following priority basis:

A.     New Studio participant (following at least two observation sessions)

B.     New Studio participant follow-up practice session

C.     Participants not presenting in the most recent four Studio sessions

D.    NSA-Az members requesting feedback on specific presentation elements

E.      All other requests.

Special circumstances will be taken into account when scheduling practice sessions.


Don Thoren has contributed many documents – articles, emails, etc. – over the past several years as teaching aides. These documents are contained in  this file (click to access).

The documents have been organized into four sections:  A) Annotated Table of Contents; B) Speaker Studio Feedback Forms; C) Speech/Presentation Preparation; and D) Business Development.  Please access and apply any of the content that is relevant to your learning and work.  Also, please feel free to submit your own documents and articles that may be helpful to other Speaker Studio participants.



PRACTICE PRESENTING TO A LIVE & SAFE AUDIENCE – Receive valuable personal coaching from Don Thoren CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame as well as other mentors and speakers.

JUST OBSERVE THE PRESENTERS - Your speaking and writing skills improvement will accelerate 10-fold.

Questions or suggestions? Feel free to contact Ev Taylor via email or phone at 480-720-9065

LOCATION: MAC6, 1430 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

  • May 11th - Privacy + Board Room
  • May 25th - Growth + Board Room
  • June 8th - Privacy + Board Room
  • June 22nd - Privacy + Board Room

By attending 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.


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