Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2024
    • 29 Apr 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom
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    NSA-Arizona Projects Lab

    Project Lab 

    What is it? A casual, virtual co-working support space

    Why do it?

    • Bursts of focused work with breaks promote productivity and reduce stress.
    • Focus intently on a project, content development, marketing, pitching, operational or administrative processes etc.
    • It’s an opportunity to ask for feedback, share resources and support each other’s work
    • During the highly productive segments, you’re muted with your video on or off


    How long is it? 2 hours, once weekly

    When is it? Monday from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

    • Project lab may be expanded to an additional day and time if Monday participation merits expansion


    Project Lab Flow:

    Start at 12:00 p.m.

    • Welcome new participants to introduce themselves
    • Each person shares their project, challenge or goal for the lab time

    Facilitator schedules a 50-minute work session

    • Take a break and share progress, ask any questions, share any related resources
    • A 40–50-minute work session is scheduled
    • Topics or conversations that require more time can continue via the chat or participants can stay on zoom after the scheduled end time and continue supporting each other

    The regular host is Michele Redmond, with co-host Shevon Quijano.

    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    • 5 Mar 2024
    • 4 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom

    NSA-Arizona Keynote Mastermind Group

    Meets virtually on the Tuesday before the Saturday program at 4:00 p.m.

    Facilitator: Roger Rickard

    Contact Roger for the Zoom link. 

    You must be a member of NSA-Arizona to participate.


    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • MAC6, 1430 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
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    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 (except December 2023) 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

    SPEAKER PRACTICE SESSIONS

    To request a practice session slot, please contact Don Thoren at don@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.

    SPEAKER STUDIO COMPILED READINGS

    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.

    BECOME OR REMAIN AN IN-DEMAND AND HIGHLY PAID

    SPEAKER, TRAINER, COMMUNICATOR

    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

    All Speaker Studio sessions will be held on the second floor training 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.

    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 15 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom

    NSA-Arizona Facilitator Mastermind Group

    Meets virtually on the 15th of the month at 3:00 p.m.

    Facilitator: Kristin Arnold, CSP, CPAE

    Contact Kristin for the Zoom link. 

    You must be a member of NSA-Arizona to participate.


    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MAC6, 1430 W Broadway Road, Suite 201, Tempe, AZ 85282
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    NSA-Arizona Program Saturday, March 16, 2024

    This meeting will be held upstairs in the training room.

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Networking
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Program Meeting



    Please note: Coffee, water and light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own beverage and snacks.

    3 Ways to Participate:

    1. Register to join us in person.
    2. Register to join us via live-streaming on the day of the event.
    3. Register to receive a link to the recording afterward.

    Next Level Audience Engagement

    with Rob Ferre, CSP®

    Prepare to revolutionize audience engagement through the dynamic realm of gamification! Join Rob Ferre, CSP, in this electrifying session as he unveils the art of transforming your presentation into an immersive experience using slides, interactive games, and cutting-edge software. Watch as Rob skillfully demonstrates diverse techniques to captivate your audience, fostering increased followers, fans, and active program participants. Discover an array of games and activities tailored not only for workshops and trainings but also for main stage keynotes. Brace yourself for an interactive journey—take notes, rise from your seats, and immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience that will earn you the heartfelt gratitude of your global audiences!"

    Top 3 Audience Takeaways: (geared toward the professional speaker)

    Unleash Your Presentation Prowess:
    Ignite your speaking prowess with practical insights on infusing games seamlessly into your power-packed PowerPoint or keynote presentations.

    Tech Mastery for Enhanced Engagement:
    Elevate your tech game and amplify audience engagement by delving into a world of cutting-edge software and technology.

    Stage-Ready Engagement Techniques:
    Dive into the spotlight with confidence as attendees actively participate in real-time examples of audience engagement activities tailored for the stage.

    EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS ON MARCH 11TH. REGISTER EARLY TO SAVE!

    Rob Ferre, CSP®, speaker, emcee, and entertainer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, has traveled the world to entertain and present to audiences from Des Moines to Dubai. He began his entertainment career while working in the family entertainment capital of the world, Orlando, Florida, where he worked for Disney, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon as a game show host and DJ. Rob has worked with brands like Dell, Amazon, and LinkedIn and was the Halftime Game Show Host for the NBA's Utah Jazz. Rob has been a member of NSA since 2015 with the Mountain West Chapter, where he served as Chapter President. He is also a "Certified Virtual Presenter" with over 150 virtual events hosted. Rob was thrilled to be a part of the 2022 class of Certified Speaking Professionals and was the emcee for Influence 2022 in Nashville. 

    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds.

    Please notify us if you have any special needs for the meeting.

    • 28 Mar 2024
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual via Zoom

    NSA-Arizona Author Mastermind Group

    Meets virtually on the fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

    Facilitator: Rose Ann Forte.

    Contact Rose Ann for the Zoom link. 

    You must be a member of NSA-Arizona to participate.


    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MAC6, 1430 W Broadway Road, Suite 201, Tempe, AZ 85282
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    NSA-Arizona Program Saturday, April 13, 2024

    This meeting will be held upstairs in the training room.

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Networking
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Program Meeting



    Please note: Coffee, water and light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own beverage and snacks.

    3 Ways to Participate:

    1. Register to join us in person.
    2. Register to join us via live-streaming on the day of the event.
    3. Register to receive a link to the recording afterward.

    Speaking is Not a Performance Art, it's a Connection Art. Learn the 21 Speaking Tips to Help You Connect with Any Audience.

    with Joel Weldon, CPAE

    You will learn specific, simple and systematic tips and tweaks that will help you connect even better to any audience by using three simple ideas that form the basis of this entire message for you at the April meeting.

    1. Speaking effectively is a learned skill. Like with any skill, the more you know and practice, the better you can be. 
    2. Speaking is NOT a performance art, it's a connection art. And the best way to connect with any audience is to be your authentic self. Because when you are you, you are much more relaxed and confident and nervousness is no longer part of your mindset. 
    3. The extraordinary speaker knows it's all about the audience and not about them. The mindset that puts you in this state of mind is simply this statement, "No one cares about you!" UNLESS---Your story, your experiences or your knowledge can benefit them. When you constantly remind yourself, "What's in it for them?" you get yourself out of the way and your message can flow to your listeners. 

    THE END RESULT

    After hearing the 21 Speaking Tips and Tweaks, you will know how to open any message just by using 3 powerful words, and how to end your message by using just one word. You'll learn the three-word formula to help you and your audience stay on point. You will have a simple way to know exactly how effective your audience found your message to be. When you get feedback from your audience, after every presentation, on what worked and didn't work, your growth will skyrocket. You will have a handout covering the 21 tips and tweaks and an opportunity to ask any question you want about speaking effectively. When you walk out that door at the end of the April meeting, you should feel confident about the practical tools, tips, techniques you can use immediately in your next presentation.

    EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS ON APRIL 8TH. REGISTER EARLY TO SAVE!

    Joel Weldon is an original founding member of NSA. He's a Hall of Fame speaker who's been paid to speak at over 3,000 events and has personally coached over 10,000 speakers. Some people can do and some people can teach, Joel excels at both. He's the creator of the Ultimate Speaking System, designed to help business executives, entrepreneurs and business owners use speaking to grow their business. Joel's philosophy is simply this: make your message impossible to be misunderstood, because speaking is simple, when you have a system. For over 4 decades, Joel has been known for his unique business card which is an 8 oz can that says, "Success Comes in Cans Not in Cannots." Over a half a million people have his success as a constant reminder of what they CAN do! 

    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds.

    Please notify us if you have any special needs for the meeting.

    • 8 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • MAC6, 1430 W Broadway Road, Suite 201, Tempe, AZ 85282
    Register


    NSA-Arizona Program Saturday, June 8, 2024

    This meeting will be held upstairs in the training room.

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Networking
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Program Meeting



    Please note: Coffee, water and light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own beverage and snacks.

    3 Ways to Participate:

    1. Register to join us in person.
    2. Register to join us via live-streaming on the day of the event.
    3. Register to receive a link to the recording afterward.

    HOW TO BE UNFORGETTABLY IMPACTFUL! 

    with Mark Brown, CSP®

    Every presenter wants to be impactful, but what does it take, and what skills do presenters develop to be unforgettably impactful?

    Mark Brown, CSP® has been using specific tools and techniques to command the physical and virtual stage on five continents, for more than 25 years. As the PROSpeaker for the NSA GA Speakers Academy, he teaches these techniques to emerging speakers in his chapter, and he reveals those techniques in this interactive program.

    Attend this intensive, deep-dive session to learn his secrets, and to see them in action. Brave volunteers from the audience will receive live coaching!

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS

    Attendees will learn:

    • How to make your audience love you before you say a word
    • How to transform a speech into an experience
    • Common mistakes presenters must avoid
    • Essential ‘must-haves’ for being unforgettable
    • How movement can HURT or HELP your speech
    • How to master the platform for maximum impact

    EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS ON JUNE 3RD. REGISTER EARLY TO SAVE!

    Mark Brown is a dynamic presenter and executive speaking coach who helps people overcome their fears to reach their maximum potential and achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence.

    Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown migrated to the United States at 18 years old with only US$40 in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.

    In 1995, he defeated more than 20,000 international contestants to win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on five continents. He is one of only SEVEN (7) people who is both a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and a World Champion of Public Speaking.

    A frequent presenter at National Speakers Association meetings, and keynote speaker at Toastmasters International Conferences worldwide, Mark shares his insights across a wide range of industries. As a speaking coach, he influences various professions, and his global coaching clientele includes emerging speakers, corporate CEOs, and seasoned professional presenters.

    He is the co-author of the book Deliver Unforgettable Presentations, and a leading member of the coaching faculty at StageTimeUniversity.com. He cohosts the weekly Unforgettable Presentations Podcast with fellow CSP & World Champion Darren LaCroix, which caters to presenters at every level of proficiency. According to Listen Score, a metric that estimates the popularity of over 3.1 million podcasts worldwide, the podcast ranks in the top 1.5%.

    Mark is committed to helping individuals and organizations excel, and he passionately believes that “Your life tells a story, and there’s someone out there who needs to hear it!”

    He lives in Lizella, GA, USA, with Andrea, his wife of more than 40 years.

    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 (screenshots) that are taken at the event containing your likeness for as long as NSA-Arizona deems appropriate and desirable.

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds.

    Please notify us if you have any special needs for the meeting.

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