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Meeting News for Speakers: S*^#! Meeting Planners Say & Smart Ways to Be Hired by Them with Deborah Gardner, CMP

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NSA-Arizona Program May 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.; networking 8:00 a.m.
Presentations: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: NSA Conference Center, 1500 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

Registration (after May 10, 2017): $47/members, $62/guests
No refunds after 5 p.m. May 10, 2017.
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Meeting News for Speakers: S*^#! Meeting Planners Say & Smart Ways to Be Hired by Them

with Deborah Gardner, CMP

Have you ever wanted to know what decision-makers are truly thinking about when working with you? Want to know what they actually need from you? If so, LISTEN UP! Hear the truth straight from the horse’s mouth, someone who lives in the meeting planner world that directly understands the necessities of both the planner and speaker.

If you’re serious about being hired today, attend this jam-packed information session and find out how to solve the many challenges you face when dealing with decision-makers. Explore the internal and external factors that are impacting the economic environment, meeting design, and content delivery. Take a look at why meetings are important and how to get involved in the process. Discover how to modernize your business strategies from Deborah’s ongoing extensive meetings industry interview process and insightful perspective from those that hire you.

  • Grasp 7 ways to better understand your client job duties and greatly enhance your relationships
  • Learn about the most up-to-the-minute meeting industry studies and statistics that will blow your mind
  • Understand the current industry outlook, trends, and forecasts to help communicate the value of meetings
  • Hear about the meetings industry perspective on current initiatives
  • Receive “must have” documents and information to implement into your business plans immediately


A swimming champion turned author and competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner helps companies and organization (sales and negotiating) professionals advance to new levels of success with a competitive mentality.

With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Radio, and a 27-year hospitality sales veteran. Today, Deborah is rising to international prominence, using her entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style, by helping hundreds of people worldwide to discover their competitive spirit.

Deborah is a Certified Meeting Professional recipient; she is one of only five CMP speakers globally that has received this prestigious credential. She was named most requested speaker by Meeting Professional International, Meetings & Convention Magazine meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard in 2014, she made Convention Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals, and she was just honored as the 2017 Top 50 Smart Women Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine.

Whether keynoting, facilitating, or consulting, Deborah believes in mastering her craft on the platform by doing television commercial work as an actor, conducting voice-overs, and runway modeling.

The Power of Speakers Lab—Live and in Living Color

Exactly how does one achieve her goals in the public speaking profession? What are the steps and to whom can you turn to for support?

At the next NSA-Arizona chapter meeting we pull back the curtain and give you an inside look at the process as it actually unfolds. Natalie Sayer attended Doug Stevenson’s workshop on April 1st and has a burning desire to use what she learned and to craft her “idea worth spreading.”

Here’s a hint. Natalie isn’t doing it alone. She is harnessing the power of the Speakers Lab and you are going to have a front row seat on May 13. Watch as Natalie shares the current version of her talk and experience for yourself the input, feedback, and amazing encouragement available to her in the Speakers Lab.

Plus, you will walk away with feedback you can immediately incorporate into your own presentation. We call that vicarious learning and it’s a game changer too.

Come join us at the monthly meeting and discover the hidden gem that is NSA-Arizona Speakers Lab.

Join us for this outstanding program!

To register for this meeting, please follow prepayment procedures.
Prepayment Procedures: To streamline check-in at monthly meetings, the board requires that you prepay for your meeting attendance.

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NSA-Arizona events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to NSA-Arizona’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes.

Thank you to the NSA-Arizona Program Committee: Larry Emmott, chair.

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