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When YOU Are the Business! with Mark LeBlanc, CSP—June 13

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NSA-Arizona Program June 13, 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL. We will meet via Zoom Meetings so you can interact with other participants. At least 24 hours in advance, you will be sent a link that enables you to join the meeting.
Time: 9:00 a.m.; networking 8:30 a.m.
Presentations: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

No refunds after 5 p.m. June 10, 2020.
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When YOU Are the Business!

with Mark LeBlanc, CSP

Find out what you need to know and what you need to do—in order to take your business up one or even four levels. Mark will walk you through best practices, principles and share pearls of wisdom to keep you on your path—and becoming a small business success story of your own.

You will discover:

  1. how to create an extreme sliver of focus,
  2. how to build undeniable momentum,
  3. how to create a marketing plan that works, and
  4. how to fill your calendar with more business!

Whether you want to book more keynote speeches, do more training, get hired for consulting or add coaching to your menu—this is an opportunity for you to shape or reshape your business model and make something great happen.

Mark LeBlanc runs a speaking business out of Minneapolis. His keynote speech Never Be the Same and his work (over one thousand presentations) on business development have made him one of our profession’s seasoned veterans. In fact, Mark will share not only the good and great—he will share the bad and ugly of his experiences over the last 37 years. Find out more at Mark LeBlanc dot com.

Mark LeBlanc, CSP runs a speaking business in Minneapolis. He conducts presentations and creates experiences for independent and practice professionals who want to create an extreme sliver of focus and put more money in their pocket as a business owner.

In fact, he has authored or co-authored four business books, including Growing Your Business, Never Be the Same, Build Your Consulting Practice (with Henry DeVries) and Defining YOU (with Henry DeVries and Kathy McAfee). He has clocked over twenty thousand business coaching hours, given over one thousand presentations, and conducted over 150 business retreats. He is a past president of the National Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

LeBlanc’s keynote speech and book Never Be the Same were inspired by walking the 500-mile, Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Northern Spain. Audiences have been captivated by the self-management and self-leadership lessons learned along the trek. He is the founder of The Mark LeBlanc (Young Entrepreneurs Succeed) Foundation.

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Candidate Program

The ABC’s of Unpacking Your Speaking Business—covering Area of Expertise, Business Model, Content & Community

It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. This year the candidate program has been packed with exciting speakers that provided great direction for building your business. Despite the challenges we experienced in the world we were able to quickly adapt, move from live events to virtual and provide valuable training for you on how to do that same thing in your business.

We plan on finishing the year on a high note. Our panel of experts will share from their experience in building businesses and defining brands. These experts represent the foundation of our theme – The ABC’s of Unpacking Your Speaking Business—covering Area of Expertise, Business Model, Content & Community You will have an opportunity to find out from our experts how they’ve positioned themselves in the market, designed their business and continue to market their services to the community.

Roger Rickard knows that successful advocacy can change the world; it is his life’s work as the Founder and President of Voices in Advocacy® and author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. He has more than 30 years of experience as an advocacy professional, speaker, trainer, consultant, and author.

He has served in numerous industry associations’ leadership roles, is a recipient of several international industry awards, and is a member of Meeting Professional International’s prestigious “Community of Honorees.” Roger currently serves as President-Elect of NSA Arizona.

He is often interviewed by radio, print and television media, highlighted by the MSNBC show Your Business. Smart Meetings Magazine did a cover story on Roger, entitled "Passion & Purpose, Roger Rickard’s Call to Action." Successful Meetings Magazine named Roger one of the Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry. Meetings Focus Magazine named him to their inaugural list of Meetings Trendsetters. Connect Magazine named him to their initial 15 over 50 list of meetings industry influencers.

Roger is a BIG man at 6’8”, a BIG thinker, and is casually known as the BIG GUY with a BOW TIE.

Dr. Tyrone Holmes is a professional speaker, consultant and coach who has spent more than two decades teaching thousands of people to build powerful relationships in diverse settings. He has facilitated over 1,500 live and virtual presentations that have taught participants to reduce the “noise” in their lives, to effectively communicate their messages, to connect with diverse audiences and groups, and to reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias. Dr. Holmes served as a full-time faculty member at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Leadership and Counseling, and at Wayne State University in the Department of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations. He is a Past President of Arizona Chapter of National Speakers Association.

Rebekah Elyze is passionate about two things: branding and leadership—and how the two work together. After 20 years of operating multiple businesses and branding hundreds of clients herself, she is now equipped more than ever to help leaders evolve their branding identity. Navigating the road of business entrepreneurship and self-education has caused her to stay ahead of the game regarding "results based" marketing. Today she works with top executives to help unpack and carve out a road map for success in developing their brand strategy. She is the CEO of Action Ventures and Founder of Action Global Initiatives a 508(c)1A Nonprofit Society, whose personal mission is to design some of the world’s most impactful philanthropic campaigns.

Have questions you’d like to ask the panelists? Email Dr. Karen Jacobson by 6/10.

You must be a current NSA-Arizona Candidate member in good standing and register for the general chapter meeting in order to attend the Candidate session. The Candidate session follows our monthly chapter meetings and runs from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As always, we’d love your feedback on your experience so far and what additional topics you might want to include in future sessions. Email Dr. Karen Jacobson.


Leverage the power and knowledge of the NSA-Arizona Professional Member community

Facilitator: Belinda Goodrich

Join your peers as we develop tangible action items cultivated from the material presented during the monthly meeting.

Accountability, brainstorming, and creative thinking lead to the tactical implementation of business-generation ideas!

Join us in the virtual break room from 12:15-1:30 p.m. immediately after the regular chapter meeting.

Attendance at the Professional Opportunity is included for Professionals in the meeting registration.

Join us for this outstanding program!

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 Chair John Iannarelli.

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