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Speakers Lab

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If you are a chapter member in good standing and have been to at least 2 labs, you are welcome to sign up for a slot to review your Marketing Materials. We will have 3-4 slots per call. You will still contact Natalie to sign up for a slot. We will still have a facilitator and Guest Enricher. We will still meet from 9:30 – 11:45 AM. And we still need observers to enrich the lab experience and feedback.

All chapter members are welcome to attend. If you don’t normally attend lab because of the timing or travel, why don’t you drop in and take advantage of this temporary change. If it works out, who knows how we might incorporate virtual into Speakers Lab?

Members, look for the Speakers Lab email with the link on how you can attend these three labs from the comfort of your own home or office.

The guest enricher is subject to change.

Morning Labs

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The Speakers “Lab” is the ultimate opportunity to test new material or refine/improve existing material. The Lab is offered exclusively to members of the “Elite” NSA-Arizona Chapter--the only chapter nationally to offer this unique service.

speakers lab \ ’spē-kur * ’lab \ vb 1: elevating your speech to the next level; going from good to great. n 2: a meeting place where speakers come together to raise one another up. vb 3: the spirit of our founder Cavett Robert; living the NSA vision.

Speakers are allotted 30 minutes to present and receive feedback. Five-, ten- and forty-minute slots are also available, upon request.

  • Elevator Speeches
  • Humor
  • Key Notes
  • Openings/closings
  • Recorded materials, DVD’s, CD’s
  • Signature Story
  • Special Vignettes
  • Training exercise
  • 3 minute story

What's the Speakers Lab all about?

An important function of the Lab is to get confirmation on what we do right and awareness of what we do that can be improved. It's been suggested that "magic" takes place at Speakers Lab.

Presenters get ideas, feedback in a "safe" place

What happens at Speakers Lab? Speakers get lots of critique, yes, but much more importantly, they get many suggestions for adding value to already good material. These speakers, already being paid to speak, recognize the need to get better so they can expect better fees!

Presenters range in experience from beginners to seasoned pros. Even the seasoned presenter is looking for ways to do better. Or working on new material. Or looking for a way to improve an introduction or a signature story. Or they're venturing into a new area and need a "safe" place to experiment.

Morning Speakers Lab

The Speakers Lab is typically held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
Location: NSA Headquarters
1500 South Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
New time: 9:30 a.m. Networking / 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. LAB

Michael Haley—leader, Natalie Sayer, Debra Exner, Liz Recchia, and Ed Scannell, CSP

Contact Natalie Sayer regarding open speaking slots/scheduling.

Contact Natalie Sayer 623-322-3644 for Speakers Lab questions and feedback.

Typical Morning Agenda

9:30-9:45 AM - Networking (and set-time for presenters)
9:45-10:00 AM - Open Meeting, Announcements, Intros
10:00-10:30 AM - 1st Speaker
10:35-11:05 AM - 2nd Speaker
11:10-11:40 AM - 3rd Speaker
11:45 AM - Close Meeting, Thank You's

A message from Don Thoren, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Past NSA President, Past Speaker Lab President

“Early in my career, I spent two days with Cavett Robert, Bill Gove, Patricia Fripp, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, Don Hutson and others as we reviewed video tapes of each others presentations. I never saw so much support, positive reinforcement, improvement ideas and enriching suggestions given by a group of speakers to each other. It was a help each other love-in!! During the past six years of the Speakers Lab, we have met twice a month to observe each other, recognize each others talent and offer suggestions for improvement. The results have been dramatic and the process personally satisfying. It is our own Arizona ‘help each other love-in’ and our doors are always open to those who want to help others and improve themselves.”

Don Thoren, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Past NSA President, Past Speakers Lab President


Lab membership is included as part of the dues for both Professional and Candidate members. Here’s your chance to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery, and receive feedback from NSA speaking colleagues. New Members must attend at least 2 meetings before presenting so they will have an opportunity to learn how the group works. All Members are welcome to join the AM or PM Labs.

Lab Members must be an active NSA-Arizona Professional or Candidate Member. To become a chapter member, click here

Questions? Contact Natalie Sayer or Gwen Henson, Executive Director, at

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"As speakers, we never fight over the size of our slice of the pie, we build a bigger pie."
-Cavett Robert, NSA Founder