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Are You the Next Cardi B?

“Yeah baby, I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like that
You gotta believe me when I tell you
I said I like it like.”

            “I Like It”, Cardi B

Many of you reading this may not even know who Cardi B is.  And if you don’t, you’re probably not her target market anyway. 

Born Belcalis Almanzar, Cardi B is Bronx-born former Manhattan stripper that made a living as a Vine and Instagram celebrity, recording R-rated one-liners in 6-second video clips.  They became so popular, she began hosting club events as an Instagram influencer, and in 2015 was invited to a spot on the reality TV show “Love and Hip Hop: New York”.  (I’m guessing you’ve not seen THAT, either.).

In 2017 Cardi B became only the second female rapper to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  Since that time, she has won multiple Grammys and is arguably the hottest female rap star of our time.  She is an acquired taste (!), but she’s the #1 flavor of millions in large part because of her videos.      

Video may have killed the radio star, but in today’s world, most every speaker lives and dies through the consistent, professional use of great video.  I’m excited about this month’s VIRTUAL Friday program on the 15th, because we have two experts in the field that will be showing us how to maximize the use of this most powerful medium to sell ourselves in the best possible way.

[NOTE:  This is the program that was originally scheduled LIVE on the same date.  The information is so valuable, however, we wanted to bring it to you in the comfort of your own home so you could begin to act on it right away.]

MAY 15th  -  via Zoom

Maximize Your Speaking Success with Video

with Jared Silver and Nate Woodbury

Friday, May 15th, 2020 – 9:00 am to 11:45 am

(with a special NSA-IL Members-Only EXTRA session from noon to 12:45 pm)

Video has always been important...but right now it’s absolutely vital

Spend your morning with two industry professionals to give you the skills, tools, tips and techniques to make the most of your video marketing and presenting. Armed with this information, your virtual material can be as impactful--maybe even more so--than on stage or in person.

Nate and Jared pull back the curtain on to show you:

  • How to skyrocket your videos to the top of YouTube
  • On-screen presentation skills
  • Home office and studio set up
  • How to powerfully engage your audience
  • TelePrompTer tips and techniques
  • Smart tactics for hiring a videographer
  • Content and run times to make your videos work hard for you
  • The videos you need (and the order you need them) to turn prospects into sales

REGISTER NOW for this important session by clicking here.


So Much to Learn, So Little Time!

We’re thrilled that many of you have taken advantage of our (7) Zoom events in the “Keep Your Speaking Business Movin’ in a Time of Disruption” Series!  So many people worked long hours behind the scenes to bring you this very valuable and vital series in conjunction with NSA-Wisconsin and NSA-Michigan, and they are all FREE to current NSA-IL members!   You’re still welcome to register for those remaining on the schedule; check out the excellent program that are still coming up thru May 18th by clicking here.    


Our First-Ever NSA-IL Online Auction is Coming Soon!

Imagine being able to enlist the services of a world-class speaking coach, book consultant, or humorist to punch up your keynote for a FRACTION of what you’d normally pay!  Our Auction Committee has collected dozens of valuable services and opportunities to help boost your speaking career in this first-ever online Auction to benefit your NSA-IL chapter. 

Allie Pleiter, our incoming President, was able to buy a series of one-on-one coaching sessions with a nationally known speaking coach that she paid 30% of her going rate in a similar NSA auction!   Stay tuned for the details of this very special event.   


We still plan on our June Awards Luncheon event being LIVE, so please put it on your calendars and we’ll bring you the details shortly:


NSA-IL Awards Luncheon and Program

with Gary Rifkin, CSP  

Friday, June 12th, 2020 – 10:00 am to 1:45 pm (times subject to change)

Ditka’s Restaurant, Oak Brook, IL 

We still have Ditka’s reserved for one of our most esteemed NSA colleagues as our special guest speaker.  Gary Rifkin is founder of Gary Rifkin Presents, and he helps individuals shine in front of any audience.  He is Chief Learning Officer of CoreClarity, and is the 2015 winner of the Cavett Award, the most prestigious honor given by NSA for outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the profession.  His program on platform skills will be the perfect cap to an outstanding year at NSA-IL!  Please make plans NOW to join us for this very special event. 


Put an NSA Expert In Your Ears Around the House

Have you checked out the treasure trove of recordings?   All NSA-IL members have access to the recordings from NSA’s national conferences from the past three years (INFLUENCE ’19, ’18 and ’17) in the Members Only section of the Website.  Over 200 incredible recordings are now there for you to access.  

While you’re online, check out the other excellent resources on the NSA National Members-Only Facebook page; if you’re a full-fledged member, access it or join by clicking here.  


Welcome New Members!

We’re thrilled to announce that several members of our Speakers Academy have recently chosen to become NSA-IL Emerging Speaker Members.  They are:

-   Rebecca Gacki – Morton Grove

-   Jenny Hamby - Plainfield

-   Ginger Hill - Naperville

-   Mary McNutt – Northfield

-   John Saunders - Gurnee

-   Laticia Thompson - Shorewood

-   Rosie Zilinskas – Orland Park

And, a warm welcome to our newest NSA-IL Professional Speaker Member

-   Gayle Keller - Elmhurst

This past class of Academy grads was an exceptional group, and we’re excited to have them join our ranks to be an active part of our family.  Please let them know you’re looking forward to meeting them.     


We Enjoy Hearing From You!

Your Board is here for you at any time, so please feel free to reach out with questions or if you just want to talk:  

Bill Guertin, President                                                bill@the800poundgorilla.com

Allie Pleiter, President-Elect                                      alliepleiter@comcast.net

Lynne Franklin, Immediate Past President                lynne@yourwordsmith.com

Carl Seidman, Treasurer                                             carl@seidmanglobal.com

Haydn Shaw, Vice President                                      haydn.shaw@peopledrivenresults.com

Cindy Tschosik,

Board Member and Co-Dean, Speakers Academy            cindy@soconnectedllc.com

Jeannie Walters, Board Member                                jeannie@360connext.com

We look forward to “seeing” you at one of our many events soon.  Stay safe and be well!  



Bill Guertin

NSA-IL President

About Bill

Pro sports teams hire Bill to help them fill their stands with fans… and he can improve YOUR sales, too! Bill brings his unique experience of training the ticket sales departments of professional sports sales teams to companies of all sizes and industries. His dynamic presentations on peak performance in sales are based on the successful practices of pro sports teams throughout North America, including the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Bring their secrets to success to your next sales meeting or conference!

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