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President's Letter | february 2023

Hello, Fellow Speaker!

What is happening this month that you won't want to miss?

  • Friday, February 10- Master Your Messaging- (IN PERSON at NIU Naperville) 8:45-11:15am. Learn from two experts on how to tell your story and market YOU to build your business. (Not to mention all the fun you will have meeting new and long-time friends in the business!) Register here for this event!
  • Monthly Programming: Be sure to never miss a program by subscribing to our Google calendar so all monthly programs will automatically populate in your calendar and you won't miss a thing! (Or just save the date for every second Friday morning of the month... ahem... like our next event, Friday, March 10 for a virtual program 9-11:15am)
  • NSA National Winter Workshop - If you are a member of or familiar with NSA National, please consider attending the in-person winter conference, THRIVE, in San Antonio, TX, on March 3-5, 2023. NSA-IL will have members in attendance and would love to have you join us! When you register, please use code NSAIL, and head to our Facebook Members Only page to coordinate travel/rideshare plans.

NSA-IL is having a great year and YOU are the reason why! Thank you members and friends of NSA IL- we feel your enthusiasm for our chapter, each other and this wild business of speaking we all share! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous month ahead!

With gratitude,
Meg Bucaro
2022-2023 NSA-IL President

Join NSA Illinois for the second of its three IN-PERSON events of the 2022-2023 programming year -- MASTER YOUR MESSAGING.

About "Tell Your Story, Build Your Business"

We all know how important it is to use stories in our speeches. But have you fully exploited the power of storytelling on behalf of yourself and your business?

After all, you are more than your list of credentials, clients and topics. The right story will help you connect with prospects, deepen relationships and position yourself for even greater success.

In this engaging, interactive session we’ll use a couple of different story models to help you craft a narrative that captures who you are and the value you bring in a way that’s truly compelling.

You'll have a chance to whip up first drafts of your stories, share them with others and get valuable feedback.

Presented by Rob Biesenbach

NSA-Illinois member Rob Biesenbach helps leaders break free from death by PowerPoint, tell their story and communicate like humans should. He’s an in-demand keynote speaker, workshop leader and coach.

He’s worked with great organizations including AARP, Allstate, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin.

Rob is also the author of the bestselling book, Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results.

About "Five Tools for Marketing YOU"

Being a great speaker isn't enough to build a thriving business. You need to become skilled at marketing yourself - and Amy Turner has the secrets.

During this idea-packed session, we'll explore:

  • Developing a high-level marketing strategy
  • Utilizing the latest AI technology for simple marketing hacks
  • Social Media "How to's" and "How to not's"
  • Bulk content creation & growth strategies
  • Content & Advertising - When to outsource and when to DIY
  • Marketing Best Practices for Speakers

Bonus: Amy's humorous presentation style is sure to add some fun along the way!

Presented by Amy Turner, CDMP

A certified digital marketing expert with 18 years in the marketing field as a Marketing Director & a VP of Sales & Marketing, Amy offers NSA-IL attendees the top 5 tips for speakers to effectively market themselves. She will simplify complex marketing strategies of large organizations, into easily implementable tactics for the speaker business owner.


Never miss an event! Use this link to get the NSA-IL Google calendar!

About Meg

Meg Bucaro, M.A., is a communications strategist, college instructor and business owner who is passionate about empowering clients to perform at their highest level by communicating with power.

Whether she is in a boardroom, courtroom, classroom or Zoom breakout room, Meg works with clients on how to formally present with impact, utilize body language to gain influence and communicate with intention and power. Meg brings her expertise, sense of humor and passion to each class, session and event.

When it comes to kicking back, Meg enjoys spending time with her family, soaking in the Midwest weather on her patio with a cocktail and a good book, or going for a nice long jog. Any given Sunday in the fall, this avid Chicago Bears fan can be found cheering on her beloved Bears, regardless of their record.

Stop Wishing and Start Speaking!

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Questions? Read our FAQs, or contact Christy Moore at 847-991-0772 and

Want to Know More about the Chapter? See our chapter officers and directors.

Find Out More:

Christy Moore, CMP
National Speakers Association Illinois Chapter
45 Delaware Court, Schaumburg IL 60193 

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