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847-991-0772 or Christy.Moore@nsa-il.org

Upcoming events

    • March 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Lewis University, 1111 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL

    Leveraging Laughter in Stories for Connection and Impact

    Hall of Fame speaker Tim Gard is someone who can find the funny almost anywhere and you can too! You will be excited to know that you don't need more stories. You just need to discover how to make your existing stories funnier. You can do that with Tim's three-step process. Discover how to build humor into stories for training events and how to take the humor trainers currently use and make it funnier and have more impact. Why stop when you get a giggle? With a little bit of work a funny story becomes a hilarious signature story that can get you booked again and again. Several participants will have the opportunity to tell a story during the session and have Tim demonstrate his process and help you find the funny in it.

    About the Presenter: Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE

    Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people how to become more resilient and resourceful as well as coaching businesses on how to enhance employee productivity and enthusiasm.  He is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame Speaker, an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide, as well as a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional).

    Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide – from Texas to  Tasmania – and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.


    8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration/Networking (Continental Breakfast)
    9:00 - 9:20  am: Opening Remarks & Member Introductions
    9:20 – 11:45 am:  TIm Gard's Presentation

    12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Tim Gard's Bonus Session for NSA Illinois Members Only

    • March 09, 2019
    • April 27, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Northern Illinois University Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563
    Each session contains essential information, ranging from improving platform skills to marketing and running your business. Participants will get the tools they need to succeed as professional speakers.

    All sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Room 164 at Northern Illinois University Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville.

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    • June 14, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • TBD

    Hosting Big Events with Big Sponsors.

    Ever wanted to produce your own event, but weren't sure how to do it? Join Ramon Ray, author, event host, speaker and entrepreneur as he shares his journey in producing 300+ person events with big name sponsors for the past 13 years.

    Producing an event is a powerful way to build your personal brand, strengthen your credibility and generate sales through sponsorships, ticket sales and products sales.

    Ramon has produced dozens of successful events, and will share his tips, strategies and insights on how to do it right. This session will help you organize a small event, with 10 people, but it's especially ideal for those wishing to produce an event with 100 - 200 or more attendees.

    During Ramon's session you'll learn:

    1. How to approach large companies for sponsorship

    2. Ways to market your event, on a very small budget

    3.  Insights on creating an agenda that attracts attention

    4. The team you need in place to staff a successful event

    5. Why a website is so important for event marketing

    and more.

    About the Presenter: Ramon Ray

    Ramon Ray loves burnt pancakes, bacon and eggs. He is also a four-time entrepreneur, best-selling author, global speaker and event producer. Ramon sold one of the company's he founded, his third book was a best-seller, and he's in the process of writing his fourth book "Celebrity CEO". 

    Ramon is the founder  SmallBizTechnology.com and Smart Hustle Magazine - two leading resources for all things small business startup and growth. Ramon has been invited as an expert witness to the United States Congress, invited by the Office of the President of the United States to speak at the White House on personal branding and produced many events including the "Smart Hustle Small Business Conference", "Small Business Summit", "Small Business Technology Tour", "Small Biz Big Things" and more. Get to know Ramon better at http://www.ramonray.com

    Ramon has shared the stage with Seth Godin, Daymond John, Guy Kawasaki, Simon Sinek, Gary Vaynerchuk. He's interviewed many of the sharks and contestants on Shark Tank and other celebrity entrepreneurs. He's interviewed President Obama in the President's first live Google Hangout, and was part of the US Delegation to India, led by Ivanka Trump for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Although Ramon has interviewed and shared the stage with many celebrity entrepreneurs, his passion and biggest professional accomplishment is interviewing "main street" small business owners and entrepreneurs and sharing their stories. Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant, he has hands-on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. 

    Ramon’s expertise is technology, marketing, sales, business startup and growth and his favorite is personal branding. Over his extensive career, Ramon has written thousands of articles, spoken to thousands of business owners and impacted hundreds of thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs to help their businesses thrive.


    8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration/Networking (Continental Breakfast)
    9:00 - 9:20  am: Opening Remarks & Member Introductions
    9:20 – 11:45 am:  Ramon Ray's Presentation

    12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Ramon Ray's Bonus Session for NSA Illinois Members Only

Find Out More:

Christy Moore, CMP
National Speakers Association Illinois Chapter
P.O. Box 957484, Hoffman Estates, IL  60195-7484
Fax: 847-423-6123

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