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Upcoming events

    • November 15, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ZOOM link will be sent in Registration Confirmation

    Experience the power of a Mastermind group with two professional speakers who have lifted each other up, broken each other down, shared successes, and weathered tragedies.  Through it all, they’ve created a high-performance group which changed the course of their businesses and personal lives.

    Take your business and your life to the next level by leveraging an idea that’s been around for over 75 years.  In this session participants will:

    •         Learn a framework to uncover behavior patterns, break through your  "go to"   excuses, and get clarity on what will work.
    •         Practice 10 Mastermind success secrets.
    •         Discuss how to form and run a well-structured Mastermind group. 
    •         Develop a system to ultimately accelerate your success.

    Whether you’re thinking about forming a Mastermind or have been in one for 25 years, this session will have something for you.

    We’ll put the power of the Mastermind to work right in the room.  Have you been stuck on a challenge in your business?  Bring the challenge and have an opportunity to have the collective brainpower in the room get to work on producing a solution.

    After hitting a ceiling in her field, Jessica Pettitt, CSP, formed a meeting of minds with three other professional speakers - Eliz Greene, Gerry O’Brion, CSP, and Thom Singer, CSP, and successfully broke through a stagnant business plan.  Two years later, all four speakers have felt the impact of a process called Gas Pedal Down.  In this webinar, you will meet two of the four and learn how they did it.

      About the Presenters: 

      Jessica Pettitt, CSP

      Jessica Pettitt works with organizations to build welcoming, productive, and innovative teams.  She creates the ability to communicate, listen, learn and take responsibility leading to a welcoming, and dare we say, fun workplace environment. For more than a decade, Jessica has been educating college and university staff members with her unique brand of social justice and diversity education.  Whether she provides a motivational keynote, an in-depth workshop, facilitates group interaction, or frames an entire conference as emcee, Jessica brings humor and creatively engages participants so they walk away focused and confident in their role to make change now.

      Thom Singer, CSP

      Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures.  He is a business growth speaker whose work gets people to build influence, unlock potential, and drive performance. He believes that all opportunities come from people, and when we work together to find “cooperative significance” with others we all discover more success and illuminate their possibilities.

      Singer is the author of twelve books and he speaks regularly at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond. He is also the host of the widely popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast.  On this show he interviews entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and business leaders from a variety of industries.  He encourages his guests to share tips and ideas that can help those with an “entrepreneurial spirit” understand their potential and then go for it. Thom and his wife, Sara, make their home in Austin, Texas and are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

      Follow this link to meet Thom and Jessica!...NSA IL Webinar Intro Video.mp4

      • December 14, 2018
      • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
      • Lewis University, 1111 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL

      Every time you speak an opportunity to book more business presents itself to you. This can be either an encore invitation, an audience inquiry, or a referral to another group. If you aren’t getting at least one new booking at every gig, you might be missing some strategic moves. How solid is your spin ratio?

      In this session, Laurie shares every action she uses to uncover leads and close more work. You will learn:

      •         5 most creative ideas she has tried in the last 21 years
      •         4 easy phrases to help close deals
      •         3 biggest mistakes of her career related to missed opportunities and how you can avoid the same fate
      •         2 things everyone must do to master the matrix
      •         1 takeaway you can’t get if you aren’t in the room for this session

      This program contains all fresh material that Laurie Guest has not presented to any other chapter...you can't afford to miss this fast-paced session...click HERE for more details!

      About the Presenter: Laurie Guest, CSP

      Laurie has been a member of NSA for 20 years and currently serves as the SPEAKER magazine chair. She is a Midwest farmer’s daughter with a fast-paced and slightly sarcastic sense of humor. When on the road she makes her living as a customer service and staff development expert with a splash of motivational humor mixed in.  When off the road she is a wife, mother of two and a below average cook.


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

      12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Laurie Guest's Bonus Session for NSA Illinois Members Only

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

      Grow Your Speaking:

      Want to know how to leverage your platform? Learn how Jeffrey Hayzlett took his books and speaking platform to a new level by influencing the media.

      •  how to book 150+ keynotes/year
      • how we landed a prime-time television show
      • how we leverage every show and every speech to get more events and more speeches
      • how social media accounts for most of our leads and bookings
      • how we use our branding to make sure we are seen in the best positioning

      How we turned a TV show into a Business Network

      That is just some of it--- because the biggest thing we will do- is answer any and all questions you may have about how we do things -- what works and what has failed miserably. So bring your questions, any and all. Ask whatever you want and we will be glad to share. We will show you EVERYTHING--- our marketing samples, our marketing plan, contracts, tweets, social media activation worksheets-----anything and everything.

      We won't have all the answers or the 'right' way to do things. But what we do works for us and we are glad to share how we do it and if there is something you can borrow or learn from, well that is great!

      About the Presenter: Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE

      Primetime TV & Radio Host, Keynote Speaker, Best-­‐Selling Author and Global Business Celebrity

      Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity, a prime time television host on C-Suite TV,   and a radio host on CBS Radio’s Play.it and C-­‐Suite Radio. From small businesses to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-­‐suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-­‐traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books, The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet, and one of the most compelling figures in business today.

      Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-­‐Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.


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

      12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Jeffrey Hayzlett's Bonus Session for NSA Illinois Members Only

      • 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

      • 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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