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Upcoming events

    • September 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 19, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Roosevelt University, 425 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois
    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. at Roosevelt University, Wabash Building - Room WB 1015 , 425 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

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    • October 11, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Lewis University, 1111 W. 22nd Street, 7th Floor, Oak Brook


    (How to Protect Your Intellectual Property)

    Presented by

    Russ Riddle

    As a business owner, your most valuable asset aside from people is your intellectual property. This session saddles you up to better protect, manage and fatten that cash cow.

    Valuable Takeaways:

    • Distinguish between the intellectual property types

    • Ensure ownership from the outset (employees vs. contractors)

    • Ace copyrights and avoid copy-wrongs

    • Master the trademark DOs and DONʼTs

    • Preserve, Protect & Defend — Police your I.P.

    • Stop rustling others’ cash cows

    • Avoid “public domain” land mines

    • Capitalize and comply with licensing opportunities

      About the Presenter: Russ Riddle

      What do Barney® the purple dinosaur, Thomas the Tank Engine® and YOU have in common? All have been served (or are about to be) by Russ Riddle!

      Having practiced marriage for 36 years, law for 28, fatherhood for 27, and braved adventures as a juvenile probation officer, newspaper columnist and professional speaker, Russ is convinced that we must never stop learning and laughing.

      His love of levity stems in part from an intellectual property law practice that has served such clients as Barney®, Bob the Builder®, Thomas the Tank Engine®, the voices of Jimmy Neutron® and Larry the Cucumber®, as well as many NSA characters throughout the country.

      Russ currently serves on the National Speakers Association’s Board of Directors and is chair of the editorial committee for SPEAKER Magazine. He’s the author of two books: Lawyer Up – The Smart Way and Persuasive vs. Abrasive – The judges have ruled, as well as the intellectual property manual Corral Your Cash Cow.


      8:30 am: Registration/Networking 
      9:00 - 9:30 am: Welcome, Member Introductions, Russ Riddle Introduction
      9:30 am - 11:45 am:  Russ Riddle's Presentation
      12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:  Deeper Dive with Russ Riddle for NSA IL Members Only

      • November 09, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Guaranteed Rate Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox

      SPEAK UP


      STAND OUT !

      How to Gain Influence, Make Money, and Live the Life You Want Through Speaking

      Presented by NSA Illinois

      Saturday, November 9th 

       9:00 am - 2:00 pm

      The Conference and Learning Center at Guaranteed Rate Field,

      Home of the Chicago White Sox

      If you want to grow your income by speaking well or speaking for a living,this conference is for you!  The podium is the new business card, and those who learn how to speak well – from the platform, the boardroom, the lunchroom, or the podcast booth -- can turn their knowledge and passion into a profession that pays! Learn from some of the best professional full-time speakers in the Midwest in this exciting one-day seminar.


      • Sales and Marketing Professionals who want to improve their ability to communicate in front of an audience
      • CEO’s and Senior Executives who want to learn to influence others more positively
      • Trainers and Professional Communicators who want to grow their career or their business more quickly
      • Social Media Influencers who want to leverage the power of speaking to reach their goals
      • Members of Toastmasters or other local speaking organizations whose “inner entrepreneur” is calling them to speak as a profession
      • Authors and Soon-to-Be Authors who want to learn how to apply speaking to their business model for greater financial rewards
      • Current and Emerging Professional Speakers looking to improve their craft


      • Rob Biesenbach
      • Sima Dahl
      • Rick Davis
      • Lynne Franklin
      • Bill Guertin
      • Catherine Johns
      • Amy Segami


      You’ll receive maximum return on investment with these specific topics:

      • WAYS TO SPEAK FOR A LIVING - The many facets of the speaking profession, and the categories/opportunities available to you
      • CREATING YOUR CONTENT -  How to build a core message that resonates with your target audience and brings value to their lives
      • PLATFORM SKILLS - The fundamentals of presence and professionalism on the stage when delivering your important message
      • STORYTELLING - The art and science of delivering your own unique experiences within your message to separate you from everyone else
      • MARKETING - Becoming known for what you know, and being able to demonstrate value in helping others get where THEY want to go
      • PRICING - How much should I charge for my speech? Examining different speaker pricing models and weighing the advantages of each
      • HOW TO DO A “TED” TALK - Is it right for you? How to go about becoming a speaker on the world-famous TED stage, either locally, nationally or internationally
      • YOUR ACTION PLAN FOR SUCCESS - Specific, measurable plans for moving forward


      NON MEMBER Early Bird Attendee (thru Oct. 18th) ……………. $179

      NON MEMBER Attendee Investment (10/19 thru 11/8) ………... $229

      NON MEMBER Walk-In Investment on 11/9 …………………….... $259

      (subject to availability)

      NSA-IL Members and 2019 Speakers Academy Graduates .............$99

      Speak Up and Stand Out flyer 

    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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