September 6th Meeting

Welcome to the website for the Hartford Springfield Speakers Network, a network of “shakers and movers” who are speakers, marketers, authors, small business owners, coaches, and entrepreneurs. We meet on the first Saturday of each month (except for July) at the Enfield/Longmeadow Holiday Inn in Enfield, CT. The cost to attend is $30 per person, which includes coffee and snacks. Below you will learn details about this month’s key speaker. Each of our meetings features a 45-minute key presenter, networking opportunities and a mastermind group, plus much more. Networking begins at 8:30 AM and the meeting kicks off at 9 AM. The meeting then adjourns at noon. More details can be found on our FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. Click the REGISTER NOW link below to tell us you’ll be attending.

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ABOUT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING’S KEY SPEAKER

“FILL THE ROOM!”
HOW TO SET UP, MARKET, AND CONDUCT YOUR NEXT POWERFUL WORKSHOP”

LizCTCTlogosLiz Provo, Authorized Local Expert, Constant Contact

This presentation will provide a deeper look into the place that events hold as a marketing tool to promote your public speaking. Whether your event is a workshop, seminar or weekend retreat, we’ll provide some best practices around promoting your event and go in-depth into successful online registration for all your events.  Holding your own events builds a repertoire of ready and practiced topics, AND builds your mailing list (and testimonials) along the way.
When you run an event, you want to make sure that you leave ample time for the promotional activities that will drive your registrations, and you want to create and provide an optimal online registration experience. If you have run events or are considering running events, and you’d like to build on your knowledge of these two important elements of running a successful event, this session is for you.
Attendees will learn:
  • Types of events, goals for events, a quick note on charging or not and events as part of the Engagement Marketing cycle  
  • Promoting the event (with a sample promotional schedule and activities)
  • Making the most of an online registration tool, with best practices focused on what information to ask for on registration form, social proof, payment options, etc.
  • Post-event actions, including review of stats and social activity and sending out a survey
Please note: this session will not be addressing best practices around event planning topics like venue selection, planning event entertainment or dining options, etc. It is focused primarily on helping you promote your event and streamline the online registration process.

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Get more details at http://www.meetup.com/Hartford-Springfield-Speakers-Network/events/132005832/

Past Meeting: August 2014

“TOP SECRETS for Leading Most Effectively, Attracting Customers 
Naturally Multiplying Revenues Strategically & Enjoying Life Amazingly”

forgayRick Forgay, President and CEO of Business Leadership Mastery™ will share the rarely shared secrets every business owner and entrepreneur should know in order to lead, clarify and communicate your business offerings with confidence; position your company in the Top 1% of your chosen industry; attract and create loyal customers and multiply your revenues with more energy and greater life balance than ever imagined.

All information presented in this session is designed to be directly immediately applied to your specific business at little or no expense for maximum results.  This Presentation Is Content-Rich, Highly Interactive & Instantly Applicable, Including:

 Applying The Formula For Success In Business and Life.
 Clarifying, Specializing and Communicating Your True Brand Identity.
 Attracting Ideal Customers and Producing More Sales As A Natural Process.
 Understanding The 5 P’s Of A Results-Driven Strategic Business Plan.
 Generating Extraordinary Results With More Energy and Greater Life Balance.
“Everyone who owns a solo or large business will benefit from these rare insights.”

“For Executives & Entrepreneurs Who Want To Lead Highly Profitable
Companies, Build Customer Loyalty and Expand Powerful Networks.”

book_al2Authentic Leadership. For over three decades, Rick helped major
corporations achieve all-time high sales, build customer loyalty and generate multi-million dollar revenues as an internationally recognized Circulation and Marketing Executive in the Newspaper / Multi-Media Industry; including a Fortune 150 Corporation, Fortune 500 and privately owned companies.

His passion for “Giving Back” as a business and civic leader also produced multi-million dollar advancements in Government, Community Planning, Industrial Development, Parks & Recreation, the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet Program and Chambers of Commerce. Rick also served as Chairman of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation Board and is Chairman Emeritus of Western Massachusetts SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business.

Simply Effective. Rick simplifies complex real-world leadership challenges and book_wowopportunities with a process that transcends industries, empowers teams and achieves profitable solutions.  This one-of-a-kind BLM Process saves valuable time, energy and resources, while increasing  productivity, revenues, customer satisfaction and unifying goal achievement company-wide.

Clients benefit from Rick’s innovative and engaging process fine-tuned over decades of diverse physically challenging and results demanding disciplines mastered as a Firefighter; FAA Pilot; Martial Artist; Magician; Certified Yoga Teacher, Executive and Entrepreneur. Rick’s co-authored books include: Applied Leadership: Putting Theory Into
Practice; Bushido Business: The Fine Art Of Professional Leadership with Brian Tracy,
Tom Hopkins and Stephen M. R. Covey. His newest book: Words of Wisdom: Experts Share
Strategies For Mastering Life and Business Relationships is with Dr. John Gray & Brian Tracy.

Guaranteed Results. Business Leadership Mastery™ works with Client’s real-world Leadership, Business and Team challenges to produce desired results and achieve their most challenging goals.

 

Past Meeting: July 2014

Welcome to the website for the Hartford Springfield Speakers Network, a network of “shakers and movers” who are speakers, marketers, authors, small business owners, coaches, and entrepreneurs. We meet on the first Saturday of each month (except for July) at the Enfield/Longmeadow Holiday Inn in Enfield, CT. The cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes coffee. Below you will learn details about this months key speaker. Each of our meetings features a 45-minute key presenter, networking opportunities and a mastermind group, plus much more. Networks begin at 8:30 AM and the meeting kicks off at 9 AM. The meeting then adjourns at noon. More details can be found on our FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. Click the REGISTER NOW link below to tell us you’ll be attending.

Nancy Butler
Nancy Butler

Taking Control of Your Speaking Career – Your Plan for Success

What is success to you and how do you make it happen? To be successful, you first need to determine what success is to you. Is it the amount of money you make, the number of people you help, having the right balance between work and your personal life or, is it something else? Nancy will help you think through what success really is to you. Once you know that, the next step is to put a plan in place to make it happen.

As speakers we need to juggle a lot, including marketing, developing, learning and updating our material, printed collateral, advertising and so much more. Having a business plan in place can mean the difference between a good business and a great one. Nancy will show you how to pull it all together in an organized, easy to follow way to help you bring your speaking business to the next level.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

A single parent with no other source of income and only $2,000 to her name, Nancy built an asset management and financial planning practice from scratch to approx. $200 million and then sold it. A few weeks later she established her national speaking business and became a coach to businesses across the country in a wide variety of industries.

Nancy has been quoted in many local and national publications, including USA Today, Money Magazine, Playboy and The Day and has been a speaker for major corporations such as Pfizer, General Dynamics and Dow Chemical. She has also been a guest on several television and radio shows. Nancy is an award-winning author. Her first book “Above All Else, Success in Life and Business” was published in 2012. Her second book, “A Realtor’s Guide To Greater Success” was published in 2014.  Visit her website http://aboveallelse.org/

 

Past Meeting: June 2014

Liisa ColbyWhat Meeting Planners Look for in Speakers
The Meeting Planner is a key influencer and decision maker in the selection of professional speakers for meetings and events. Understand what makes this person “tick”. How can professional speakers best market themselves to Meeting Professionals? Learn how decisions are made, and how to increase your chances of being selected.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Liisa Colby, CMP is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with 20 years experience in corporate event management, including selection of professional speakers, entertainment and activities for technical conferences and sales achievement trips. She is a past Board member of MPI New England, and was the co-chair of MPI NE’s Educational Institutes 2009 – 2011.
Liisa currently is a full-time sales executive and part-time event planner for The Colt Group. She lives in Waitsfield, Vermont and travels extensively around the Northeast.

Missed the meeting? Play the video below to watch the key presentation.

Join us on LINKEDIN and on our FACEBOOK page.

Get more details at http://www.meetup.com/Hartford-Springfield-Speakers-Network/events/132005832/

Past Meeting: May 2014

Croix Sather 4x6 150dpiHow to Become a Business Champion!
Celebrated author and Tedx Speaker, Croix Sather, will show you  how you can master the one thing – more than any other – that will help you master your speaking business, take back your life, live your passion, and make an impact.   Croix will be the featured speaker at the May meeting.  His 45-minute presentation will surely inspire you.  In it you will learn:

- How to reinvent Your Business, Life & Career
- How to make your Brand Stand Out
- Stop chasing business & become a lead and client magnet
- Create the Secret Mindset of a Champion
- Plus, strategies that Croix uses to run 19 live weekend seminars a year.

The media calls Croix “Marathon Man” because of his astonishing accomplishments. His Croix1audiences call him “Remarkable” because of his inspirational life story. In just two years, Croix went from a non-runner to a 2X World Record Champion. First with a 2,621 mile Run Across America in just 100 days. Then he broke the world record in the world’s toughest race, running solo nonstop 146 miles though Death Valley, CA, the harshest and hottest environment on the planet.

Croix is an internationally celebrated author and inspirational speaker in the field of personal transformation, business strategies, and the psychology of success. Croix has been on the prestigious TEDx stage in NYC and Las Vegas, and is the founder of Business Champion.


Join us on LINKEDIN and on our FACEBOOK page.

Past Meeting: April 2014

MIKE Headshot 3How to Deliver a Top-Notch Power Point Presentation
“Some people say “Oh, no…All those slides mean death by Powerpoint”!!! As a public speaker, I’ve learned (by trial and error) to use PPT as a resource, partner, stimulant, entertainer, engagement tool and much more for my audiences. I look forward to sharing the HOW, WHY, WHEN and WHAT of using slides to SELL the audience and make your presentation one the crowd will never forget! It really is easy!”  Learn more about Mike by reading his blog (click here).

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mike is a well-known keynote speaker at state, regional and national conferences as well as, for training/motivating thousands of WIB, DOL, Youth, School, Academy, Corps, OnMike power pointe Stop, Non-profit and Government staff from all 50 states + Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Guam! He has enjoyed a 20 year career focused on Sales Management, Marketing, Training and Recruiting, with a definitive belief that consistent, enthusiastic Coaching and Leadership Development provides individuals and organizations with the tools needed to reach higher levels of performance. He has historically implemented successful strategies in both his corporate and government experiences and is driven by a passion for helping, sharing and teaching others.

Mike will say “I don’t do speeches”. Instead, he believes in making presentations. He wants to challenge the audience. Make them think. Let them decide the value of his topic and relevance to their life and/or job.  His high energy keynotes provide attendees with the jolt of desire needed for successfully navigating all the potential opportunities at conferences! He always includes humor and audience participation, which ranges from asking questions, inviting people on stage, plus, interactive texting and tweeting!

This monthly meeting runs from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (networking from 8:30 – 9:15) and provides educational, networking and master mindminding opportunities. The location is the Enfield/Springfield Holiday Inn at 1 Bright Meadow Blvd., in Enfield, CT. Anyone interested in the business of professional speaking is welcome to attend and and bring guests. There is a meeting fee of $25 to help pay for the room rental, coffee, snacks and other expenses. Anyone who can provide a service to professional speakers is also welcome. A raffle is held at the conclusion of the meeting so everyone is encouraged to bring a business related item for the raffle table. Individuals are also welcome to bring their products to sell at the meetings.

Past Meeting: Mar. 2014

dougpicStand Out and Be Heard: How to Gain Visibility and Credibility Through The Power of Internet Radio

In this presentation, Doug will share one of the best kept secrets for coaches, speakers and experts who want to gain more credibility and visibility. Learn how to stand out and be heard through the power of producing and hosting your own internet radio show.

Doug will share the top 5 myths about hosting an internet radio show, why just doing a
Image courtesy of sippakorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.netshow isn’t enough, as well as secrets from his signature “launch and leverage system” which helps people to grow their show quickly and have a big impact. For those who are interested in being guests on existing internet talk shows, Doug will share secrets and scripts for how to get booked on shows as well.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Doug Foresta, LICSW is a therapist, coach and radio host. As the producer and host of several internet radio shows, Doug has done over 400 interviews. His shows are heard on Blog Talk Radio, Spreaker, Empower and I-Heart Radio. He has had many opportunities arise as a result of hosting his shows, including

Becoming the head of therapists at talktala.com, a partner of the Huffington Post; being invited to participate in America’s Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center, as well as many speaking opportunities. Doug currently helps coaches, speakers and thought leaders to stand out and be heard through the power of producing and hosting their own internet talk show.

Past Meeting: Feb. 2014

How to be Considered as an On-Air TV Guest Expert:
Ashley and Seth TogetherThis is the topic of the key presentation at February’s meeting.  Get ready for another amazing meeting on February 1st at 8:30 am.  Our key presenters will be Ashley Kohl and Seth Stutman, co-hosts and associate producers of the midday news magazine show, MASS APPEAL, seen on the Western Mass. NBC affiliate WWLP (Channel 22).  They will be joined by their producer, Michelle Misiaszek, in a 45-minute presentation that will reveal what talk show hosts and producers look for in on-camera experts for interviews.

If you’ve not seen their show, you can watch past episodes by going to http://www.wwlp.com/massappeal.  It’s Western Mass’ most popular midday magazine show that features news and experts across the Pioneeer and Connecticut valleys.  Tune in week days at 11 a.m. on WWLP, channel 22 for fun, news and current events.

ABOUT ASHLEY KOHL
Ashley Kohl is the co-host and associate producer of WWLP-22News’ NBC weekday morning lifestyle program, “Mass Appeal.” She enjoys booking, writing, shooting, editing, hosting and meeting new people every single day. Ashley has interviewed many influential, entertaining people, including Michael Buble, Star Jones, Nick Lachey, Christina Applegate, Jillian Michaels, Al Roker, Fred Armisen, Paris Hilton, Mariska Hargitay, Clinton Kelly, The Commodore’s, Natalie Morales, Nick Jonas, Christopher Meloni & many, many more!

Ashley is a western Massachusetts native. She was born and raised in South Hadley, and she is a graduate of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Ashley also attended Wagner College studying Arts Administration, and the University of Massachusetts where she majored in Communications.

She has an extensive performance background. While living in New York City, she worked at World of Disney NYC as a character performer & studied at Broadway Dance Center. She continues to teach dance & choreograph at Technique Studio of Dance in South Hadley. Her favorite job in the world is being a mom to her 2 year old daughter, Summer and 11 month old son, Brody.

Bill with the Mass Appeal Crew tagged

ABOUT SETH STUTMAN
Despite being from central Massachusetts, Seth has fallen in love with western Massachusetts. Before his move to Northampton, Seth spent time all over the world.  He taught English in Prague, Czech Republic, produced news in Maine, and worked his way to WWLP with stops in Rhode Island and Boston. In his spare time, Seth cooks, loves to scuba dive, writes sitcoms, and performs improvisational comedy.

Seth is very thankful for the love and support of his lovely wife, Amanda, and his parents. He is delighted to work on such a community-oriented program as “Mass Appeal” since it provides him a perfect outlet to improve the lives of the viewers and positively support the community, in general.

Past Meeting: Jan. 2014

LuzeHow to Conduct a Webinar:  You don’t need to be a webmaster to host a webinar. This January, speaker and trainer Luzelenia Casanova will take all the mystery out of the process by providing step-by-step instructions and a detailed checklist for organizing and hosting your own webinars. She will also share the tips and tricks she uses so that you too can create your own successful webinars.

A webinar is an online event that is hosted by an organization/company and broadcast to a select group of individuals through their computers via the Internet.  (A webinar is sometimes also referred to as a “webcast”, “online event” or “web seminar”.)  It also allows a speaker from the hosting organization/company to share PowerPoint presentations, videos, web pages or other multimedia content with audiences that can be located anywhere.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Luzelenia Casanova is an author, speaker and trainer.  She has conducted advanced technical training for companies such as IBM, Sun Trust Bank and Kaiser Premanente.  Ms. Casanova is an expert in complex software systems such as Argo and People Soft. Her top-notch skills make her a much sought after training professional.

Past Meeting: Dec. 2013

Tam VeilleuxThe ABCs of Speaking with Power:  How to inspire, motivate, entertain or educate your audience using your personal power from the front of the room.

ABOUT THE SESSION:
When the message being delivered requires power, and it’s your job to deliver it- what do you do? You “Anchor & Be Congruent.” The ABCs of Speaking as presented by Tam Veilleux is a 45 minute presentation that provides participants solutions for delivering their topic in a more passionate and powerful state. Learn techniques that align your mind with your message.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:tam on stage
Speaker and trainer Tam Veilleux is passionate about transforming audiences. NLP Certified, she teaches the mind/body connection in relation to results. Raw and authentic, she leads audiences in creating personal and professional change through memorable language and easy to use techniques. For more information please visit: http://www.choosebigchange.com. Tam lives in Freeport, ME.