May 3rd Meeting

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.

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Past Meeting: April 5th

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).


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.


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, 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.

This monthly meeting runs from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (networking from 8:30 – 9:00) 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.

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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  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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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: Tam lives in Freeport, ME.


Past Meeting: Nov. 2013

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Carolyn Finch, Body Language Expert

Oops! Your Body Language is showingHow to present a congruent and charismatic speech by “tweaking” your non-verbal behaviors”

About the session:
We learned what Body-Language is from a speaker point of view, and why it is important to work as hard on the non-verbal’s of Body posturing, gestures and movements as you do on the speech itself. This includes storytelling, choreography and whole-body performance. This interactive program will lead speakers to get on their feet, shake out the fear and create heart centered programs.
Carolyn Finch

About Carolyn:  She is a Body Language Expert and Speech Coach from Danbury, Connecticut. She is President/ CEO of Electrific Solutions Inc. When the electricity within your body is flowing appropriately and you feel terrific, you are electrific! Carolyn helps Speakers and others understand more about Body Language, Wellness and Leadership. This helps them sell business services and products with more congruence and charisma, thus improving their connections and their bottom line. She presents programs to Associations, Businesses and Colleges and has a background as a Trainer with Dun and Bradstreet Educational Services, Speech Pathology and College teaching in the Theater and Education Departments for several decades. Carolyn is a co-author of Dynamic Health, The Wellness Path and a mini-book: 26 tips for Speaking to 1 or 1,000 which is being re-printed. She is an expert in the personal improvement movie The Keeper of the Keys with Jack Canfield, John Gray and Marci Shimoff. Carolyn is a media personality with her own Blog Talk radio show Nutrition Monday and has been featured in First for Women, Cosmopolitan and a variety of print media magazines and blogs. Carolyn has been on several talk shows including VH1 and The Ellen DeGeneres show. Her book Oops! Your Body Language is Showing will be released shortly.  Carolyn tweaks her speeches through practice with Barnum Square Toastmasters in Bethel, CT and the National Speakers association (NSA).
Carolyn Finch MS SLP

Past Meeting: Oct. 2013


April Heaven-Woodcock, Social Media Speaker

October Speaker:  April Heavens-Woodcock, Social Media Speaker

April was be our key presenter for the October 2013 meeting.  Her presentation was titled, “How to Grow Your Speaking Business using Email and Social Media Marketing.”

About April:  She is the Managing Partner and Buzz coordinator of Touching Clients a Marketing Consulting Firm that specializes in Online branding. She works with small to mid-size companies to implement strategic marketing strategies to help their businesses grow from the inside out. She has been a business partner with Constant Contact since 2006. April is an Authorized Local Expert of Constant Contact who presents regularly on email marketing and social media throughout the New England area.