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    • May 22, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    Our NSA Carolinas Mastermind meets quarterly, virtually, and is for Members Only. Huge VALUE ADD for membership! 

    Attending our NSA Carolinas Mastermind will enable you to connect deeper with other NSA Carolinas members, share ideas, ask questions and get feedback on any issues or challenges you might be facing. 

    Consider this meeting a FREE coaching session amongst other professional speakers; meaning this one meeting already pays for your entire NSA Carolinas membership!

    You'll glean incredible value just hearing from others as we well as the feedback given to them.

    Attend prepared with a question or issue needing some insights OR simply attend and learn from others.  The meeting agenda is who shows up and shares.

    Our vision by offering this Mastermind group is to provide you with yet another unique touchpoint to support your growth, development and success as a speaker.  

    The Mastermind is for members only, virtual and complementary. Each will be facilitated by one of our seasoned Chapter members. 

    • June 14, 2024
    • 5:30 PM
    • June 15, 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • The Durham Hotel 315 E. Chapel Hill St Durham, NC 27701
    • 6

    NSA Carolinas is the premier association for professional speakers throughout the Carolinas! 

    Registration is now LIVE for our upcoming June 14 & 15 annual banquet and chapter program!  Registration rates will increase on May 16, so take advantage of these early-bird registration rates to save $$$!

    You can register for just Friday’s banquet, only Saturday’s program or for BOTH days!  But register quick — we have limited seating capacity and we expect to sell out.

    See our event agenda below to get a Southern taste of what to expect during our special 2-day event:

    • Valda Ford presenting a dynamic keynote Friday evening
    • Jim Cathcart, CPAE and Cavett Award winner presenting a 1/2 day program on Saturday!
    • Rooftop reception
    • Various Chapter Awards
    • 2023-24 Board recognition
    • 2024-25 Board installation and special ceremony
    • all meals included
    • networking, small groups and much more!  

    Do you have a product or service beneficial for speakers?  If so, we have a few limited sponsor opportunities specifically for our upcoming banquet!  If you are looking for a unique and powerful way to showcase your business, promote your service or just want to support our NSA Carolinas chapter further, become a sponsor of the NSA Carolinas Awards Banquet and Chapter Program.  Click here to download sponsorship options.

    The Durham Hotel is hosting our event and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Durham, NC.  Preferred hotel rates can be reserved at The Durham Hotel until Monday, June 3, 2024.  Rates increase on June 4th.  CLICK HERE to secure your reservation, enter your stay dates between Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2024, select your room type and a confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your reservation, or contact the hotel directly at 919-768-8830 and request a reservation under the NSA Carolinas guestroom block.

    ** Hurry to register because seats are limited and we do expect our event registrations to sell out.  Our special early-bird registration discount through May 16 is designed to help you save $$$.  

    What happens during the Friday evening banquet? 
    We start off with a Welcome Reception on the Rooftop of The Durham Hotel overlooking downtown Durham.  Following the reception we enjoy a fabulous dinner, hear a fabulous keynote from Valda Ford (past NSA Carolinas President and current NSA Board member), recognize our CSP and CPAE members, honor members with chapter awards, celebrate our outgoing Board of Directors, install our NEW Board of Directors and experience an After Party back on the Rooftop.  Friday evening is a special celebration you do not want to miss!

    Click here to hear Valda's special message for our attendees.

    Who is our Saturday program keynote speaker? 
    We are thrilled to hos
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    all of Fame Speaker, Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE who is one of the top 5 most award-winning speakers in the world. His Top 1% TEDx video has over 2.6 million views and his 25 books are translated into multiple languages including 3 International bestsellers. He is past National President of the National Speakers Association, received.  NSA's most cherished award (The Cavett Award), and received Toastmasters International's most prestigious award, The Golden Gavel Award.

    Who is this event for?  The NSA Carolinas banquet and program is for anyone serious about the business and craft of professional speaking.  Even if you are just exploring the speaking profession, have recently launched into speaking or have seasoned full-time experience like many of us, everyone will find incredible value in both content and community.  What all attendees will have in common is that we want to become better speakers and continually learn and share how to build our speaking businesses! 

    Are guests welcome? Yes! You are welcome to bring a +1 to Friday’s event (just get tickets before they sell out!), and you can bring guests to Saturday’s event as well, but note that our members receive a discount. 

    Below is an overview of our program agenda:

    Friday, June 14

    • 5:30 pm    Reception on the Rooftop!
    • 6:30 pm    Welcome & Opening Remarks  
    • 6:45 pm    Dinner
    • 7:15 pm    Keynote Address by Valda Ford, NSA Board Member / Past President
    • 7:45 pm    NSA Carolinas Year in Review
    • 8:10 pm    Special ‘Storytelling’ Presentation
    • 8:15 pm    Chapter Awards
    • 8:30 pm    New NSA Carolinas Board Installation
    • 8:45 pm    Rooftop After Party

    Saturday, June 15

    • 8:00 am    Volunteer Interest Session with NSA Carolinas (Breakfast session)
    • 8:30 am    General Breakfast & Morning Networking
    • 9:00 am    Remarks from new NSA Carolinas President, Larry Long Jr.
    • 9:20 am    Keynote address from Jim Cathcart, CSP/CPAE "How to Become a Leading Authority in the Speaking Profession!”
    • 10:15 am  Break
    • 10:30 pm  Jim Cathcart Part II
    • 11:45 am  Break /  Lunch 
    • 12:30 pm  Special ‘Legends’ Panel with CSP and CPAE members
    • 1:15 pm    NSA Carolinas 'Success Stories' & TEDx speaker panel 
    • 1:45 pm    Announcements & Close
    • 2:30 pm    Social @ The Oak winery and brewery

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Do you have a service or product that would be beneficial for speakers, coaches and consultants to know about?  If so, consider sponsorship for our annual banquet event and program!  We offer 3 different sponsorship tiers and you can explore those offerings by clicking here! 

    For information on customizing a conference sponsorship, please reach out to Mike Mooney, Past President of NSA Carolinas at

    Are Meals Provided?  Absolutely, all meals will be covered in your registration.  This includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch. You’ll experience a wide selection of cuisine representing Durham and the Carolinas!  Upon registration you’ll be able to select meal options for Friday.  Saturday breakfast will provide a wide buffet assortment and Saturday lunch will be a gourmet salad bar option!

    Early-Bird Registration Options through May 15 for 2024 Banquet/Program

    • Friday & Saturday FULL event (Member) - $175
    • Friday & Saturday FULL event (Non-Member) - $205
    • Friday Only (Member) - $65
    • Friday Only (Non-Member) $95
    • Friday Only (Guest Ticket) - $65
    • Saturday Only (Member) - $115
    • Saturday Only (Non-Member) $155

    NSA Carolinas aligns with the National Speakers Association policies for Code of Ethics, Civility and Professional Conduct.  By registering for any of our events you are also agreeing to adhere to these national standards to uphold the highest standards of professionalism! 

    If you have questions or any special needs or accommodations that we can support you with, please let us know!  We look forward to seeing everyone on June 14 and 15th!




        • August 03, 2024
        • August 06, 2024
        • Gaylord Rockies in Denver, CO

        Influence 2024 is a can't-miss opportunity to learn from the best speakers in the industry, while being surrounded by professional speaking peers to help you learn and take your businesses to the next level. 

        ... and as you are registering for any NSA National event, please be sure to acknowledge NSA Carolinas as your primary chapter

        If NSA Carolinas is not your primary chapter, please update your "MyNSA" portal to ensure you are affiliated with us!  Here's a helpful tutorial screenshot to show you how easy it is to affiliate with NSA Carolinas.

        Why is acknowledging NSA Carolinas important on your event registration for any national event? 

        Because NSA Carolinas earns a small rebate from NSA National that helps our Chapter continue to provide dynamic programming, community-building experiences, and business-accelerating resources.  NSA National appreciates our chapter support for their events!

        The last three NSA conferences all sold out, so be sure to register soon!

        Keep checking and our NSA Facebook page for the most up-to-date information and we hope to be able to see you all there!

      Past events

      May 10, 2024 Panel interview with Ryan Vet (Million Dollar Speakers Group) and Mike Mooney (Certified Speaking Professional)
      April 11, 2024 Joint event with MPI Carolinas, AENC and many others to celebrate GMID (Global Meetings Industry Day)!
      April 05, 2024 New to NSA Carolinas? Join us for a Welcome Webinar!
      March 27, 2024 Recap from THRIVE conference attendees!
      March 16, 2024 NSA Storytelling Contest
      March 08, 2024 THRIVE 2024 (National event)
      March 07, 2024 Q&A with Award-Winning Master Storyteller and Hall of Fame Speaker, Kelly Swanson, CPAE
      February 29, 2024 Local Member Dine Around's (LMDA's)
      February 16, 2024 Day 5 of the Week of Speaker LOVE Event | StorySelling for Speakers | Presented by Bernadette McClelland
      February 15, 2024 Day 4 of the Week of Speaker LOVE Event | Unveiling the Financial Roles: Bookkeeper, Accountant, and CFO | Presented by Carolina Aponte
      February 14, 2024 Day 3 of the Week of Speaker LOVE Event | How to Build a Successful Business as a Speaker, Coach, Author, Trainer, or Consultant Selling to Corporations | Presented by Peter Stark
      February 13, 2024 Day 2 of the Week of Speaker LOVE Event | Tuesday Hall-of-Famer Surprise Presented by Dr. Delatorro McNeal
      February 12, 2024 Day 1 of the Week of Speaker LOVE Event | Transforming Words: The Power of Inclusive Language Excellence for Speakers Presented by Susie Silver
      February 02, 2024 How to Speak on the TEDx Stage (SIG meeting: Specialty Interest Groups)
      January 24, 2024 NSA Carolinas Quarterly Mastermind Session
      January 12, 2024 'FEARLESSLY CLEAR' Goal Setting Retreat
      December 14, 2023 AENC Speaker Showcase (get your complimentary ticket!)
      December 12, 2023 Local Member Dine Around's (LMDA's)
      December 07, 2023 How to Launch your Speaking to Schools, Colleges and Educators! (An NSA Chapter MEGA event involving multiple chapters to support the NSA Foundation!)
      November 20, 2023 Speaker Academy Showcase
      November 11, 2023 SPEAKER INTENSIVE: Sales Mastery & Secrets to Thriving as a Professional Speaker
      November 10, 2023 The ART of Making a Difference – wine, art and special presentation from artist William Mangum!
      October 28, 2023 NSA Carolinas Speaker Academy - Class 2
      October 21, 2023 NSA Carolinas Speaker Academy - Class 1
      October 03, 2023 Specialty Interest Group (SIG) meeting. TOPIC: BOOK PUBLISHING and PROMOTION!
      September 29, 2023 Specialty Interest Group (SIG) meeting. TOPIC: PODCASTING!
      September 23, 2023 The Business of Professional Speaking ... VIRTUALLY
      September 13, 2023 Specialty Interest Group (SIG) meeting. TOPIC: Speaker Demo Video
      September 08, 2023 Specialty Interest Group (SIG) Meeting. TOPIC: How to earn the CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™)
      August 28, 2023 Local Meeting Dine Around's (LMDA's)
      August 12, 2023 Influence 2023 Recap
      August 08, 2023 NSA Carolinas Quarterly Mastermind Session!
      July 15, 2023 NSA National: Influence 2023!
      June 20, 2023 Introducing SIGs, our new Specialty Interest Groups! (Topic: Speaking on the TEDx Stage)
      June 09, 2023 2023 NSA Carolinas Awards Banquet and Program!
      May 24, 2023 Introducing SIGs, our new Specialty Interest Groups! (Topic: Maximizing LinkedIn)
      May 09, 2023 Join NSA Carolinas for its first ever Mastermind Group!
      April 29, 2023 Mastering the Art of Legacy Building For Your Speaking and Training Expertise: Innovative Business Models For Success
      April 04, 2023 April Local Member Dine Arounds + Masterminds (LMDA+MM)
      March 28, 2023 NSA Carolinas Q1 Recap & Key Learnings Discussion: NSA Winter Workshop / Week of Speaker Love / Nate Woodbury YouTube
      March 03, 2023 NSA National: THRIVE 2023 WINTER WORKSHOP
      February 28, 2023 MEGA Chapter Event: How to Leverage YouTube for Lead Generation with Nate Woodbury
      February 17, 2023 Week of Speaker Love (Daily Virtual Events During Week of 2/13 @ 12pm-1pm)
      January 28, 2023 Organization & Tools to Drive Productivity in Your Speaker Business + CSP/CPAE Summit Recap + Interactive 2023 Planning Session
      December 13, 2022 Speaker Academy Showcase
      December 06, 2022 Local Member Dine Arounds, Happy Holidays 2022!
      November 05, 2022 Speaker Intensive workshop with Kelly Swanson, newly inducted Hall of Fame speaker!
      October 15, 2022 NSA Carolinas Speaker Academy
      October 13, 2022 Speaker Lab
      September 24, 2022 The Author Buffet & ALL Things Book - Learn the Keys for Taking Your Book from Idea to Shelf! and Leveraging for More Speaking Engagements
      August 13, 2022 NSA Carolinas Workshop | Top takeaways from NSA's INFLUENCE Conference!
      July 09, 2022 NSA Influence
      June 10, 2022 2022 NSA Carolinas 4th Annual Awards Banquet & Chapter Program
      May 10, 2022 How to Get 10,000 Views on Your Next Linkedin Post
      April 09, 2022 How to Build a High Performance Business!
      February 25, 2022 NSA National Winter Workshop
      February 22, 2022 February 2022 Local Member Dine Arounds (LMDA)
      February 15, 2022 Speaker Lab
      February 04, 2022 The Association Insider: How I Booked 80+ Association Engagements in One Year
      December 14, 2021 Holiday Social!
      December 04, 2021 Elevating Your Speaker Reputation
      November 16, 2021 Speaker Lab
      November 06, 2021 Speaker Intensive
      October 29, 2021 Speaker Academy 2021
      October 02, 2021 Pink Goldfish: Amplify Differentiation to Stand Out as a Speaker
      September 21, 2021 Speaker Lab
      September 11, 2021 NSA Carolinas Monthly Workshop
      August 14, 2021 NSA Carolinas Workshop | Top takeaways from NSA's INFLUENCE Conference!
      May 15, 2021 Embrace the Change: 15+ Sticky Strategies that Engage Today's Diverse Audience
      April 10, 2021 Virtual Studio Showcase!
      March 13, 2021 "The Business of Doing Business"
      February 16, 2021 NSA Carolinas Speaker Showcase
      January 09, 2021 Virtual Program with Anton Gunn
      December 17, 2020 Lets Celebrate our Perseverance!
      November 07, 2020 Chapter Program - Speaker Intensive: Lois Creamer
      October 17, 2020 Virtual Chapter Program - Cecilia Gorman
      September 19, 2020 Virtual Chapter Program - Amy Harrill
      September 12, 2020 NSA Carolinas Speakers Academy
      June 19, 2020 Chapter Program: Amy Climer & Wally Adamchik
      May 28, 2020 Webinar: Designing Dynamic Slides with Chris Cook
      April 03, 2020 Chapter Program: Crystal Washington
      March 18, 2020 Webinar: Barbara Rozgonyi, Piggybacking PR
      February 25, 2020 Webinar: Nate Woodbury, YouTube
      February 01, 2020 Chapter Program: Karen McCullough
      January 29, 2020 Webinar: Julian Mather, Get Video Smart
      December 11, 2019 Webinar: David Newman
      November 01, 2019 Speaker Intensive 2019
      October 01, 2019 Fall 2019 Local Member Dine-Around
      September 07, 2019 Chapter Program - Steve Lowell
      June 28, 2019 Chapter meeting June 28 to 29
      May 06, 2019 Local Member Dine Around Spring Edition
      April 30, 2019 NSA Carolinas Video Lab
      March 09, 2019 Chapter Meeting March 9 2019
      February 02, 2019 Chapter Meeting Feb 2 2019
      December 10, 2018 Local Member Dine-Around Holiday Edition Dec/Jan
      November 02, 2018 Speaker Intensive 2018
      October 03, 2018 Writing Workshop: Learning Lab Oct 3 2018
      August 20, 2018 August Local Member Dine-Around
      August 01, 2018 Chapter Meeting Sept 8 2018
      June 22, 2018 Chapter Meeting June 22 & 23 2018
      April 14, 2018 Chapter Meeting April 14th 2018
      February 24, 2018 Raleigh Power Session
      January 20, 2018 Chapter Meeting Jan 20th 2018
      November 10, 2017 2017 Speakers School
      October 16, 2017 Video Lab
      September 09, 2017 Chapter Meeting Sep 9th
      September 08, 2017 Chapter Meeting 9/9/17 Recording For Sale
      June 10, 2017 Chapter Meeting June 10th
      April 08, 2017 Chapter Meeting April 8th

      Accommodations Statement
      If you have any dietary needs or disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in any NSA Carolinas chapter event, please email your needs to a minimum of five (5) business days in advance of the event for arrangements to be made. Thank you!

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