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SPEAKER INTENSIVE: Sales Mastery & Secrets to Thriving as a Professional Speaker

  • November 11, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Transform GSO, 111 Bain Street, Greensboro, NC, Carolinas Room


  • 50% off Family & Friends rate for registrations between Saturday, November 4, 2023 and Friday, November 10, 2023.
  • Early Bird Member rate for in-person registrations before the end of the day on Friday, November 3, 2023.
  • Non-Member In-Person rate for registrations before the end of the day on Friday, November 3, 2023.
  • Member rate for registrations between Saturday, November 4, 2023 and Friday, November 10, 2023.
  • Member rate for registrations between Saturday, November 4, 2023 and Friday, November 10, 2023.
  • Sponsor registration for Saturday-only registrations.
  • Virtual rate for Saturday-only registrations. Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link least two days prior to the start of this event.

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Join NSA Carolinas in Greensboro, NC for our annual Speaker Intensive Workshop to learn from professional speaking LEGENDS including our own Hall of Fame speakers, Cavett Award winners, past NSA Carolinas Presidents, Certified Speaking Professionals and more!  Attend to hear and glean their secrets for thriving as a professional speaker.

This event is custom tailored for both seasoned speakers and those aspiring and emerging forward on the speaking journey.  We’ve named it Speaker Intensive because it is just that – an intense educational and networking experience providing you with a unique blend of foundational sales mastery techniques and advanced strategies to position yourself ahead in the speaking profession.

Below are just some highlights:

  • Our Speaker Intensive begins on Friday evening with a special event we’ve never done before – it’s an “Evening of Art” hosted at William Mangum Fine Art by NSA Carolinas member and renowned artist William Mangum. Be prepared for an amazing evening of connection w/ peers, wine, conversation amidst the beauty of Bill’s artwork and a special presentation from Bill himself.  (See bottom for Friday evening hotel room block code!)
  • On Saturday, our Speaker Intensive continues at Transform GSO with the legendary Icon of Sales, Ray Leone, CPAE.  Ray is Creator and Founder of the Original Sales Funnel ® and member of the Million Dollar Speaking Group. Ray will be sharing insights into how to convert one (1) speaking engagement into 6-figure retainer engagements!
  • To close our Speaker Intensive, newly inducted Hall of Fame speaker, Jeff Civillico, CPAE, will be joining us from Las Vegas to share ‘Best Practices: Before, During & After Events To Earn More Engagements!”

Speaker Intensive also includes a Power Panel including legends Lenora Billings-Harris (CPAE and Cavett Award Winner), Chuck Gallagher (CSP) and Stan Phelps (CSP).  This dynamite panel will dive in deep around sales mastery and tips to THRIVE as a professional speaker while also taking time to answer your questions. 
Some topics they’re poised to share insights include:

    • How Best to Pitch Your Services
    • Positioning & Branding
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Effective Networking
    • 3rd Party Proof: Testimonials & Success Stories
    • Current Landscape of the Professional Speaking Industry
    •  … and more!

    During Speaker Intensive you will be provided ample time to connect and network with other NSA Carolinas members and professional speaker colleagues.  We will also be hosting an Implementation Session Breakout for you to develop an action plan based upon the amazing gems and knowledge gained from our decorated professional speaker veterans and experts….you DO NOT want to miss out!

    Who Should Attend?

    • Professional speakers looking to increase sales and elevate their business
    • Emerging speakers aiming to learn and carve a niche for themselves
    • Speaker agencies and bureaus looking to enhance their talent pool
    • Corporate trainers, educators & executives wishing to expand into the professional speaking industry

      Saturday Overview

      • 8:30 am:  Registration, light breakfast and networking

      • 9:05 am:  Welcome & announcements!

      • 9:15 am:  Program overview & intro

      • 9:30 am:  Keynote by Ray Leone, CPAE: “Converting 1 Speech Into 6-Figure Retainers!”

      • 10:30 am:  Networking Break

      • 10:45 am:  Power Panel Discussion: Ray Leone, Lenora Billings-Harris, Chuck Gallagher, Stan Phelps

      • 11:45 am:  Facilitated Breakouts / Implementation Session

      • 12:15 pm:  Catered Lunch & Speaker Academy Graduation Ceremony

      • 1:00 pm:  Keynote from Jeff Civillico, CPAE: “Best Practices: Before, During & After Events To Earn More Engagements!”

      • 1:50 pm:  Program Close

      • 2:00 pm:  Networking

      • 2:30 pm:  Special Speaker Academy Mastermind

      ** VENUE SPONSOR Special thank you to Legacy Scaler and Jasmin Haley for sponsoring our venue location at Transform GSO.  Please visit

      About Our Presenters

      Ray Leone, CPAE, is past President of NSA Carolinas and Creator of the original Sales Funnel®, Whole Brain Selling® and Logical Leadership which is now taught in 50 countries. He’s also the author of:

      Success Secrets of The Sales Funnel
      Ten Secrets of Marketing Success Anthology
      Sales Minutes for Sales Masters

      Ray has helped clients sell over $50 billion in new sales. He’s an award winning behavioral analyst with TTI and Wiley, Chairman’s Club member of TTI, cited by Selling Power as an Icon of Sales, host of “Winning The Game of Life” radio show, member of National Speakers Association Million Dollar Speakers Group, 2022 Inductee into the Virtual Speakers Hall of Fame!  And of special interests to us is that Ray’s services were auctioned off during last year’s NSA convention and 4 people each donated $10,000 to the Cigar Peg charity to spend a day with Ray -- you get to experience and learn from Ray for the price of registration!

      To learn more about Ray:

      Jeff Civillico, CPAE, is a 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee! He’s also a Las Vegas headliner, top Event Emcee, keynote speaker and philanthropist. In Jeff’s keynote for NSA Carolinas he’s going to talk about how to book more events, but he’s not going to focus on the sales and marketing strategies and techniques we often hear about— video, social media, newsletters, testimonials, etc. Instead, Jeff is going to focus on how to get more gigs by differentiating yourself and adding massive value AFTER you have a contract in hand— during all 3 phases of the event life cycle— BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your event. Jeff is also the Founder & Chairman of Win Win Charity, a 501c3 national non-profit that brings smiles to children in hospitals by arranging in-person and virtual visits from entertainers, athletes, and celebrities. Win Win Charity is currently operating in more than 20 cities and serving more than 30 children’s hospitals. All performers donate their time for all events.

      To learn more about Jeff:

      Lenora Billings-Harris, CPAE, is also a Cavett Award Winner and esteemed Past NSA National President.  She is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and bias. She has been included as one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award-winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Nido Qubein School of Communication, High Point University, as well as on the adjunct business faculty of two other universities. She has presented to audiences in over 41 countries and six continents, including such places as Dubai, Israel and South Africa and Malaysia.

      To learn more about Lenora:

        Chuck Gallagher, CSP, is an esteemed NSA Carolinas Past President and delivers one of top-rated presentations on business ethics and workplace culture.  You may have seen Chuck on television, or heard him on CNN, CBS or NPR radio programs. Chuck learned a lesson about ethics, choices and consequences the hard way—but now he authentically shares his experience so that others don’t have to. His business insights are sought after for his strong position on ethics and ethical leadership. Chuck’s focus is business—but his passion is empowering others. 

        To learn more about Chuck:

        Stan Phelps, CSP, is NSA Carolinas Past President and a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator focusing on loyalty and business growth. He is looking to shift a business paradigm: Focusing on the customer and their experience, instead of chasing the prospect. He also believes you can’t have happy enthused customers without happy engaged employees. His books about customer experience and employee engagement are called Purple Goldfish 2.0, Green Goldfish 2.0, Golden Goldfish, Blue Goldfish, Red Goldfish, Pink Goldfish, Yellow Goldfish, Gray Goldfish, Diamond Goldfish, Silver Goldfish, and Black Goldfish. They all focus on the little ways to drive differentiation, increase loyalty, and promote positive word of mouth.

        To learn more about Stan:

        Need a hotel room in Greensboro on Friday, November 10?

        The Marriott Greensboro Downtown is offering a special rate for NSA Carolinas members at $179 per night.   Click here to book your NSA Carolinas group rate.  November 3 is final date to book at this special rate!

        ** REMINDER:  If you plan to register just for Friday evening’s “Evening of Art” hosted at William Mangum Fine Art by NSA Carolinas member and renowned artist William Mangum, please visit our Event Calendar here to register.

        Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link least two days prior to the start of this event.

        Refund Policy

        • In-person registrations must be received two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date for full refund.  We get that plans change!  We also have to secure event space, food and other various logistics based on the registration numbers 2 weeks out of any in-person event.  We appreciate you understanding!  If you need to cancel your in-person registration, whether 2 weeks out or within 2 hours of the event, consider transferring your registration to someone else who would certainly appreciate learning from the content we are providing!  Plus, keep in mind we might be recording the event so you can benefit from watching the content afterwards.

        Photography/Video Policy
        NSA Carolinas (NSAC) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at any event sponsored by NASC, without the expressed written permission of those in the photograph or video.

        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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