How Kerry Boenisch Turned Wine and Writing into a Speaking Career

Kerry Boenisch grew up tying Pinot Noir grape vines with one hand and writing stories with the other. Raised on one of Oregon’s first commercial vineyards in the Red Hills of Dundee, she spent her childhood learning the ins and outs of the winery business. Read on to learn how she leveraged this knowledge about wine and writing to become one of the most engagingly authentic (and entertaining) marketing consultants and business speakers in the region.

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Kerry McDaniel Boenisch
Kerry Boenisch is a wine journalist and author of several marketing and personal development books including the upcoming “American Pinot Noir in Paris” – Creating an Entrepreneurial Life and Perfecting the Art of the Sale.” She is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and current President- Elect of the Oregon chapter. Kerry is a keynote speaker, author and trainer helping busy professionals learn transformational branding, sales and marketing strategies. Organizations hire Kerry for inspiring keynotes, training programs and event entertainment.

Jan Carothers Delivers Results Through Presentations, Coaching, Facilitation and More!

In an increasingly competitive economy, businesses that stay on the cutting edge succeed. Those that get behind the curve, by contrast, flounder. To thrive in today’s climate, leaders must make the most of their resources – especially their people – all their people!

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A 25-year professional member of National Speakers Association, Jan is a founder and past president of National Speakers Association-Oregon, twice honored as Member of the Year. She created and led the chapter’s Speakers Academy. As a speaking coach, she assists and guides leaders and teams in creating winning results through their high-stakes interviews, speeches, and presentations.

Kindness Catalyst Linda Cohen Can Boost Your Business Productivity

Being kind and generous benefits society at large. But can it also increase a business’s productivity and even its bottom line? The answer is, perhaps surprisingly, yes, and Kindness Catalyst Linda Cohen can show you how.

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Linda Cohen is a professional speaker, presentation coach and the author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life. Linda presents to organizations and businesses on the Economy of Kindness. She is the President Elect for the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Why Speakers Aren’t Supposed to Talk About Price

How much do you charge? As a professional speaker you’ve undoubtedly been asked this question by potential clients, new speakers, and even wondered if you should answer it yourself when giving examples to colleagues. In the National Speakers Association (NSA), we’re not supposed to talk about price. It gets complicated because some chapters are stricter about this than others, maybe we feel more comfortable around close groups of friends, or sometimes we want to teach other speakers and it would be helpful to explain our experiences with price. I think the question is too broad for a simple yes or no, so let’s deepen our understanding of why we aren’t supposed to talk about price.

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Jake French is the author of Life Happens: Live It!. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and past president of the Oregon Chapter. Jake is a full-time keynote speaker and is the very definition of inspiration, teaching what fuels it and the strategies you can use to leverage it. Jake’s personal story of a life-altering injury and how he now rocks the stage teaching groups about inspiration is amazing.

Life Happens! Let Jake French Tell You About It

Consumers have more choices and greater access to information than ever. That means maintaining high patient satisfaction scores is crucial. Beyond giving excellent care, healthcare providers must create a top-notch patient experience. After all, healthcare is a people business. Jake French understands this from both sides. Having experienced adversity in his own life, he knows the importance of having a compassionate healthcare team. French uses his experience as a model for others. His programs give healthcare providers the motivation and strategies to achieve high patient satisfaction scores.

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Jake French is the author of Life Happens: Live It!. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and past president of the Oregon Chapter. Jake is a full-time keynote speaker and is the very definition of inspiration, teaching what fuels it and the strategies you can use to leverage it. Jake’s personal story of a life-altering injury and how he now rocks the stage teaching groups about inspiration is amazing.

Should I Speak for Free?

One of the toughest questions both aspiring and experienced professional speakers have to grapple with is whether or not to speak for free. Although opinions vary widely on this decision, I believe the short answer to this question is YES!

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Jake French is the author of Life Happens: Live It!. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and past president of the Oregon Chapter. Jake is a full-time keynote speaker and is the very definition of inspiration, teaching what fuels it and the strategies you can use to leverage it. Jake’s personal story of a life-altering injury and how he now rocks the stage teaching groups about inspiration is amazing.

Motivational Speaker Ron Black Helps Leadership and Sales Pros Tap Into Their Inner Superhero

What do superheroes and effective leaders have in common? Both tap into their unique powers and the powers of others to achieve success. Every sales and management professional has superpowers buried within. Great leadership requires finding those powers in oneself and others. Motivational speaker Ron Black brings out the superhero in his audiences.

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As the founder of several companies, a four-time turnaround executive, a Fortune 500 marketing VP, and a business advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives, Ron Black delivers ideas that enlighten, tools that energize, and skills that transform intentions into meaningful achievement.

NSA in Central Oregon Oct 16

Calling all speakers and aspiring speakers in Central Oregon!

The Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association will be in Bend on October 16th.

Meet NSA Oregon president Kevin McCarthy, marketing speaker Kyle Sexton, and featured keynote speaker Bethanne Kronick.

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Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry, including being the industry’s foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. Kyle’s innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership – New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations.

KINDNESS: A Catalyst that Connects

NSA Oregon is pleased to share with you this article by our own Linda Cohen. She was featured in the December issue of Speaker Magazine. Linda is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and serves on the board of directors for NSA Oregon.

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Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry, including being the industry’s foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. Kyle’s innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership – New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations.

Can You Find Your Brand Values on Your Bookshelf?

As a speaker, you make your audience feel something — about themselves, their world, or you. And how they feel about you is what marketing experts refer to as your brand.

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Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry, including being the industry’s foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. Kyle’s innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership – New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations.

After You Niche Your Speaking Business

What happens after you find and dig into a niche for your speaking business?

I’ve made a short list for you. And these aren’t from Google. This is what happened in my businesses after changing my target from “business organizations” to “proximity-based trade association executives who are changing their pricing model.” I know, it’s a mouthful.

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Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the chamber of commerce industry, including being the industry’s foremost authority on membership tiers, and guides organizations through the transition from a traditional dues method to value-based tiers. Kyle’s innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is the author of Follow You Anywhere and ReMembership – New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations.

2 ½ Highlights from the Signal Conference

By:  Jake French

“They say I’m lazy, but it takes all my time.” In a hit song, Joe Walsh described the downward direction my marketing has taken, and I’m worried you might get lured into this seductively easy trap too. Our world only notices what is different, and after attending the Signal Conference put on by the National Speakers Association of Oregon, I will be twice as effective at using communication to advance my message and promote my brand. Read more

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

3 Biz Lessons from NSA’s Last Conference

A couple days ago I was on a conference call for chapter presidents that was hosted by NSA’s national president, Ron Karr. The very cool thing is that he shared some business lessons I thought I’d pass along to you.

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National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

The Speaker Business Red Zone

By:  Sean Harry, DMIN, MDIV, MIM

Hey Speakers! Imagine yourself in this scenario: first and goal on the 10 yard line with five minutes left in the game. A touchdown will seal your victory. Now is the time to give everything you’ve got and finish strong.

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National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Sharing the Stage with A Champion

Submitted by Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP

The best-kept secret in the speaking profession is all the greatest in our business have a coach.  The role of a coach is someone who will help you before, during and after your talk to improve and refine its content.  When being coached you must be open to candid and honest feedback about your content, presentation style and stage presence.  Oregon NSA was proud to host the 1999 International Toastmaster of the year, Darren LaCroix. 

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National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Three “must-do” takeaways from content marketing

Whether you’re a new speaker or you’re a pro with a long track record, continuing to build your audience and establish your credibility is a never-ending effort.

Being my first-ever NSA meeting, I didn’t know what to expect. I was able to sit at two of the four expert sessions, but I left wishing I could have participated in all four. What follows are three ideas that any speaker would do well to heed.

The first expert session was Joshua Waldman’s (www.careerenlightenment.com) talk about maintaining an editorial calendar for your blog. Read more

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Want More Loyal Customers? Help People Trust You!

Submitted by Dr. Sean Harry

In this challenging economy it is tempting to slash prices or cut corners just to get the business. Do not (I repeat — DO NOT) go there! It’s a race to the lowest price where nobody wins. Instead, focus on the most important aspect of any business — trusting relationships! Here are 3 quick ways to build trust with another person: Read more

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Ann-Louise Sterry Host Storytelling Speaker Lab

Submitted by Ann-Louise Sterry

Don’t miss tonight’s speaker lab about storytelling.

I have been telling stories for 20 years and I am still enchanted by story. As your host for tonight, I welcome you and look forward to being ‘ears’ for your story, no matter how many times you have told it before -never or hundreds!

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Marvelous Meet the Pros!

From Ann-Louise Sterry

Meet the Pro’s – what a marvelous night. We had 5 excellent speakers at our event to help us grow in our businesses. I gained at least one take away from each of speakers. Came  home refreshed and ready try new strategies.

Sticky sticky sticky -now I am going to be sticky courtsey of Cathey Armillas.

“My brand – is my promise. It is about what helps my clients.” This from Dr. Sean Henry.

“Get a definite yes get a definite no or have a definite plan”  Thank you Jerry Fletcher.

“You can do it, get your book into the digital world” OK Karen Landey, I will!

We live in the age of visibility. You CAN be more visible and you don’t have to know everything yourself.Joanne McCall called my nerves with that statement.

Thank you all for sharing your time and knowledge!

National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.

Glenna Salsbury Helps NSA Oregon Celebrate Cavette Roberts Day

For the celebration of  Spirit of Cavett Day, the Oregon Chapter of NSA was honored to have Glenna Salsbury as our speaker.

Glenna brought to us the message of authenticity and connection with ourselves and our audiences. She WAS authenticity and connection,in person. Glenna shared stories of Cavett Roberts and his love of people, particularly his love of encouraging everyone he met. She WAS encouragement and love, in person.

She talked of the embracing our vulnerability, ‘sharing’ rather than ‘speaking’, being who you are and sharing from YOUR truth. Glenna embodied all of this for us.
And…gave us practical strategies and tips for “…making a difference from the platform”

I feel like she was gift to me personally, saying the words I needed to hear!

If you were there, what are your thoughts?

You can find Glenna at her web site: www.glennasalsbury.com She is worth finding.

Anne Louise Sterry (a.k.a. Aunt Lena)

www.anne-louise.com

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National Speakers Association-Oregon is a professional membership association of professional speakers whose expertise covers a broad range of topics, skills, knowledge and experience, and an affiliated chapter of the 4,000 member National Speakers Association – the recognized voice of the speaking profession that sets the benchmark for platform excellence worldwide.