Influence 2018 - The Premier Event for Professional Speaking

July 14-17, 2018 | Dallas, TX


Cavett Institute | Friday, July 13, 8:00am-5:00pm
(Pre-Conference Event; Separate registration required to attend.)
The Cavett Institute is an intensive one-day learning seminar focused on helping aspiring speakers ramp up their business. This top-rated event is centered around NSA's four competencies: Expertise, Eloquence, Enterprise and Ethics. Whether you're just starting out or have been a professional speaker for a few years, you'll have new tools for mastering your brilliance, sharing that brilliance in front of an audience, getting paid for your brilliance and shining that brilliance with integrity. More details coming soon!

    Eloquence (Speak for Yourself with Power) Karen Cortell Reisman, MS
    Enterprise (3 Ways to Get Booked and Get Paid) Laurie Guest, CSP
    Ethics (The Ethical Speaker) Magarita Gurri PhD, CSP
    Expertise (Result$: The Name of the Game) Jeff Blackman, JD, CSP, CPAE


By June 30: Academy Member: $125 | Non-Academy Member: $225

International Speaking Day | Friday, July 13, 2:00pm-5:00pm
(Pre-Conference Event; Separate registration required to attend.)
Global Inclusion: Impacting the World as an International Speaker
Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP and Helen Turnbull, PhD, CSP
Want to speak internationally more often and have a stronger impact? Engage with speakers from around the world to identify common blind spots and skill gaps in working with global audiences.

This session is designed for current and aspiring international speakers, and it is appropriate for both speakers inside and outside the United States. Join us for a conversation across borders to learn cultural nuances, as well as Do's and Don'ts when speaking internationally.

By July 1: $85 | After July 2: $95
Must be registered for Influence 2018 to attend.

Friday Night Cocktails & Comedy | Friday, July 13, 7:00pm-9:00pm
(Included with Influence registration)

Arriving early? Join us Friday night for cocktails & comedy!

    Speaking Without a Script with Andrew Tarvin & Friends
    Andrew Tarvin and select NSA performers will wow and amuse you with completely improvised talks in various speaker formats.
    Live the Laughter – A Comedy Hypnosis Show
    Wayne Lee will engage and delight attendees with a highly interactive hypnosis show as unique as it is hilarious. Prepare for gut-splitting laughter and improbable scenes acted out by audience members in a clean, classy and tasteful manner.

Foundation Benefit Seminar | Saturday, July 14, 8:00am-12:30pm
(Pre-Conference Event; Separate registration required to attend.)
Advanced Performance Skills for Professional Speakers
Expand the craft you already have and learn new techniques from the Heroic Public Speaking team through a half-day series of sessions with Amy and Michael Port and the senior faculty from Heroic Public Speaking. You’ll get to the nitty gritty of how to win over (even more) audiences and event planners alike. Dive in and become an even better public speaker than you were before—one where you can stop speaking and start performing.


By June 30: $495  |  After July 1: $695

All the proceeds from this event go to the NSA Foundation.

Influence Exclusive "Deeper Dive" Session | Saturday, July 14, 9:00am-12:00pm
(Pre-Conference Event; Separate registration required to attend.)

Speaker Outbound Sales and Marketing - A Proven System to Go Out and Get Paid Speaking Gigs
The business of speaking is exactly that - a business. Of course, there are many facets to the "art" of speaking, but those who have enjoyed long-term success have mastered the business side of this profession.

Tiffany Lauer and David Avrin have generously agreed to share their high-touch, non-automated process with their speaker friends and colleagues at Influence 2018 in an exclusive and extended deeper-dive session. NSA is offering this enhanced extended session model for the first time ever in order to go beyond the traditional scope of convention sessions offering a deeper learning and residual benefit to our members.


By June 30: Member: $395 | Non-member: $595

All revenue from this session goes toward enhanced Influence offerings. Space is limited and available to Influence registrants only.

Chapter Leadership | Saturday, July 14, 9:00am-12:00pm
Are you influencing the future of the speaking profession in your chapter? Are you a leader in your chapter now or plan to be in the future? Then join us for this half-day session where you will have an opportunity to network with other chapter leaders from around the country and learn effective skills to strengthen you and your chapter.

Million Dollar Speakers Group | Saturday, July 14, 8:00am-2:30pm
(Invitation only)
This is a high-level, peer-to-peer learning session designed exclusively for NSA Members who have speaking- related businesses generating annual revenues of more than $1 million. Participants will brainstorm best practices and work on pressing challenges with their peers. A topic of discussion building on the Winter Conference meeting is about "How do we take a million-dollar company to 100 million?" You'll start new relationships with other successful members and leave with cutting-edge insights and strategies on how to grow your business, keep your competitive advantage and reduce complexity. Verification of revenue is required to participate in this program. If you qualify and would like to participate, contact NSA's CEO, Mary Lue Peck, MBA, at for more details.

Sports Celebrity Speaker Workshop | Saturday, July 14, Time 12:00pm-2:30pm
(Pre-Conference event; must be registered for Influence to attend. Separate registration required.)
As athletes, you know the value in having a good coach, learning the right techniques, and spending dedicated time on your game. These three factors create a winning performance and a winning speech.

In this session, award-winning storyteller and successful speaker, Kelly Swanson, will coach you on a fresh approach to crafting a powerful speech by focusing on the stories that are already inside you. She will offer a template for a five-minute speech that every athlete should have in their playbook. You already have amazing stories. Let Kelly teach you how to tell them with impact.

This workshop is designed for all professional and retired athletes who want to improve their presentation skills. Whether you are a seasoned speaker or considering speaking as a new career, join us to learn more about the speaking profession from past NSA president, Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP, and Vince Poscente, CPAE, HoF, an Olympic speed skier who has excelled as a speaker through his membership in NSA.

CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®/Cavett Awards Banquet | Monday, July 16, 7:00pm-10:00pm
(Ticket is included in your registration)
Don't miss NSA's most anticipated annual black tie optional affair, celebrating platform excellence and honoring the legacy of selfless contribution.

Community Groups Day | Tuesday, July 17, 10:30am-4:30am
Connect with your tribe and learn from your peers on this day dedicated to enhancing the NSA community. Interested in checking out another group's breakout? No worries! Sessions are open to all registered Influence attendees.

Farewell Party | Tuesday, July 17, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Celebrate the close of #INFLUENCE18! We have an incredible time planned for you. The $25.00 fee reserves your spot, plus round-trip transportation to AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium! Stay tuned for more details. Open to everyone 18 and older.

NSA Youth Leadership Program | Saturday, July 14 - Tuesday, July 17
(Separate registration required)
Influence 2018 offers a program, designed for youth ages 10 to 17 years. Those enrolled in the program participate in creative, educational and social activities that help mold them into the best individuals they can be. This special program provides a unique opportunity for participants to interact with speaking professionals and peers in a fun, safe environment. Click here for more information and to register!

CSP Track
Looking to earn your CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation? Be sure to attend these required sessions:
  • How to Earn Your CSP Session
  • Professional Competencies Session
  • Business Ethics Session

Buddy Program – Back by Popular Demand!

If you’re new to Influence, we strongly encourage you to be part of the buddy program. You’ll be connected with an “Influence Aficionado" who will help make sure you get the most out of your Influence experience. Simply select this option when registering for Influence.

If you’d like to be a buddy to a first-time attendee, let us know when registering and we’ll connect you with an attendee new to Influence so you can help them feel welcome and connected. We sincerely appreciate you volunteering for this very important role.