Winter Conference 2018 Schedule at a Glance

February 16-18, 2018 | Baltimore, MD




Presenter List





Friday, Feb. 16
8:00am-2:00pmMillion Dollar Speakers Group (by invitation only)
11:00am-2:00pmPre-Conference Sessions
2:00pm-2:45pmReception for First Time Attendees

General Session: See the Future

The Future of The Meetings Industry
Michael Dominguez

The future of speaking is much like the future of all industry and business, it is changing at a pace never seen before in history. To succeed today, one must think like a start-up! This means move fast, be nimble and fail often. That is a scary proposition for many of those who have been in the speaking field as this is far from the norm. Authenticity has never been more important and an understanding that “context” versus “content” rules the day.

The Future of Lead Generation: Using Talk Triggers to Create Conversations in a Noisy World
Jay Baer, CSP
Every element of your speaking business presents you with a choice. Do you do it like everyone else, or do you do it different? With more and more (and MORE) people rushing into the speaking business, differentiation is no longer an optional ingredient, it’s a requirement for lead generation. In this fast-paced, massively relevant session, Jay will unveil dazzling examples of speakers setting themselves apart and generating leads by having the courage to put a twist on anything and everything.

5:30pm-7:00pmEvening Reception
Saturday, Feb. 17

General Session: Predict the future

The Future of Client Acquisition: Making Your Own Luck with Conversations That Really Count
Phil Jones
The future of speaking brings more competition, more direct contact with speakers and more challenging demands from clients wanting different and unique experiences for their audiences. Learn directly from Phil how the precise words, at the right time impact on the outcomes of your conversations. Expect to scribble pages of notes and have instantly applicable strategies that show you just how important YOUR role is in winning the clients that YOU want really is.

The Buyers Perspective LIVE.
Panelists: Danielle Cote, Letty Kluttz, and Peter O’Neil; Moderator: Sarah Michel, CSP
Learn about the future of speaking from the perspective of multiple buyers who each hire over 50 professional speakers a year. Discover how they plan to use speakers at their meetings moving forward and what you will need to do to earn their business. Sarah Michel, CSP will be moderating a lively discussion with buyers from national associations and corporations who will be sharing their predictions and answering your questions. You must be IN the room for this one – the session will not be recorded!


Hands-On Labs

Josh Packard, PhD
True thought leadership is a combination of experience and expertise backed up by data-driven insights. The focus of this lab is to provide guidance on how to get the original research and data you need to level-up your talks, provide original content for blogs and books and help establish new engagement patterns with existing and future clients. Josh, Executive Director of The Social Research Lab at the University of Northern Colorado, will guide you in creating a step-by-step research plan, complete with timeline and budget that fits into your personal business plan and brand, that will establish you as a true thought leader in your industry now and for years to come.

The Future of Storytelling is Raw Emotion… Experienced Virtually
Brian Fanzo
Telling stories is central to what we do as speakers. It draws us to our audience and makes what we teach memorable. But with the rise of virtual presentations, that crucial emotional connection has become harder to sustain. Fortunately, the future of virtual and augmented reality is all about emotion. In this hands-on workshop learn how the next wave of technology will allow an audience to step into our shoes and interact, virtually, with the dynamic emotions of a narrative. Artificial intelligence with feeling has the potential to change our industry as much as the internet has. Experience what that means for you and your business right here.


General Session: Predict the Future

Bill Cates, CSP, CPAE
We asked some of the most successful speakers in NSA to predict the Future of Speaking, and their answers may surprise you! Hear directly from members of the Million Dollar Speakers Group to learn about what you can do today to stay relevant for your clients in the future.

5:15pm-5:30pmWrap Up the Day
EveningGroup on Their Own
Sunday, Feb. 18

General Session: Imagine the Future

Join us on the Imagine Stage, where we’ll envision the Future of Speaking through the lens of the things that could affect it most.

We’ll imagine the answers to questions like:

  • Will the stage of the future be virtual or real?
  • What about the audience?
  • And what about…us, the speakers?

Across topics like artificial intelligence and augmented reality to wearables and the future of work, this morning promises to be high in both impact and imagination.

*Subject to change