Our NSA North Texas Labs are learning workshops conducted during a weekday evening.  Less formal than the chapter meeting, they allow members and candidates to gather together to network and learn from the evening’s speaker on topics about the professional speaking business.

All 2016-2017 Labs are free for All-Access Passholders and $27 for all others.

Labs will be held at Hackberry Creek Country Club, 1901 W Royal Ln, Irving, Texas 75063 and will usually be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

See the labs scheduled below.

Lab – April 26, 2017 – Rex Houze and Diana Gats

Presentation Title:  “Packaging Your Talents for Fun & Profit”

You will learn how to…

  • Convert your speech and workshop notes into a packaged program to
    • Generate additional revenue streams
    • Create long-term client relationships
    • Deliver residual and passive income, including retainers
  • Significantly reduce your preparation time
  • Reduce travel time
  • Enhance your credibility
  • Build a business you can sell

About the Speaker:

Rex began speaking on leadership, motivation and personal development as an avocation in 1968. In 1972 he discovered that he could get paid for speaking and has been doing so for the last 44 years. In those 44 years he has conducted close to 4,000 speeches, seminars, workshops and training sessions to more than 150,000 people.

Being a pack rat, Rex saved all his speech notes which came in handy when he decided to launch his leadership development product line in 2003. He organized his speech notes and transcriptions of speeches into seven major categories. In September 2003 he launched his “Coaching for Improved Performance & Results” program, followed by “Improving Performance & Results” (personal & organizational productivity, “Getting Results Through Others,” “Natural Selling Process,” “Creating a Successful Life,” “Improving Organizational Results,” and “Leading with Passion & Perseverance.”

His programs are marketed and facilitated, by professional consultants throughout the U.S., to businesses to improve their communication, collaboration, accountability and teamwork.

Rex grew up in Ohio and got to Texas as quick as he could (1974). He and Joyce will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in March 2017. They have two grown children and three granddaughters ages 15, 12 and 9. His hobbies include tennis and reading business books (at least 50 a year for the last 44 years).

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Lab – May 10th, 2017 – Tarsha Polk, The Marketing Lady – Social Media/Constant Contact and Sherrie Wilson

Tarsha Polk

Topic: Automate Your Marketing with Autoresponders

Email marketing is a great way to market to prospects and clients alike. Email Marketing is increasing in popularity due to its effectiveness, low cost and market penetration.
Autoresponder campaigns do what YOU wish you had the time to do! Us them to follow up, inform, entertain, & provide incentives for action & engagement – they work automatically while you focus on your business. You’ll learn ways to grow your business with email marketing, during this explanation of Constant Contact’s Email Marketing system. This seminar will help you:

• Learn the difference between automated messages and autoresponder campaigns
• Decide where autoresponders can help you do better marketing communications
• Understand key actions that trigger emails to be sent
• Identify what steps to take to design effective autoresponder campaigns
• Design the “evergreen content” that works best for your audiences

We’ll also cover dos and don’ts, show a sample autoresponder calendar, and share real case studies of success with autoresponder campaigns. Join us!

About the Speaker

Constant Contact Local Expert, Tarsha Polk is also known as The Marketing Lady™, a business owner and international speaker, passionate about empowering people to suc-ceed in business and increase their income.

Tarsha Polk started her own marketing consulting and business coaching company called The Marketing Lady™ “” in 2003 to help business owners and professionals develop marketing strategies. She partnered with Constant Contact to offer free marketing education workshops to organizations and small busi-ness owners who want affordable ways to grow their organization.

An engaging and entertaining speaker, Tarsha speaks before small business groups on such topics as networking, goal-setting, entrepreneurship and marketing, and coach business owners and leaders in the areas of personal branding, goal-setting, internet marketing strategies and business growth.

Sherrie Wilson

Sherrie Wilson


Sherrie has both leadership and advanced neuro science training that challenges participants to change who they are being in the workplace. This leadership training focused on high performance team dynamics in the work place.  Participants discuss difficult conversations, the science of beliefs and formulas that move us toward change. Sherrie will cover some of the key leadership lessons in her new book Courageous Leadership. This curriculum was designed for leaders in any field, but Sherrie uses these methods in maintaining a national training center with nearly 700 speakers, instructors and presenters.  Sherrie has shared these leadership ideas in Russia, India, Mexico and England.

About the Speaker:

Sherrie Wilson is an author, speaker and motivator who inspires and serves through leadership.

Sherrie Wilson was the first female firefighter-paramedic by the Dallas Fire Rescue Department in 1977 while simultaneously building Emergency Management Resources, LLC. Sherrie currently serves as the Founder, President and CEO of Emergency Management Resources LLC, (EMR) and (FHC). EMR specializes in emergency healthcare and OSHA training, emergency equipment and services such as inspections, consulting and other lifesaving equipment such as AEDs. AED programs include: equipment, web-based tracking of equipment, medical direction, third party inspections and training. EMR provides all levels of American Heart Association Basic Life Support and Advance Life Support (Adult & Pediatric) training, a wide variety of OSHA safety and health training and leadership courses.

Sherrie has served on the editorial and advisory boards for Industrial Fire World Magazine, Emergency Medical Services Magazine, Texas EMS Magazine, and as a reviewer of EMS text for both Mosby Lifeline and Brady Publishing. She has more than fifty published Fire, EMS and Emergency incident related articles, publications and conference presentations. She has authored two manuals, Rescue Team Training, published by Emergency Management Resources and Medical Terminology, published by Fun Ed Inc. Sherrie recently completed Faith on Fire a bout about her life and career as the first female firefighter, paramedic in Dallas Fire Rescue Department.

Sherrie has also served in a number of leadership roles within the American Heart Association including ECC Committee member, International Volunteer Trainer in Russia, India, Mexico and England. Sherrie currently serves as a Basic Life Support (BLS) , Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Regional Faculty.

Sherrie received a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Hawthorne University and completed Paramedic training at the University Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas. Sherrie is a graduate of Landmark Education Leadership and Communication Programs. Sherrie serves as adjunct Health & Safety faculty for Texas A&M University, Texas Engineer Extension Service (TEEX). Sherrie received her Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming from the Association for Integrative Psychology.

Sherrie has experience in the Medical, Healthcare, Education, Communication, Leadership, Neuro Dynamics and Safety arenas. Sherrie performs one hour, half day or full day workshops and keynotes.

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Lab – May 17, 2017 – Kelli Vrla

Presentation Title: NSA NTx Laugh Track: Funny You Should Say That!

We’ll have a graduation ceremony in a comedy club setting—so you can invite your friends to witness (endure) your newly polished routine! Hey—that’s what friends are for, right? To support you in your quest for the jest! Of course, all NSA-NT friends are invited to enjoy our graduation, as well.

Our graduation will be on May 17 at Backdoor Comedy Club, Doubletree Hotel, 8250 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75206 (Sign up for graduation here)

Wednesday, May 17th
Laugh Track Graduation
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Lab – May 24, 2017 – Yoram Solomon and Christa Haberstock

Yoram Solomon

Program: The power of surveys, and how to be a survey power user.

Surveys are useable for multiple purposes, from capturing email addresses, to collecting pre-keynote input and post-keynote feedback, and to conducting genuine primary research of your topic and your lane. The results can help you refresh your topic. Furthermore, it costs absolutely nothing!

You will learn:

• How to develop the survey (what are good questions? What are bad questions?)
• How to format it and send it
• How to analyze responses and draw conclusions
• How to present the results in a report.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Yoram Solomon studied survey methods for his PhD degree, is passionate about the use of technology to promote our business, and used surveys often for that.


Christa Haberstock

Program:  Breaking Barriers to Bookings: The Secrets of Bookability

You will learn:

  • Where you are wasting your time and money
  • How you are presenting yourself, and how others are perceiving you
  • How to appeal to the buyer
  • Configuration of your brand for more bookings
  • Confidence that you’re headed in the right direction
  • Clarity around your whole package
  • Congruence between who you are and what you’re presenting

About the Speaker:

Since 1997, Christa Haberstock has blurred the line between ‘Talent’ and ‘Agent’ by living large on both sides of it at the same time.

On the ‘Agent’ side of the line, she is President and Founder of See Agency, the industry’s fastest growing speaker management outfit. She manages, consults and represents a cadre of elite corporate talent, personally booking over $3M of speakers annually into corporate events.

In 2016, See Agency was awarded a coveted spot on the Inc. 5000, ranking a remarkable #1036 on the List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. In recognition of her exceptional willingness to assist others in the bureau industry, Christa received the 2016 Dottie Walters Helping Hands Award by the International Association of Speakers Bureaus.

For nearly a decade, she has appeared on TV, radio and podcasts presenting about the speaking industry. She has spoken to audiences across the US and Canada, helping professional speakers and entertainment from around the world remove their own barriers to bookings and win more business.

And on the ‘Talent’ side of the line? Christa is both an accomplished Recording Artist and Actor. She has written, performed and produced award-winning songs which received radio play in the US, Canada, and West Africa. Her music has won international awards and earned critical acclaim “from people who know stuff”.

She is also a successful Improviser and Actor, co-founding Dallas’ premiere all-female improv comedy troupe, Heroine Addiction. In 2012, she co-authored, “Recipes for a Funner Life: Cooking with Improv to Improve Communication, Confidence, & Get More Happy”.

She has also done time as a Stand-up Comedian, most recently invited to open for Caroline Rhea and Kevin Nealon.

Christa continues to work on an assortment of diverse projects, including various web series and voice-over work. Her short-film performances are being shown to great reviews at Film Festivals across the US.

Originally, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she now resides in Dallas, Texas with one thriving agency, two perfect children and a collection of brutal and entertaining careers.

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