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 except as noted in lab info below.

See the labs scheduled below.

Lab – December 6, 2017  – Jessica Pettit

Jessica Pettit

Times: 7:00p.m. -9:00p.m.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 President George Bush, Richardson TX, 75080 (This event only!)

Fee: No Charge to All Access members. $20 all others

Program: Join us for an evening of Fun, Laughter, and Mistakes when we welcome Jess Pettitt to NSA North Texas!

Jess was scheduled to do a Humor Lab last year, and whooping cough and pneumonia made that impossible. Luckily with another year under her belt, she is coming for us with one warning… be careful what you ask her – she will answer you!

After speaking high volume low fee for over a decade to mostly college audiences, switching to associations and corporate work, blending her experience as a standup comic and social justice educator, Jess can share a lot and most importantly her mistakes.

This isn’t just a speaker therapy session, but an honest space to share professional choices, areas of focus, branding decisions, and big and often expensive mistakes.

  • Going from an idea to a successful product
  • Self-publishing vs. using a “real” publisher
  • Keynoting, training, seminars, retreats, oh my!
  • Using humor with difficult subjects
  • Earning and leveraging your CSP
  • Serving on the National Board of NSA
  • Being a road warrior and traveling 300 days a year
  • Balancing business and personal life
  • What would you do if?
  • And much much more!

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December 13, 2017 – R. Shawn McBride

Times: 6:30-8:30 (speaking time is 100 minutes with 10 minute break)

Program: Where’s the Profit?: Finding Your Next Revenue Stream

There are countless revenue models for speakers and each comes with its own unique challenges, demands, and yes, rewards.

How many of the nine different speaking models have you examined? Do you know what is required to make each of them work?

Learn the nine different models your fellow speakers use to make a living and what makes each model work – from basic client flow, to how to market and support that speaking model.

You’ll learn what’s working for others — and what you can add to your own business model.


  • earn what is working for other speakers
  • Examine various speaker business models
  • Find out how to create synergies from what you are already doing that can lead to new revenue streams
  • Determine where you may have hidden revenue streams
  • Create an action plan for more revenue

About the Speaker

R. Shawn McBride helps successful private business build companies that last – to grow and protect wealth not only for the business owners, but to protect that wealth for those that count on them. Shawn’s mission is to make sure the hard work of business owners doesn’t become a curse on their family and loved ones.

Much of Shawn’s work is dedicated to helping business owners avoid common mistakes that their fellow business owners so often make.

He also helps organizations maximize their profitability by making and executing business plans that work. From time management techniques, to negotiation strategies, to planning techniques that get teams engaged, Shawn has the answers today’s business leaders need.

Shawn is battle tested and proven. Being a long-time CPA and an attorney licensed in 12 states and DC, he’s no stranger to working in the toughest situations.

But don’t worry, Shawn’s audiences will tell you he’s not your typical lawyer. So buckle up and get ready to have some fun while you learn!

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Upcoming Lab Dates (mark your calendar):

January 10, 2018 – Leo Cardenas

Program: The Impact of Body Language on Communication

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March 14, 2018 – Vince Poscente

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