Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 National Speakers Association "Learning Lounge"

Are you attending the 2012 National Speakers Association Conference in Indianapolis (July 14 - 17, 2012)?

Regardless of this being your first convention or twentieth annual meeting, this year you need to check out something new.... The Learning Lounge.

This alternative learning area is designed to be a "Conference Within A Conference".  It will be open during the concurrent breakout sessions and Meet the Pros (closed during keynotes and meals).  The room has a variety of activities happening all at once, and a coffee shop style area where you can sit and relax or have a small conclave to share ideas with a new friend.

There will be a small stage that has something different happening each day (15 minutes TED Style talks, a PowerPoint Master Class, "Speakers Corner", or short skits and talks from the Youth Conference Attendees).  There will also be two discussion areas... "Ask the Experts" and "NSA Tech Lab Discussions").

Plan ahead to participate in the Learning Lounge.  Space is limited, and you do not want to be turned away!!!!

*** NEW - Eliz Green has jumped in to fill a slot on the small stage on Monday (for a speaker who could not come).  She will be talking about the Deadly Sins of Speaker Websites!!! 

*** NEW - Jim Rhode will be hosting and "Ask the Experts" table on Monday!!!

*** THIS JUST IN - Artist and Speaker Richard Hight will be custom painting a work of art live in learning lounge.  Wait until you see the one of a kind special painting... and be sure to come see him work his artistic magic on the canvas.  If you love the painting you can participate in the silent auction with money going to the NSA Foundation.


Sunday 11:00 - 12:15 

Small Stage:

Ed Tate
Erik Lehmann
Sam Horn
Kelly Swanson

Meet the Expert:

Avish Parashaw

Tech Lab Discussion:

Judson Lapley

Sunday 3:15 - 5:30

Small Stage:

Jim Feldman's PowerPoint Master Class 
(Intermediate 3:15 - 4:15 / Advance 4:15 - 5:15)

Meet the Experts:

Hayley Foster 3:15 - 4:15
Stacy Tetschner 4:30 - 5:30

Tech Lab Discussion:

Gina Carr 3:15 - 4:15

Monday 2:00 - 3:15

Small Stage:

Eliz Green
Patti DeNucci
Jim Cathcart
Jessica Pettitt

Meet the Expert:

Jim Rhode

Tech Lab Discussion:

Mary Kelly

Monday 3:45 - 5:00

Small Stage:

"Speaker's Corner" hosted by Jolene Jang

Meet the Expert:

Lou Heckler

Tech Lab Discussion:

Roger Courville

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:15

Small Stage:

Youth Program Takes The Stage

Meet the Expert:

Omekongo Dibinga

Tech Lab Discussion:

Doug DeVitre

Tuesday 3:15 - 4:30

Small Stage:

Steve Iwersen
Linda Swindling
(and two more talks TBD)

Meet the Expert:

Steve Shapiro

Tech Lab Discussion:

Peter Temple


This new option at the convention has shaped up to be an incredible line up of speakers who are here to share their expertise.  Do not miss out on The Learning Lounge.... as it will be a great place to learn, connect and contemplate.

Special thanks to Hayley Foster, Gina Carr, and Jolene Jang.

****The inspiration for "The Learning Lounge" came from the 2012 PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in San Diego.  Jeff Hurt and Dave Lutz of Velvet Chainsaw organized a large scale Learning Lounge program.  I had the good fortune of being part of their event.  NSA has adapted the concept.

Learning Lounge Twitter Hashtag:  #NSA12LL

Have A Great Day

thom singer

1 comment:

Linda said...

This looks great, Thom! Can you give me a hint as to what each tech presenter will focus on?