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Friday March 6th

Bonus Workshop - Vocal Leadership: 7 Minutes a Day To Communication Mastery

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Arthur Samuel Joseph M.A., founder and chairman of the Vocal Awareness Institute, today is widely-recognized as one of the world’s foremost communication strategists and authorities on the human voice. A renowned teacher/mentor, Mr. Joseph’s mission is to Change the World through Voice. His trademarked, proprietary voice and leadership training program, Vocal Awareness,™ is designed to teach Communication Mastery through a disciplined regimen of highly- specific techniques designed to cultivate an embodied and enhanced leadership presence, as well as personal presence, through body language techniques, vocal warm-ups, and storytelling skills. What emerges is an integrative and integral communication style.

Registration and Networking
2 – 3:00 pm

3 – 3:30 pm

“The Family Brand Is Generosity”

 Henry DeVries, CEO, Indie Books International

Indie Books CEO Henry DeVries is the author of eleven books on how to attract high-paying clients. As a professional speaker, he trains business leaders on how to persuade job candidates, investors, and prospects with a story. He believes in author and speaker karma.  Three pre-selected authors will demonstrate the seven-sentence defining paragraph.

A Conversation with Author and Speaker Legend Patricia Fripp

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Indie Books Chairman Mark LeBlanc, CSP will lead an Inside the Actor’s Studio style conversation with Patricia Fripp, CSP CPAE, both past presidents of the National Speakers Association.

4:30 pm – Networking Break

Opening Keynote with Judy Carter

5:00 – 6:00 pm

“The Message of You:  You Can’t Spell MESSage without a MESS”

Did you know that you had an essential life message? A message that could transform people’s lives? Opening speaker Judy Carter doesn’t like to brag, but she did write The Bible. The Comedy Bible as well as an amazing book for authors and speakers called The Message of You. In this high-wattage talk, she will show you that problems not only not only make good punchlines, but are actually are the first ingredients of one’s essential life message.

6:30 pm – Hosted Opening Night Networking Dinner

Meet fellow authors and speakers over dinner at the hotel. Dinner is on Indie Books, alcohol is no-host.

Saturday March 7th

Presentation Skills Workshop With Michael Allosso

9:00 – 10:30 am

“You on Your Best Day”

Michael Allosso is simply the greatest Vistage speaker of all time, with more than 1,700 appearances to this CEO peer-to-peer group.

10:30 am – Networking Break

Henry And Mark Shine A Spotlight

10:45 – 11:15 am


Pragmatic Advice Penny Reed

11:15 am – Noon

“Riches in Niches”

Penny Reed is the author of Growing Your Dental Business.


Noon to 3:00 pm – Lunch

Optional: Video taping rehearsals with Henry DeVries

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Henry DeVries

Meet the Pros Networking

3:00 to 4:30 pm

Three thirty-minute rounds with a different pro, eight attendees each round. That way in ninety minutes you will have networked with three pros and twenty-one other attendees. Be prepared to speak for two minutes on the main message of your book and the impact and influence you hope to have.

Scheduled Pros: Patricia Fripp, Tom Searcy, Michael Allosso, Penny Reed, Judy Carter, Karen Jacobsen, Henry DeVries, Mark LeBlanc

4:30 pm – Networking Break

A Concert With Karen Jacobson

5:00 to 6:00 pm

From Songbird to The GPS Girl

A singer, songwriter, and keynote speaker, Karen Jacobsen’s speaking voice has garnered global attention, ending up in over a billion GPS, smartphones, elevators, cruise ships and software applications worldwide and as the original Australian voice of Apple’s Siri.

6:00 pm – Dinner on Your Own (A chance to network)

Sunday March 8th

A Conversation with Author and Speaker Legend Tom Searcy

9 – 10:00 am

Indie Books CEO Henry DeVries will lead an Inside the Actor’s Studio style conversation with Tom Searcy, author of Whale Hunting and How To Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett

10:00 am – Break

Client Attraction Chain Reaction

10:15 – 11:00 am

Henry DeVries will share his dirty dozen ways authors get booked as speakers that attract high-paying clients.


11:00 am – Networking Break

Closing Keynote

11:15 am – Noon

What’s Stopping You From Giving A TED Talk?

Business development expert Mark LeBlanc, CSP is the author of the underground bestseller Growing Your Business, Never be the Same, Defining You, and Build Your Consulting Practice. He is the past president of the National Speakers Association and has trained more than 1,000 consultants and coaches to become professional speakers. He has conducted over 130 business development retreats called The Achievers Circle. He serves as the Chairman of Indie Books International.

Noon – Adjourn

Bonus Event: Video Taping

1:00 to 5:00 pm

Network With Speech Bookers, Moderated By Henry DeVries

All are invited to attend this bonus event moderated by Henry DeVries, who has booked speakers for decades. Pre-selected authors will deliver under-ten-minute talks to a smaller studio audience that will include meeting planners, association executives, Vistage International chairs and execs, TED talk chairs, speaker bureau reps, and corporate execs who book speakers. Even if you are not being videotaped you should attend to hear what speech bookers want.

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