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Friday March 1st

Bonus Pre-Conference: Getting the Money Right for Consultants and Coaches

10 – 11:30 am

Seminar led by Mark LeBlanc and Henry DeVries, coauthors of Build Your Consulting Practice. Open to the public. No cost to attend.

Registration and Networking

2 – 3:00 pm

Behold the Power of Author Co-op Marketing

3 – 3:30 pm

Henry DeVries, CEO, Indie Books International

Indie Books CEO Henry DeVries is the author of ten 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 Don Hutson

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Indie Books Chairman Mark LeBlanc will lead an Inside the Actor’s Studio style conversation with Don Hutson. Don’s client list includes over one-half of the Fortune 500, and he is featured in over 100 training films. He is also the Chairman of Executive Books. Don is the author or co-author of 14 books, including Selling Value and his two Wall Street Journal and New York Times International #1 best sellers, The One Minute Entrepreneur and The One Minute Negotiator (with Ken Blanchard).

4:30 pm – Break

Bonus Session Preview from Michael Hauge

4:45 – 5:00 pm

According to actor Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” Well-told (and well-written) success stories not only create a powerful connection between you and potential clients, they establish your skill and your credibility as a consultant. In this presentation, Hollywood story expert and best-selling author Michael Hauge will give you the six simple steps you must employ to create vivid, emotionally gripping stories that will transform your audiences and readers, move them to action, and ultimately increase your client list and your revenue. Michael will lead bonus sessions at 8 am Saturday and Sunday.

Opening Keynote with Karyn Buxman

5:00 – 6:00 pm

From Funny to Money

Neurohumorist Karyn Buxman. Karyn is an international Hall of Fame speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her master’s thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.

6:15 pm – Hosted Opening Night Networking Dinner at Roy’s

Roy’s is a restaurant a short walk from the hotel. Dinner is on Indie Books, alcohol is no-host.

Saturday March 2nd

Bonus Session: How to Craft Better Stories with Michael Hauge

8:00 – 8:45 am

In this optional event, Michael will work with two pre-selected authors on story telling. Time permitting, other attendees may get story feedback from Michael. Feel free to bring in your breakfast.

Forum Feedback with Mark and Henry

9 – 9:30 am

Presentation Skills Workshop with Bill Stainton

9:30 am – Noon

Presentation expert Bill Stainton is a multiple (29 to be exact) Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer; an author; a business humorist; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bill Nye the Science Guy to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world! From Maine to Malaysia, Bill is committed to helping his audiences achieve their highest potential— while maintaining a sense of fun along the way!

Noon to 3:00 pm – Lunch

Optional: Video taping rehearsals with Henry DeVries and Michael Hauge

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Henry DeVries and Michael Hauge

Confessions of a TED Talk Trainer: A conversation with Dez Thornton

3:00 to 4:15 pm

Henry DeVries has a conversation with TED Talk presentation coach Dez Thornton in the style of Inside the Actors Studio. Dez was professionally trained at the University of South Carolina and Dale Carnegie. Dez  is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the winner of Speak Tank, a speaking competition hosted by the NSA. He has been a speech coach for TEDx Peachtree, coached hundreds of professionals and corporate clients, and even taught a public speaking class for 7 years at a federal prison. At the tender age of nine, Dez forgot his lines in a church play but he never forgot the embarrassment and humiliation that followed.  Since then, he’s dedicated himself to learning and teaching the art of speaking and helping thought leaders say the right words in the right way when they matter most.

4:15 pm – Networking Break

Stop Global Boring with Kathy McAfee

4:45 to 6:00 pm

Consultants who can effectively communicate and connect with clients and prospects are far more successful than those who don’t. Kathy McAfee will show you how to increase your value to clients and grow your practice by mastering the arts of high-engagement presentations and networking that builds lasting relationships. Kathy, author of the book Stop Global Boring, is America’s Marketing Motivator, a professional speaker and executive presentation coach. She has helped thousands of corporate leaders and consultants to grow business success by mastering the arts of high-engagement presentations and effective networking. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University, a published author and an award-winning blogger.

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

Sunday March 3rd

Bonus Session: How to Craft Better Stories with Michael Hauge

8 – 8:45 am

In this optional event, Michael will work with two pre-selected authors on story telling. Time permitting, other attendees may get story feedback from Michael. Feel free to bring in your breakfast.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Authors Getting Booked as Speakers

9 – 10:00 am

Mixing his movie metaphors, Henry DeVries will share his dirty dozen tales of authors getting booked as speakers using creative strategies.

10:00 am – Break

Closing Keynote: Growing the Business When You Are the Business

10:30 – 11:30 am

Business Development Expert Mark LeBlanc is the author of the underground bestseller Growing Your Business, Never be the Same, 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.


Forum Feedback with Mark and Henry

11:30 am – Noon

Noon – Adjourn

Bonus Event: Video Taping

1:30 to 4:30 pm

Network with the 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 12-minute and 3-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 video taped you should attend to hear what speech bookers want.

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