Meeting/Event Information

Throughout the year NSA-CT holds several open meetings to serve the needs of NSA-CT members as well as aspiring speakers. Guests are welcome to attend the open meetings for a fee of $35. 


March 25, 2013

Monday Meeting: How to Master Storytelling for Better Speaking, by Craig Valentine, MBA; 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking
March 25, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484
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What is the absolute most important skill you need in speaking? It is the ability to tell your story and sell your point. This is due to the following truth: “When people buy into your story, they buy into your message.

In Daniel Pink’s groundbreaking book, A Whole New Mind, he emphasizes we are moving from the “Information Age” into the “Conceptual Age.” People need a way to filter through a daily avalanche of information. Hence, they look to concepts as shortcuts. Who wins in this new age? Those who sell concepts win. What’s the best way to sell concepts? Storytelling.


In this powerful and interactive program, Craig Valentine shares tools to help you…

  • Keep audiences on the edge of their seats with your stories
  • Tell your story and sell your message
  • Get your audience to take the next step you want them to take
  • Become the kind of speaker others line up and sign up to see


This is one interactive program you cannot afford to miss! Turn yourself into a storytelling champion and watch as opportunities become abundant for you.


Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping speakers, executives, and salespeople turn their presentations into profits. Known as the Master Storyteller, he is a professional speaker and has spoken in in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, and Japan giving as many as 160 presentations per year. He is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International, winning out of more than 25,000 contestants in 14 countries.

He has used his speaking success formulas to:

  • win Salesperson of the Year (3 times) for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill’s Mid-Atlantic Division
  • become an award-winning management trainer for one of the most prestigious and largest seminar companies in the United States (averaging an industry-leading 5.85 on a 6.0 rating scale)
  • produce sales years of 233%, 157%, and 152% of goal for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • sell more than $8 million in educational resources in a single year
  • win the Rising Star salesperson award as a rookie with Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
  • win Events Manager of the Year for the National Small Business Council
  • win a Congressional Achievement Award from the United States Congress for excellence in communications
  • earn the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University
  • receive hundreds of speaking awards from Toronto to Taipei
  • help the United Way of Central Maryland exceed its $45 million fundraising goal in the year 2000 by training their Loaned Executives to present with influence


Craig is the President of The Communication Factory, LLC, which is an award-winning company that helps people present and profit. A partial list of Craig’s clients include:

  • MIT
  • McDonalds Corporation
  • NASA
  • Social Security Administration
  • Principal Financial Group
  • United Way
  • DuPont Pharmaceuticals
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Circuit City
  • CareFirst Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • HSBC (Hong Kong)
  • NovoNordisk
  • National Sales Network
  • Rodan & Fields
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Raytheon
  • The Williams Companies, Inc.
  • TIBCO – Spotfire
  • University of Phoenix (in Columbus, Cleveland and Minnesota)
  • And many more


Craig Valentine is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, Co-Author of the book, World Class Speaking, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, The Speaker’s Edge, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and he is certified as a Co-Active Coach and a Guerrilla Marketing Coach. Craig is also the Co-Founder of the World Champion’s Edge program, which helps good speakers become great. He is also the Co-Founder of the World Class Speaking Coach Certification Program which certifies speech coaches around the globe.


Educational Meetings

We hold approximately 4 open networking/educational meetings per year.  These meetings are free for NSA-CT members and guests are welcome to attend for a $35 fee.

Special Meetings

From time-to-time meetings are held for a special purpose.  Examples of past meetings include: Speaker 101, Fireside Chats and webinars.