Kristin Arnold and NSA


Kristin J. Arnold, MBA, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, CPF | Master has been very involved with the National Speakers Association (USA) since 1997.  She served as National President in 2010-2011 and continues to serve at the local chapter, national and international level.  She has also been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers since 2008.

Kristin will be delighted to come to your NSA Chapter/International Convention to present one of the following programs:


Confirmation Guidelines:

  • For International Conventions and chapter meetings, Kristin will confirm the date within 30 days of the initial request.  For US Chapters, Kristin will “hold” the date until six months prior to the engagement.
  • For US chapter meetings, Kristin will “confirm” the date six months prior to the engagement OR at any time upon mutual agreement.

In the unlikely event that an unforeseen conflict occurs, Kristin will ensure a suitable speaker will take her place.


For Chapter Programs, Kristin prefers to:

  • Fly in the afternoon before the meeting.
  • Join your Board or chapter members for an early dinner that evening.
  • Turn in early.
  • Have the room set up appropriately.
  • Present for 90 minutes to no more than 3 hours as part of your chapter program.
  • Have books available for sale.
  • Use an LCD projector, screen, and wireless lavaliere microphone.  Have one flipchart, easel, and markers.
  • Fly out that same afternoon or evening.


Powerful Panels: Adding More Value to Your Client Engagements

Have you ever considered offering to moderate a panel discussion as a creative add-on to your client’s event?  Almost all meetings and conferences have them, and few of them are truly worthwhile!

Kristin will start the program actually moderating a panel with 3 or 4 of your most “famous” members.  We’ll chat about the do’s and don’ts of running a successful speaking business and delivering an amazing presentation.

After a brief break, Kristin will debrief the process she used to prepare for and facilitate the panel discussion.  She’ll also show you how to offer this additional service for an additional fee as well as the key steps you need to take in order to moderate a lively and informative panel discussion.

The program objectives are to:

  • Discover how to offer panels as an additional service beyond speaking
  • Understand three different models for pricing this additional service
  • Walk away with a compendium of engaging and interactive formats.

Each participant will receive a customized handout and will have the opportunity to purchase Kristin’s book, Powerful Panels at the end of her program.



Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire
Your Audience

Meeting planners want professional speakers who involve audiences in meaningful ways.  Come discover a myriad of methods to engage and hold your audience’s attention during your keynote presentations.  Kristin will demonstrate different techniques as well as provide an in-depth resource for you to inject more interaction in your speeches.

  • Discover a smorgasbord of engaging and interactive techniques to use from the platform as a keynoter
  • Witness and participate in various interactive methods
  • Walk away with a compendium of engaging and interactive techniques.

Each participant will receive a customized handout and will have the opportunity to purchase Kristin’s book, Boring to Bravo at the end of her program.

Facilitation: The New Secret Weapon for Professional Speakers

Many speakers offer more than a speech; they provide training, consulting, facilitation, coaching, and products to add more value to their clients and diversity their business model. This session will explore how facilitation can complement your speaking business and how to position facilitation as a value-added service. You will also receive an in-depth resource to help you propose a package of services to your clients.

  • Define “facilitation” vs. “speaking”
  • Explore the different types of facilitated events that complement your speech
  • Recognize the key elements to the facilitative process
  • Understand three primary fee models for facilitation
  • Walk away with a solid proposal template and agendas for a typical facilitated event.

Each participant will receive a customized handout and will have the opportunity to purchase Kristin’s audiobook, Facilitation Skills: Practical Tips & Techniques to Increase Your Effectiveness at the end of her program.

Create Your Thought Leadership Strategy

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The Riches are in the Niches” – but what does that really mean to an established, veteran speaker? If you want to be known as a thought leader (and be able to charge more money for your unique expertise), this session will give you the blueprint to create your strategy to be known in your niche AND to be found in the sea of talented speakers.

In this session, you will discover:

  • An energizing technique to discover potential “hyper-niche” areas
  • Five different strategies you can pull from to be known as a thought leader
  • An easy-to-follow process to create your own personal roadmap to success
  • 3 simple ways you can make sure you execute on your strategy!

You’ll walk out with a one-page plan to be the thought leader you know you can be!

Strategic Planning for the Professional Speaker

In a world of constant interruptions and shiny pennies to keep us distracted, Kristin Arnold, CSP, will lead you through a dynamic workshop to create your own personal professional speaker business strategy and plan for 2020.

As a strategic planning facilitator, Kristin knows the power of having a simple one-page plan to propel your business. Just for her NSA colleagues, Kristin modified her corporate process to serve the professional speaker.

In this workshop, she will share her step-by-step process to identify your key strategic initiatives, key tasks, and a cadence of execution to move you closer to your goals. More importantly, she’ll share with you templates that were made specifically for professional speakers. You get to pick and choose, adapt what you like and leave behind the rest.

Kristin makes a bold promise (if you stay for the entire day): You will walk out with a one-page plan that will guide your business in 2020.

Whether you have only been in the business for a short while or you’re a seasoned vet like Kristin, you’ll understand and appreciate the importance of creating a well-thought out plan to substantially increase your success in the next year.



Kristin’s NSA Bio

Kristin Arnold is the only member of NSA who holds both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation as well as the CPF|M – Certified Professional Facilitator | Master.  With over two dozen years of team-building and facilitation experience, Kristin specializes in helping executives and their leadership teams in achieving extraordinary results, while using a smooth process and enhancing relationships along the way.

A founding member of the Facilitators’ Community Group adn the EmCee Community Group, Past Facilitator & EmCee Community Group Chair, Lab Director, Provost of NSA’s University at Marco Island, and NSA President in 2010-2011, Kristin is one of our most knowledgeable sources around facilitation and interaction.  She started her national involvement with NSA on the faculty of the Facilitation Skills Lab in 2000 and co-chaired the first Interaction Skills Lab in 2005.  She is an author and columnist on teamwork, presentation skills, and moderating panels.  She is also contributing author to NSA’s Paid to Speak, Speak More! and the International Association of Facilitator’s Handbook on Facilitation.

Kristin’s NSA Intro

Kristin’s Intro & Video

As a specialist in facilitating high stakes meetings, training others to facilitate, and speaking on high performance, collaborative teams in the workplace, Kristin helps organizations take their teams from ordinary to extraordinary!

As one of the first female graduates of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Kristin developed a passion for building strong teams during her two decades of service in the Coast Guard. A pas President of the National Speakers Association United States, Kristin now will share advice based on over two decades of facilitation and speaking expertise.

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Contact Kristin Arnold today if you are interested in having a dynamic speaking presentation at your Chapter.

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