Polished, Professional Speaking Skills to Elevate Your Career


Tri-State HRMA members get a front row seat at monthly meetings and at annual conferences to experience the power of professional speakers – they move us, inspire us, and teach us.  Have you ever aspired to elevate your presentations skills or perhaps develop your own speaking business?

You now have your chance to learn from the insiders!  Tri-State will partner again for the June meeting with the National Speakers Association, Philadelphia Chapter, to deliver a memorable, interactive evening in which attendees can participate in focused breakouts with leaders from NSA Philly to learn how to upskill their speaking and presentation skills in a number of different ways.

Speaking confidently, powerfully, and persuasively is a skill that elevates any career – whether or not you have ambitions to leap into the world of professional speaking!

Facilitated by Dr. James Smith, Jr., there will be 4 breakout groups on various aspects of presentation skills and speeches with top tips and techniques. Members will be able to spend 20 minutes per topic with an NSA host, and then rotate through as a group to the next breakout session.  This event will be highly interactive — members can volunteer to do short brief presentations and get real-time professional feedback from our NSA experts.

Among the topics for the breakouts:

  • Presentations are Storytelling – they’re Personal and Passionate, with Scott Prendergast
  • Using Physical Performance to Engage Your Audience, with Steve Bollar
  • How to Build a Professional Speaking Business, with Sarah Ohanesian
  • Fear of Speaking? Conquer it and Share with Confidence, with Dave Spadaro


Pending SHRM PDCs
Approved for 1.75 HRCI Credits


Dr. James Smith, Jr. – For 20+ years, hundreds of thousands, both national and international audiences, have experienced the passion, creativity, storytelling, unshakable positivity and mind-shifting power of Dr. James Smith, Jr. CSP. Dr. James is a lightning rod in the high-performance space, creating performance breakthroughs for organizations, teams and individuals looking to improve in the areas of authenticity, diversity and inclusion, personal power, leadership, presentation and/or facilitation skills. Dr. James has authored three books with his last, The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination.


Steve Bollar – a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, Steve is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert.  He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.  Steve has been identified as one of the Top 30 Global Gurus In Education. He is the author of the leadership book Stand Tall Leadership, school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book Because of a Teacher and School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time. Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the world about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.


Sarah Ohanesian – Sarah is a professional speaker and productivity consultant on a mission to fight burnout and increase happiness at work. She works with busy professionals who are career-driven but face work-life imbalance, stress, and overwhelm. Her programs help clients accomplish critical priorities, create automated systems, implement tools, and get time back in their day. Sarah is an Asana and Full Focus Planner Certified Pro and founder of SO Productive, a productivity training and consulting company.


Scotty Prendergast – Scotty is a full-time inspirational speaker and mental health advocate based in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of Temple University, Scott speaks about the importance of acknowledging mental health in society, and encourages techniques to overcome the everyday mental obstacles that hold us back in life. His travels take him across the country speaking to audiences ranging from high school students, to corporations and business professionals while sharing his own story of hope and resiliency in learning to overcome depression. In his inspiring programs, Scotty uses a practical approach of mindful strategies combined with a compassionate touch to help others validate their own feelings, and work towards moving past them.


Dave Spadaro – Dave Spadaro is the “Eagles Insider,” a multi-media reporter and sportscaster, who has worked for the Philadelphia Eagles for over 25 years. A Temple University graduate, Dave is one of the organization’s key voices and a preeminent personality connecting the Eagles and their fans through content, live events, and community engagement.

Thank You to our June Meeting Sponsor:


Meeting Location:

The Westin – Mt. Laurel
555 Fellowship Road
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Meeting Agenda:

5:30pm: Networking
5:45pm: Dinner begins
6:15pm: Tristate Welcome and Updates
6:30pm: Legislative Update
6:45pm: NSA Program Begins
8:15pm: Wrap-up and More Networking

We look forward to seeing you!

Please note that video images and voice recordings may be taken during this meeting and other Tri-State HRMA events for use in the chapter newsletter and on social media. By attending this event, you are consenting to such use. If you object to the use of your image or voice, please contact our administrator, Celine Brunetti, to discuss your options.

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