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6 pm – 7pm

First Timer Orientation with Deri Latimer CSP and Codi Shewan

First time attending a CAPS national convention? If so, join Deri Latimer, CSP and Codi Shewan for this courtesy orientation session where you’ll learn how to get the most out of your convention experience. Take advantage of this preview that will give the lay of the virtual convention land from Codi Shewan, President of CAPS Toronto Chapter, along with Deri Latimer, former President of CAPS, and a past CAPS National Convention Chair.  You’ll discover insider tips on choosing sessions, networking, and convention resources. Plus, you’ll virtually meet fellow first-timers and start making connections even before the convention begins!

Note there is no extra charge for this session. It is included in your registration to the main convention.

Deri Latimer, CSP
Codi Shewan

11:00am – 11:15am

SpeakerTech Preconvention – Intro and Welcome by Randall Craig, CSP

(Separate nominal registration fee for this pre convention event)

11:15am – 11:45am

CRM Secrets for Speakers by Anders Boulanger, CSP

11:45am – 12:15pm

Growing your Speaking Business with Marketing automation by Randall Craig, CSP

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Stop winging it: step-by-step social media strategies by Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Mastermind break-outs lunch and learn: tech tricks/tech questions

2:00pm – 2:20pm

Building Stellar Communities through Membership Offerings by Lisa Larter

2:20pm – 2:45pm

The Whetstone Institute: An LMS Launch Case Study by Adrian Davis, CSP

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Video quick-hits – Ten tips in ten minutes

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Building Interest and Engagement Beyond Simple Polls: How To Add The Right Virtual Tools For Your Next Presentation by Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP



4:00pm – 4:30pm

How to live-stream and podcast at the same time by Lisa Patrick

4:30pm – 5:15pm

The Binge-Worthy SpeakerTM : How to Use Tech to Maximize Engagement by Lorne Kelton


Closing Remarks with Randall Craig, CSP

11am – 2pm

High Income Earners Group hosted by Peri Shawn and Lisa Leitch, CSP

(Separate nominal registration fee for this pre convention event)

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to exchange best practices with some of the most successful speakers in the country. Peri Shawn and Lisa Leitch, CSP will be facilitating this fast paced exchange. This session is solely open to convention registrants whose typical (pre-covid) annual income is a minimum of $350,000. There is a separate nominal registration fee for this session.

Peri Shawn
Peri Shawn
Lisa Leitch
Lisa Leitch

2pm – 3pm

CAPS Communities Open House

All Convention registrants are given this opportunity to attend this open house hosted by CAPS Communities. You are welcome to virtually drop in on any or all of the following communities.

(NOTE: All Convention Registrants will be provided separate links to drop in on these Zoom sessions)

Maximizing your Return on Influence in Business through Story
Leader: Susan Luke Evans, CSP Global Speaking Fellow

All effective business communication is about influence and persuasion. What better way to accomplish that than through the power of sharing personal experiences/stories. As a leader at any level, re-creating your experience for others allows you to connect on a deeper level and your ROI (Return on Influence) is reflected through the changing behaviours better decision-making of your team.

Our Community sessions will focus on the how and why of using personal stories in business. Using a Mastermind approach of sharing challenges, successes, thoughts, and questions discussions regarding structures for crafting stories and the opportunities to share them with community members in a safe place to create, tweak, practice, and provide developmental feedback. The stories crafted will have an immediate and sustainable influence on your audiences, your colleagues and clients, your family and friends.

Technicolour Team Engagement and Keynotes: “How to present and engage your audience online from your home studio.”
Leader: Tyler Hayden, CSP

We are all pandemic pros now, as we emerge from our Covid Camping trip. As we stand up and stretch into this new limelight we are now, more than ever, expected to deliver amazing content from stage… it’s just that stage has changed to include ones that are digitally enhanced, from your home studio.

As we fumbled our way towards online speaking ecstasy, each of us has learned a thing or seven that improves our ability to educate, engage, and entertain our avatar audience. If you’d like to level up your online presentation game you’re invited to join other like-minded CAPS colleagues in our Technicolour group. We will learn from one another and invited experts on how to deliver world-class presentations from this now, mainstream online stage.

Friday Morning Accountability Time (Sales & Marketing Focus)
Leader: Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

Would you rather drill holes in your feet rather than having to do sales calls? Join the Friday morning Accountability Sales & Marketing Group. For one hour from 7am to 8am PST | From 10am to 11am EST you do that task that you really dread, on Zoom, camera on, microphone off, with your fellow CAPS friends who are also getting rid of a daunting task. Whether you make calls, send emails to prospects, apply to speak at convention, etc. you will be happy to have this time reserved and you will know that at least once per week, you will do some lead generation work to grow your business.

Developing and Selling Online Courses
Leaders: Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas and Randall Craig, CSP

You have a successful speaking business, and a lifetime of IP that has been developed… but is it being monetized? Or is it just sitting on your computer? Online courses are the gateway to decoupling “time for money”, and are a powerful way to scale and leverage your business. But they can also suck the life out of you if you do it wrong.

There are as many approaches to building an online course as there are to sell it. In this group, community members will share their best practices and brilliant insights on the topic.



Building a professional consulting business
Leader: Ruth Sirman

Consulting can be a valuable add-on to a speaker business for those of us with the professional credentials that help us to be credible with government, corporate and private sector clients. Using a very facilitative and hands-on approach to learning together, Ruth will help the group create a community learning agenda of topics that participants want to explore to help start or build a consulting practice.

Ruth is an internationally certified mediator through the International Mediation Institute and has 27 years as a professional mediator, facilitator, and consultant working with clients in government at the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels as well as the corporate, private, post-secondary, and not for profit sectors.

How you holding up? Let’s destressify together
Leader: Liz Smart

“I specialize in mentoring professionals to achieve optimal emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing thru stress management, self-love to raising our vibration.
I am here to remind you, YOU are Powerful and Adored.
Sending oodles of Love, Peace, Joy, Hope, Abundance, and Optimal Health XOXO
Life Transformation Mentor, Master of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher Advanced Certification, Member of C.A.P.S. (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers), Author of upcoming book ‘Loss to Living Abundantly’.

Marketing and Sales to Grow Your Speaking Business?
Leader: Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner

You know marketing & sales are the keys to unlocking the full potential of your speaking business, but how do you make it count. If you are looking to rise above the noise, then this community is for you. We will work together in a Mastermind format to explore marketing and sales strategies, support each other, find experts, and discover innovative ways of growing our speaking business.

3pm – 5:30pm

Opening General Session

Pamela BarnumCrack the Code on Trust: Insider Techniques for Experts

Special guest: Terry O’ReillyIf you Don’t have a Story, you Don’t have a Business”

9:30am – 10:15am

Morning Bonus Session

Darin Adams – Get Organized, Get Speaking Gigs, Get Paid

Darin AdamsDarin Adams is an award-winning communication and marketing expert who has coached thousands of businesses on how to build connections with their audiences.  All success starts with relationships and he has taught people all around the world how to build those relationships through automation.  Now he wants to show you how you can get organized, get customers, and get paid.




10:30pm – 12:10pm

Morning General Session

Colleen Francis, HoFCan we Talk?


12:40pm – 1:25pm

Charmaine Hammond, CSP – Collaborating with brands, influencers and sponsors to turn your message into a global movement

Sabrina Prioletta – Standing Ovation: Raise the Bar on Branding

Tami Adams – Are you Speakers Bureau Ready? Insights from the Inside!

Jackie Barrie, FPSA – Unboring: Host engaging online meetings that people will remember forever


1:45pm – 2:30pm

David Newman, CSP – High Fee Consulting: What It Takes to Win

Keka DasGupta – How to get the news media to feature YOU!

David Cory – Let’s Get Emotional: deepening the emotional connection with your audience

Mike Justason – Improving Virtual Engagement with Lightboards


3:10pm – 5pm

Afternoon General Session

Michael Kerr CSP, HoF,  Marnie Ballane and Anh Nguyen  What Clients Want


5:15pm – 6:00pm

Hugh Culver, CSP – How to reach your Highest Value Contribution in business

Peri Shawn – Leverage the Science of Buying to Grow Your Speaking Business

Billy Strean – Sitting is the New Smoking? How to Save Your Audience (and Yourself)

Tyler Hayden, CSP – Delivering Learning with Intelligence – How to Use Multiple Intelligences to Laser Focus Audience Engagement


6:30pm – 8pm

CAPS Foundation Event

Join us for Virtual Game Night. Imagine the show “Hollywood Game Night” and replace Jane Lynch with CAPS’ incomparable master of games, Tyler (the Energizer Bunny) Hayden, CSP!

Grab a drink and some snacks and enjoy an interactive evening of games, prizes, and great conversation in support of a very worthy cause. All proceeds will go to the CAPS Foundation.

*Admission: We know 2021 has been a strange year. Some of us have struggled financially, others have been busier than ever.

This year, Foundation Night does not have a defined ticket price. Instead, we ask that you make a donation to the Foundation through the conference registration form as your “admission”. If it’s been a tough year, give what you can. If it’s been a great year, consider being more generous.

9:30am – 10:15am

Morning Bonus Session

Chuck Gallagher – Out-of-the-Box Thinking with Video

If you want to succeed, you need to look beyond what’s been done for years – demo video or sizzle reel – and expand into what can be done that creates interest and excitement around your brand!  We’ll explore in this fast-paced session new trends in video that are having an impact in the marketplace.  From effective “demo reels,” to “topic trailers,” to “thank-you” and “hold” videos along with some cool out-of-the-box thinking, you’ll be exposed to new ideas and what’s working in this new decade.  You won’t want to miss this…I promise.

Chuck GallagherChuck Gallagher, CSP is a professional speaker, VP in a public company, and the owner of Primeau Productions, a video production and marketing company that is producing state of the art content for organizations (especially professionals – like speakers) worldwide.  Chuck combines his speaking expertise with production team to “bring imagination to life.”




10:30am – 12:55pm

Morning General Session

Meet the Experts hosted by Tim Breithaupt

Bruce Sellery – Moolala: Why Smart Speakers do Dumb things with their Money (and what you can do about it)


1:30pm – 2:15pm

Ross Saunders and Sharon Bauer – Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Privacy & Information Security

Mariam Aziz – Time Efficient Social Media Strategies to Boost Your Profit

Patricia Regier – Best Practices When Working With Your Online Event Virtual Team

Nancy Watt – The Mental Pivot and the Currency of Comedy: Improv Strategies that Empower the Presenter


2:45pm – 3:50pm

Mid-day General Session

Calgary Convention Rollout

President’s ceremony hosted by Peter Chapman

4:15pm – 5pm

Martin Latulippe, CSP, HoF – Online Selling

Dave Lieber, CSP – The Essence of Your Life is Your Story: How to Tell it Perfectly

Andrea Holwegner – Media Skills to Transform Videos, Online Courses and Elevate Your Studio Setup


5:15pm – 7:20pm

Closing General Session

Marilyn Sherman, CSP, CPAE  Your SEAT of Success: How to create and sustain a front-row speaking career

Warren Evans Spirit of CAPS Award

2021 Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame Induction




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