Speak Up Summer Camp:
Crafting & Delivering Killer Presentations to
Boost Your Business or Career
June 1-July 20,2017

Want to become a great public speaker or hone your existing speaking skills? You can! Have you been asked to give a presentation and are scared to death, don’t know where to start, or are overwhelmed with how to pull it off? Fear no more! Want to really wow your audience/client and get spin off speaking gigs? Look no further! retro microphone and red curtainSpeak Up is a coaching and training program for aspiring speakers, as well as speakers with experience that want to “up their game” and knock it out of the park! Drawing upon my background as a performer, lawyer, professional speaker, and speaker coach, I will pull the speaker out of you so that you can ace your speaking engagements with confidence. I have successfully presented this speaking program live in many locations across the U.S., including New York, Seattle and New Orleans. Now I am offering it as a virtual program so that you can take advantage of it no matter where you live from the comfort of your own home or office. No travel expenses involved! It is ultra convenient. All you need is a phone and/or computer.

FullSizeRenderAnd it gets even better.

I had the pleasure of co-presenting this program live in 2013 in New Orleans with a colleague of mine. And it got rave reviews! So I’m inviting this colleague to be a guest faculty member for this LMG University program, and co-facilitate it along with me. And she’s not just anyone. My partner in crime is Monica Ricci, who is an accomplished speaker extraordinaire. In fact, Monica and I have shared the stage together a few times now with amazing results. We have been called The Dynamic Duo! (Click here to check out my blog post about how Monica and I came together to present this program live a few years ago in New Orleans!)

lisa-simplejoyliving“Speak Up was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken! Lisa and Monica shared a wealth of information based on their many years of speaking experience. In just 8 weeks, I felt like I had received years of training. The course content was incredibly rich and I continue to refer back to the handouts and notes as I increase my speaking services. Whether you have never taken the stage or you’ve been speaking for a while, you’re sure to learn something in this course!”

~Lisa Luken, Simple Joy Living

maryannI was recently asked by my peers, who made the most impact on me at the NAPO New Orleans 2013 conference. My answer was very easy… The bar was set for my first time NAPO conference at a Pre-Conference Presentation called, Speak Up! Deliver Killer Presentationswith Lisa Montanaro and Monica Ricci. They were amazing! I almost wish I would have seen them at the end, because nothing compared to them for me…sorry Keynote Speakers. These two ladies spoke upand delivered a KILLER PRESENTATION!

~ Maryann Peters, LG Fairmont Group, New York, NY

Join us for this amazing 8 week teleclass-based group program (with video components included) that will help you:
  • Conduct engaging, informative and interactive presentations for audiences large and small.
  • Learn how to prepare and deliver presentations of different types, lengths, and targeted to different audiences.
  • Improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles.
  • Inspire and motivate participants, exude confidence and enthusiasm, and establish credibility.
  • Overcome your fear of public speaking and use that fear to your advantage.Meeting-group
  • Increase speaking confidence.
  • Discover how to connect with the audience, use humor, and let your unique personality and style shine.
  • Learn how to effectively handle speaking snafus, such as interruptions, hecklers, and technical difficulties.
  • Get coaching and feedback from two professional speakers who make a significant portion of their income through speaking.
  • Learn how to use speaking as an income stream and a marketing funnel to build your business.

Whether conducting trainings, workshops, keynotes, or any other type of presentation, this program will help you become a more dynamic speaker!

miriamLisa and Monica really know how to speak, and how to teach others how to speak, and how to have fun doing it. I was already a speaker, but came away with some really practical and easy to implement ways to improve what I was already doing. It’s the little things that make all the difference and they covered them all. My next few gigs went smoothly and my confidence improved because I had a plan for structuring my talk, and what shoes to wear! Investing in learning from these two was one of the best business decisions I’ve made.

~ Miriam Ortiz y Pino CPO®

Two years ago I took Lisa Montanaro & Monica Ricci’s ‘Speak Up Summer Camp Virtual Class.’ I had a great time and learned so much about becoming a better public speaker. They helped me learn where to look for speaking opportunities, how to craft better talks, and feel more at ease giving them. I know you will enjoy this opportunity presented by these fantastic women.

~ Jennifer Lava, Professional Organizer, Austin, TX

Why a Speaking Program, and Why This One in Particular?

Business Man Giving A ConferenceMany entrepreneurs want to add speaking to their menu of services to boost their income and credibility. Through speaking, you can add an entirely new and profitable income stream to your business. If you are already speaking, you can increase your speaking fee as you gain more skills and confidence as a speaker. And of course, you can always speak to get more clients, as speaking is an amazing marketing tool. But many entrepreneurs are still not comfortable with speaking before a live audience due to lack of confidence and know-how! Most speaking programs out there focus mostly (some only) on speaking as a marketing tool. This program will include a marketing component, but will also deliver real nuts and bolts (skills and tools) with regard to the craft of speaking. A program only focusing on speaking as a marketing stream misses the boat. You have to be a dynamic speaker to knock it out of the park in the first place or no one will ever ask you to speak again, let alone pay you to do so! This program will also provide a supportive, fun, and professional environment to ask questions, get answers, share ideas. And for those that choose to do a video submission, it will also provide a much-needed opportunity to practice and get feedback.

What Makes This Speaking Program Different Than Others Out There?

Monica and LisaMonica and I offer a totally unique perspective on how to add pizazz to your speaking engagements! As a speaker, I tap into my performance background to bring in acting, improv, skits, role-playing, characters, accents, humor, and singing and dancing to my speaking engagements (yes, for real!).

Monica brings in her wit, charm, down to earth style and humor to wow her audiences (this girl is funny, let me tell you!). We want it to be your turn! We will teach you to use everything in your bag of tricks, but in a strategic and professional way that draws clients and audiences to you, not repels them. You will learn how to develop “stage presence” in your speaking engagements so you can shine.

deborahLisa and Monica’s Speak Up Program was brilliantly executed! They provided solid advice in an easy to understand format which will help you implement what you’ve learned very quickly. I’d recommend their program to anyone who wants to be a speaker or grow their existing speaking business. An added bonus is Lisa’s high energy and Monica’s sense of humor!

~ Deborah J. Cabral, CPO®, The DeClutter Coach

The Interactive Nature of This Program

Our style will be interactive to encourage participation. We will be posing questions of participants, expect participants to ask questions and participate in exercises. Participants will be given the opportunity, on a voluntary basis (we won’t force you if you don’t want to!), to submit a video of you presenting/speaking, which will then be viewed by the participants and us through private video links. Participants will receive constructive and positive feedback in a safe environment so that they can continue to practice and know what to focus on to improve. You will have the opportunity to watch/listen to other participants present, which will reinforce different presentation styles and uniqueness.

Here’s What You Will Get as Part of the Speak Up Summer Camp Program

  • phone_call8 weeks of group coaching calls with your co-facilitators, Lisa & Monica, and your fellow Speak Up group members covering powerful content to help you become a dynamic public speaker. These calls will be open line allowing for interaction and discussion. This is key to a group program — the opportunity to ask your questions live with other members. (Some of the best learning happens from listening to others’ questions andLisa & Monica’s answers!). The program has a group coaching element to it. Each session will have a designated topic to guide the discussion for that evening. Lisa & Monica will cover the content, and serve as co-facilitators and coaches to provide motivation and accountability. Come prepared to share ideas, ask questions and learn from each other, not just from Lisa & Monica!
  • Mp3 player with clipping pathMp3 recordings of all calls. Can’t make the live calls? No problem! All teleclasses will be recorded.
  • Course materials – Throughout the program, handouts will be provided to reinforce the topics. Handouts may include articles, outlines, templates, checklists, exercises and samples. Handouts will be provided in advance or immediately following class in electronic format.
  • facebook_pagePrivate Facebook group – Where you can network and mastermind with other members, gather feedback, ask questions, AND have access to Lisa & Monica during the entire program (yes, Lisa & Monica will be personally monitoring the page and interacting and engaging with members the entire 8 weeks). In between calls, you will work on your homework assignments and you’ll receive support from Lisa & Monica and other participants the entire way through.
  • LMG University Degree – Certificate of Course Completion.Certificate / Diploma template with red and gold border
  • Status as an LMG University Alumni which provides you with discounts on future LMG University courses, programs and retreats.

Special Bonus for the First 5 People to Register

(If you are one of the first 5 to register, watch your email for your special gifts.)


An audio interview of Lisa Montanaro titled “Breakthrough to Big: Speaking as a Breakthrough Moment for an Entrepreneur” from a telesummit she participated in as a guest expert hosted by Cathy Goodwin.


An ebook by Monica Ricci titled “Your Life Organized: It’s Not About The Stuff.”

hazelI took the inaugural Speak Up!” workshop at the NAPO 2013 Conference in New Orleans. The material was comprehensive and useful; and the presenters were entertaining and inspiring. If you have hesitated to speak publicly, hesitate no more — Lisa and Monica will tell you everything you need to know, put you at ease, and make you laugh while they’re at it!

~ Hazel Thornton, Organized For Life

Schedule & Description of Sessions


June 1 to July 20.


Calls will be open line style via teleclass line, and start at 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain and 4 pm Pacific. They will be 90 minutes in length and will always be recorded!


Week 1
  • The Art & Craft of Public Speaking
  • What is Public Speaking? Purpose & Aim
  • Elements of Public Speaking
  • Effective Orators
  • Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking
Week 2
  • Crafting the Presentation
  • Content
  • Pre-Engagement Rituals
  • Setting Audience Expectations
  • Structure of Presentation
  • Creating Your Outline
Week 3
  • Delivery – Communication
  • Verbal Communication
  • Non-Verbal Communication
Week 4
  • Delivery – Connection
  • Tailoring Content & Delivery to the Audience
  • The Art of Engagement: Adding Humor and Authenticity
  • Choosing Your Signature Stories
  • Connecting Using Technology
Week 5
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Handling Distractions
  • Improvising
  • Mastering Q&A
  • Uncooperative Audience Members
  • Technology Snafus
Week 6
  • Groups/target markets to speak for and how to reach them
  • Organizations to consider joining: Toastmasters & NSA
  • Speaking as Marketing Tool
    • Seeding your talks to get clients or to sell products
    • Non-monetary compensation: What to ask for if speak for free
  • Speaking as Income Stream: Pricing out your presentations/overcoming fee objections
Week 7
  • The Business of Being a Speaker
    • Speaker Marketing Materials –
      • You Tube channel, demo video, Speaker One Sheet, Speaker Kit, Speaking page on website
    • Open Q&A on marketing yourself as a speaker
Week 8
  • Putting It All Together
  • Increase Speaking Confidence
  • Constant Evaluation
  • Post-Speaking Rituals & Practices
  • Skill Check
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Video Submissions Review & Feedback

Now is the Perfect Time to Participate in a Program Like This

This program can be done from the comfort of your own home or office. That is the beauty of a virtual program. All you need is your telephone, and perhaps a computer/tablet/smart phone if you want to take it a step further. It is an ideal time to take a professional development program and learn something that will improve your skills, and add to your business’ bottom line. Come spring, you are ready to roll, booking those speaking gigs, reaping the benefits of the program. So get ready to have fun while learning how to be a dynamic speak.

Who Are Your Speak Up Co-Facilitators?

Lisa Montanaro


You can read my formal Bio and some fun facts about me and my business here. My official titles are Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker & Author. But what I’m sure you really want to know is what makes me qualified to facilitate a program about the art and craft of public speaking. I have a life long love affair and proficiency with the spoken word (just ask my teachers who scolded me for talking too much in class when I was a kid!) If there was a stage, soap box, or any other place to speak, I was on it. Indeed, I grew up on stage as a performer, served as an instructor and interpreter of the deaf (yes, I can “speak” sign language), and practiced law for 9 years in and out of courtrooms.

Once I became an entrepreneur in 2002, I originally started speaking to get more business as a coach and consultant, and then quickly turned it into one of my main income streams. I qualified to become a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) in 2008, which requires 25 paid gigs a year. Since then, I have had the pleasure of delivering hundreds of live presentations for regional and national conferences, corporations, associations, and in numerous workplace settings, as well as be a guest on radio and cable TV, and deliver online teleclasses and webinars. I was the leader of the Speaking for Fees Special Interest Group of the National Association of Professional Organizers from 2011-2013. I am a member of the Association of Training & Development (ASTD), and a frequent presenter for that group.

I have served as a private speaking coach to many people over the years, including police officers, politicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, organizers, rabbis — even a farmer! And lastly, I have presented this exact program live on many occasions to rave results, and started noticing how many people wanted to take it but couldn’t be in the exact place at the exact time. That sparked the idea to make this virtual and well, here we are.

Oh and did I mention that I like to talk? 🙂 Actually, here is the REAL reason why I speak. “It is a great thrill and honor to use the public speaking platform as a way to change peoples lives, impact their work, and to ultimately contribute to the transformation of society and this world. Exploring new places and engaging with new people is one of my favorite things to do. I find people and places fascinating and am a lifelong learner that tries to see the world as an amazing school that can constantly fill me up with knowledge and insight. Traveling around the U.S. and hopefully soon, the world, as one of my goals is to speak globally to share what Ive gleaned from my background as a performer, educator, mediator, lawyer, entrepreneur, coach, consultant and writer is an absolute joy and privilege. I love to connect with audiences that are hungry for something new something that just might positively shift their thinking, their business/career, and their lives.” ~ Lisa Montanaro

Raves for Lisa Montanaro

Amy RehkemperLisa delivered on her promise to provide high-level content backed up by real-life examples garnered from her years of experience as a business coach and successful entrepreneur running her own business. She not only gives you solid tips and tools, but answers tons of questions and does mini-coaching moments on the spot so that attendees can tailor the content to their own businesses and learn from hearing her answers to other attendees. She is approachable, funny, and whip-smart too! What a winning combination! Attendees said they got their money’s worth and more, and were excited to implement the best practices into their businesses. Want to ensure that your business building event is a success? Make sure it includes Lisa Montanaro!

~ Amy Rehkemper, NAPO Baltimore Chapter

T AngelaPloetz“Shes bright and shiny on a dreary day, she sings, she dances, shes a Professional Organizer, oh and did I mention shes an attorney too? Shes Lisa Montanaro, and she was one of our favorite teleclass guest experts last year. Lisa can answer all those pressing questions you have been afraid to ask or didnt know where to turn to for the answers. Lisa is multi-talented, but what I really like about her is her approachability.”

~Angela Ploetz, A Red Bench

yonkers“Your ‘Dynamic Presentations: Stand and Deliver’ workshop was very valuable. The practical experience of speaking in front of a group and getting instant feedback was great. I learned techniques that I will utilize immediately. Thank you.”

~ John Flynn, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Yonkers, NY Fire Department

Monica Ricci

Monica-RicciMonica Ricci founded Catalyst Organizing, LLC in 1998 and is a Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker, trainer, author, blogger, media spokesperson and productivity consultant. She presents workshops and keynotes on time management, getting organized and living a simple, powerful life. Monica has appeared in hundreds of national publications, on Fox & Friends and CNN and has been a spokesperson for several Fortune 500 companies.

A leader in her industry, she is a recipient of the National Association of Professional Organizers President’s Award as well as the Founders’ Award, her industry’s highest honor. Monica is committed to helping individuals change their lives by changing their environments, their habits, and their ability to manage time and priorities through her interactive speaking, workshops and training programs.

Her upbeat style and enthusiastic attitude engage audience members so they leave having both learned and laughed. Monica believes teaching people new skills, helping them clarify their priorities and inspiring them to act enables them to dramatically transform their lives and discover their purpose and passions. Monica is the author of Organize Your Office In No Time, a busy person’s guide to being more effective and productive at work.

She has written for and been quoted in hundreds of national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Newsday, Investors Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, InStyle Magazine, Mens Edge and Advisor Today Magazine. She has served as a media spokesperson for Office Depot, Rubbermaid, JCPenney, Dymo, Chase, Beazer Homes and several other Fortune 500 companies and was named one of the nation’s “Organizing Elite” by Forbes Magazine.

As a speaker, she presents seminars and keynotes on time management, overcoming procrastination and living a simple, joyful, powerful life. Her speaking clients include Coca-Cola, EarthLink, Longhorn, Paramount Pictures, the U.S. Court of Appeals, GE Capital, Special Olympics Georgia, the U.S. Army, The National Head Start Association, Oklahoma State University and Kennesaw State University.

Raves for Monica Ricci

“Thanks for a great learning experience. I can definitely say that your ideas are already paying big dividends for me!”

~ Brad Feldser, Kennesaw State University

“Thank you so much for all of the great ideas, but especially for taking the time to understand us, our business and our issues. You’ve made a big difference to our bottom line.”

~ Tom Testa, President, Horizon Signs and Graphics

“I thought your presentation was the best I’ve been to on the problem of clutter and disorganization. I believe what set you apart was condensing it all into those five principles, which for me, had the impact of a fastball to the jaw.”

~ Georgia Dzurica, WORDz, A Writing Resource

“I really enjoyed your presentation, far more than I have other events. I found you to be very funny, precise and TIME CONSCIOUS! It must be a side benefit of being organized.”

~ Michael Baker, Greater Atlanta Business Coalition

What You Will Experience as Part of the Speak Up Summer Camp Program


The practical steps, and know-how delivered in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step style. This is where you get to tap into our experience as speakers, including our lessons learned along the way!


Coaching to ask the questions that peel back the layers, dig deep and get to the core of your speaking.


Mentoring to advise you through any learning curves and inspire you to play a bigger game. We are open to sharing our own lessons learned and success principles, as we find that one of the best ways to learn is by listening to people talk candidly about their mistakes made and what they learned from them along the way.


Masterminding so that we can brainstorm ideas together as a group and come up with solutions that are exciting and stretch you, but are also realistic.

Support & Accountability:

Support & Accountability from a group that believes in you and wants you to succeed as a speaker. Think of us as your kick-butt speaking coaches, fearless leaders who have forged the path before you, and cheerleaders all rolled into one. And the other members of Speak Up will be our trusty side-kicks offering their own support and accountability too!

If you want results and are ready to Speak Up, then join us!

Your Investment

Many people have been asking me to share this type of content and create a virtual program like this for years. And I am thrilled to finally be able to share it with you, and to co-facilitate it with my friend and colleague Monica Ricci. But we don’t want finances to keep you from becoming a dynamic public speaker! So we have kept this program affordable.

The program is only $797!

2638585PLUS, You Can Take Advantage of a Private Coaching Upgrade with Lisa

If you want one-on-one private coaching with Lisa any time during the program (or for 30 days after), you have the option of upgrading and adding on a 3-session bundle at the special rate of only $499 (which is $100 savings, as a single Strategy Session with Lisa is $200, so 3 sessions would regularly cost $600). Lisa only offers this upgrade in conjunction with an LMGU program – you will not be able to book this in any other way. This option is available for purchase only until the end of the Speak Up program, and all 3 sessions must be used within 30 days after it ends.

Even at FULL price, you’ll get this 12-hour intensive, info-packed, soup-to-nuts speaking class for only $67 per hour!

Wait! If you’re registering with a friend, please use the link in the Bring a Friend Special Offer section below! That is the only way to get the special discount as part of that program.

Speak Up Summer Camp Program

Full Pay Option

BEST VALUE: 1 payment of only $797.

Easy Pay Option

OR 2 easy payments of $435 each if you prefer to spread the investment out over time

Speak Up Summer Camp Program with Private Coaching Upgrade

Full Pay Option

1 payment of only $1296 (1 payment of only $797 plus the private coaching upgrade of only $499).

Easy Pay Option

2 payments of only $684.50 (for program and private coaching upgrade combined)

That’s an amazingly affordable price to spend 8 weeks learning how to be a dynamic speaker!

Bring-a-Friend Special Offer

Want to take Speak Up with a friend or colleague? You can! 

For the first time, we are offering a special which allows two friends to register for Speak Up together and get a great deal! You each get $200 off of registration. Yup, you read that right! That’s an overall savings of $400 between the two of you. (And don’t forget that if you register before May 15th, you get the extra savings of the Early Bird Rate!).

The catch? You must register at one time. Click on the link below and follow the instructions. You will need to purchase under one name, and then can add your friend’s name during registration. Then the two of you can split the registration any way you want. Simple. 

Why are we offering this option? Because we noticed that when friends take these types of programs together, they cheer each other on, hold each other accountable, practice together, and often even develop presentations together.

So grab a friend and come join us! At this special rate, you would be crazy not to!


** PLEASE NOTE that the Bring-a-Friend Offer is not available retroactively after you have already registered. It must be selected at the time of purchase and the full Bring-a-Friend rate must be paid. Thank you for your understanding. 

LMGU Alumni

To thank you for your loyalty, you get a special rate for this program. Please contact Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com to get the special LMGU Alumni rate!

NAPO Members

NAPO is a professional association that Monica and Lisa belong to and cherish. If you are a NAPO member, please contact Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com to get the special NAPO Member coupon code!

If you have any questions, email Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com.

Raves for LMG University

natasharickertWow! Where do I begin when it comes to sharing about the bottom line impact that the Successfully Self Employed Semester offered by LMG University has had on my business, goals and perspective?! Some of the value I received in participating in this 12 week program was knowing that Im going to save a ton of time and money implementing what I learned, versus stumbling around on my own trying to figure it out. During SSES, we thoroughly discussed the crucial topics needed to be a successful business owner. Due to Lisas exceptional expertise, as well as the camaraderie and team spirit of the participants, I accomplished several goals and tasks promptly and efficiently while learning how to increase my sales, legally protect, and automate my business. Belonging to a group of entrepreneurs who come with their unique backgrounds and experiences complimented by Lisas invaluable knowledge and business savvy, we were able to walk through personal and professional fears, and gain broader perspectives around what may be going on behind the scenes. We addressed some of the deeper issues holding us and our businesses back. What a gift to receive on-the-spot input, ideas and constructive feedback regarding my elevator speech, marketing materials, legal business status, and so much more. If youre looking for a program that will show you how to maximize results and profits over the long haul, I highly recommend Lisa Montanaros Successfully Self Employed Semester.

~ Natasha Rickert, www.EnergytoOrganize.com