Build and nurture your online network to benefit your offline life.

That’s the focus of No Longer Virtual 2020 and here’s the agenda:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

8:00AM - Continental Breakfast and Welcome

Hosted by Sarah Elkins and Elkins Consulting Inc.

8:30am - 9:00am

Make the most of #NLVChicago2020, Storytelling to Build Relationships
Hosted by Sarah Elkins

Robert Downs, photographer, chats with Sarah Elkins at #NLVAtlanta2019

Robert Downs, photographer, chats with Sarah Elkins at #NLVAtlanta2019

Topic Tie-In: Sharing the right stories at the right time, with the right audience, paired with active listening and the intention to connect authentically are the keys to building and nurturing a supportive network.

Summary: This is the session to set the tone for #NLVChicago2020! Sarah will walk the group through some active listening techniques, and ideas for mining your experience for appropriate stories to share with each other for the rest of the event.

9:15am - 10:15am

LinkedOn: How to Supercharge Your LinkedIn Experience and Make it Work for You
hosted by Zach Messler & shelly elsliger

Topic Tie-In: All relationships depend on our ability to communicate effectively. This is the foundation for #NLV.

Shelly Elsliger

Shelly Elsliger

Summary: You see them in your feed.

You see the engagement…

The content…

The amazing profile stories…

And, you just know they’re making connections, generating leads and creating business…

But how? How do people become so good at LinkedIn? What’s their secret?


In this session, we’ll pull back the curtain and share simple strategies you can implement immediately to supercharge your own LinkedIn experience, grow your brand, and propel your business.

Objectives for the session:

  • The critical components of a killer LinkedIn presence

  • The steps to build a recognizable brand on a platform with millions trying to do the same

  • Social reciprocity, and how to make it work

  • A checklist for cravable you get people waiting for what’s next

  • The key to generating leads without spending ad dollars

  • How to supercharge your LinkedIn experience in 15 minutes/day

10:45pm - 12:15PM

Turn your ideas into action - with intention
hosted by kris macc & Craig Thomason

Kris Macc

Kris Macc

Craig Thomason

Craig Thomason

Topic Tie-In: You have brilliant ideas, you have the network to support them and make them successful, now it’s time to take action.

Summary: In this hands-on workshop, you will learn what it takes to prioritize your ideas, the necessity of mindset to implement change, and the steps to take action.

1:15pm - 2:45 PM

Hannah Bratterud

Hannah Bratterud

A “non-sales” sales workshop: engage your audience and grow your revenue - one conversation at a time
Hosted by arlene mendoza & hannah bratterud

Topic Tie-In: Sales is not about “selling,” it’s about creating meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships. Your ability to develop meaningful conversations ultimately leads to rewarding and profitable engagements for all parties involved.

Arlene Mendoza

Arlene Mendoza

Summary: In this interactive workshop, you will learn a useful framework for structuring “sales” conversations in a way that builds trust, is rooted in empathy, and wired for curiosity. We will practice asking questions in order to open up the conversation to uncover pain points. Engagement and revenue growth come from the alignment that happens when your business offerings alleviate pain.

Objectives for this Session

In this session you will…

  • Explore an effective framework for meaningful conversations

  • Formulate questions that can uncover pain points

  • Practice asking pain discovery questions

3:15pm - 5:00pm

Achieving Win-Win Relationships
hosted by Megan Miller & Chris Spurvey

Chris Spurvey

Chris Spurvey

Topic Tie-In: This session will help with reading social-normative verbal/nonverbal cues, the power of observation, and how to draw in others using communication and observation.

Summary: The session will begin at the meeting venue and will shift to the field trip location, The Art Institute of Chicago. Participants will be guided to actively observe people while wandering through the Institute, with specific goals and questions provided by facilitators of the session. The group will debrief at the hotel following the field trip to discuss observations and the application of the session to business and personal success. Megan and Chris will talk participants through some strategies for connecting on a deeper level, based on observations.


  • Open participant mindsets to become more self-aware while observing others (how do you perceive yourself?)

  • Demonstrate the importance of vision and self-motivation in reaching goals

  • Recognize and acknowledge the importance of environment in the context of behavior and observation

Friday, March 13, 2020

NLVDenver2018, Hannah Bratterud

NLVDenver2018, Hannah Bratterud

8:00am - 9:00am - Continental breakfast

Hosted by Sarah Elkins and Elkins Consulting Inc.

Let’s get started on Day Two with coffee, pastries, and engaging conversation!

9:00am - 10:30am

One Flat Tire Will Spin A Car Off Course – Nurturing Your Emotional Health
Hosted by Renee Smith & Kevin Strauss

Renee Smith

Renee Smith

Topic Tie-In: As humans we yearn for connection, to feel heard, and valued because it nurtures our emotional health which drives our behaviors. The more connected we feel at work and home the greater our opportunities to thrive!

Summary: Like the four tires of a car having just one inflated or one flat will cause it to run poorly. A person’s well-being is the same and our emotional health is often the first to deflate which presents as destructive behaviors. In this session, we’ll explore the critical role connection plays in emotional health and practice several techniques pre-, on-site, and post-conference. What you learn about relationships and emotional health today you’ll be able to implement at work and home tomorrow.

Objectives for the session:

  • Understanding emotional health, connection and its role in driving behaviors

  • Connect authentically with attendees pre- and post-conference using the Uchi app (if desired)

  • Practice multiple techniques for connecting with attendees, in-person, which will translate to your work and home environments

  • Reflect together and privately on how your relationships (e.g. work, home) impact you and how nurturing them can support your emotional health and overall well-being.

11:00am - 12:30Pm

answer your toughest professional questions with your tribe at NLV
hosted by your tribe

Amy Blaschka and Melissa Hughes at #NLVDenver2018

Amy Blaschka and Melissa Hughes at #NLVDenver2018

Topic Tie-In: We tried this structured session at #NLVDenver in 2018 and heard from participants that it was one of their favorite sessions, so we're doing it again, but with a few small tweaks. Tabletop discussions will begin with a theme, and will be hosted and facilitated by an NLV participant. Each theme will be discussed for 20 minutes, and then participants will rotate through the room. We’ll have three micro-sessions.

Summary: This time will be spent getting to know each other, and clarifying your vision for time spent among these incredible individuals.

Speed Session Topics:

  • Mindfulness Doesn’t Require Awkward Positions and Closed Eyes - hosted by Shelley Brown

  • Charisma: Principles to Grow With - hosted by Joe Kwon

  • Improve Your Memory for Names and Faces - hosted by Thomas Jackson

  • Your Biggest Business Challenge - hosted by Benjamin Walker

  • Leveraging Video on LinkedIn - hosted by Heather Younger

Prepare for the session: Be sure to connect with other participants prior to #NLVChicago so you're familiar with your tribe.

objectives for the session

Benjamin Walker and John White at #NLVDenver2018

Benjamin Walker and John White at #NLVDenver2018

  • Spend time with a majority of the participants

  • Collaborate on answers to your most difficult business and career questions

  • Review prior sessions to dig more deeply and process the material and content

hosted lunch

Get to know some of your NLV tribe on a deeper level, breaking bread and sharing ideas over lunch!

NLVDenver2018, Mike Johnson, Sarah Elkins

NLVDenver2018, Mike Johnson, Sarah Elkins

1:30pm - 3:00pm

How Does All This Continue? How Do We Apply All We've Learned?
planning session and nlv debrief

You know those conferences you go to where you download all this great information... take copious notes... and then forget it all over the following weeks and months?



At NLV, this doesn’t happen.

In this interactive session, NLV facilitators are available to discuss your next steps, so you can bring the sessions together and make what you’ve learned habitual.

You'll get a close-up view of each facilitator’s ideas, as well as their expectations for participants and themselves in the coming months. With the help of our facilitators, you’ll get a clear roadmap of your next steps, as well as how to follow up to encourage accountability.


With many conferences, the return to our normal routine means the loss of the motivation and energy created at the event. Your facilitators will help you identify the triggers you need, the follow-up you choose, and the challenges you'll face to continue your motivation long after the conference ends.



  1. Set expectations for yourself to continue the growth you started at the conference.

  2. Identify the challenges you'll face after the conference, and develop strategies to face those challenges.

  3. Develop a plan to continue what you started here and plans to follow up with those participants you connected with.

  4. Better understand what you can do to help others solve problems, and build your tribe to help you succeed.

  5. Provide feedback to conference organizers and facilitators to make the next NLV even better.

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