"The Message of You" Conference in Los Angeles
Tell Your Story ~ Find Your Message ~ Launch Your Speaking Career

Turn Your Story into a Money-making Speaking Career

This conference is geared to writing and marketing your message for a paying audience and hooking you up with professionals who can make that happen.

Friday to Sunday
October 25 - 27, 2013
LAX Westin Hotel
Los Angeles, California

$109/night discounted rate available for early sign ups

Guest Speakers and Teachers

Tim Bagley

Finding Your Story and Making it Funny

Tim Bagley is one of the most sought-after character actors in the entertainment industry. He is most recognized for his roles as "Harold Krenshaw" on "Monk", and "Larry" on "Will and Grace," or as "Dr. Pellagrino" in Judd Apatow's films, "This Is 40," and "Knocked Up." And is currently starring with Lisa Kudrow as "Richard Pratt" on Showtime's "Web Therapy."

From 1989 through 1995 he wrote and performed with the prestigious comedy and improvisational troupe, "The Groundlings," earning two LA Weekly Awards.

Paul S. Levine

How to Turn Your Message into a Published Book

Mr. Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and television rights in and to books. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 adult, young adult, and children's fiction and non-fiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.

Cindy Chupack

Making the Most Out of Your Messes

Ms. Chupack has been tremendously successful in turning life's mishaps into stand-up comedy, TV shows, and books. She will speak on how you can use your issues and problems to propel you to success.

Cindy is best known as an Emmy-winning TV writer/producer whose credits include Modern Family, Sex and the City and Everybody Loves Raymond. Author of New York Times bestseller “The Between Boyfriends Book” her new comic memoir about marriage “The Longest Date: Life as a Wife” will be published by Viking in Jan ’14. Currently writing a TV pilot based on “The Longest Date” for FOX Cindy will write/exec produce and Jake Kasdan will direct/exec produce with his producing partner Melvin Mar for 20th Century Fox TV. Cindy is also writing films and preparing to direct her first feature.

Gina Rubinstein

How to Get Booked on TV as an Expert

Gina Rubinstein is a reality show TV producer who won an Emmy Award as the Executive Producer of Clean House on The Style Network. Ms. Rubinstein has developed, written and produced just about every type of reality show -- documentary, magazine, game, talk, relationship, how-to, hidden-camera and specials. She is currently looking for hosts for her new shows which are in development at various networks.

Mimi Donaldson

How to Turn Free Gigs into Paying Gigs

Mimi is a superstar in the speaking business, keynoting with celebrities for audiences of thousands. Her rare combination of sophisticated humor and solid content makes her one of America’s most popular funny females for the past 25 years.

Mimi has created speeches for executives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs.

She was the “pitch coach” on ABC TV’s American Inventor, coaching the contestants to success persuading the judges and all of America. Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.

Before starting her speaking and coaching business, she was a Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. She is the author of three books: Negotiating for Dummies, selling almost 2 million copies and translated into 6 languages, Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive! and Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life.

SJ Hodges

Discovering Your Signature Story

SJ Hodges is an eleven time published playwright and ghostwriter who completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Award. Her plays have been produced and/or read all over the country. She’s received a MacDowell Colony residency, a Jerome Fellowship and was a Fulbright nominee as well as a Center Theater Group Sherwood finalist. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a MN State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, a WV State Arts Grant and The Pilgrim Project Grant.

Paige Kearin

Getting a Meeting Planner to Notice You

For over a decade, Paige Kearin has worked in the talent industry, She is the founder and president of The Joy Agency which manages speakers and matches clients with the right speakers. Paige has experience working with publishers, has knowledge of the book industry, and her book, Finding Your Sweet Spot  The Path to Success Told by Those Who Live It, is soon to be published.

Kristin Twombly

From a Planner's Perspective

Kristin Twombly is the Global Event Manager for Zynx Health, the market leader in providing decision support software for healthcare organizations.

She is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with ten years' professional event management experience, producing a wide range of events including conferences, meetings, incentive trips, tradeshows, weddings and special events.

Kristin is an active member of the Event Planning Industry, serving on the Programs & Education Committee for the International Special Events Society (LA Chapter) and the Young Leaders Committee for the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives. She is also a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Patti Donnelly

Inside Info on How to Get Booked on a TV Talk Show

TV producer Patti Donnelly gives insider information on how to get booked on a TV talk show. Patti has been working in the industry for nearly a decade in both reality and talk genres. Her credits include Kris, Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, The Ricki Lake Show and Bad Girl’s Club. She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Development at Pitch & Hit Productions and acts as a consultant for on-air talent.

At the conference, Patti will take you through the process of how talk shows decided which experts and authors to book, what materials you need to get noticed, how to reduce your message to essential bullets points, and the behind-the-scenes selection process.

Shannon Gettins

Comedy Coach

Shannon has been wowing audiences as a club and corporate comedienne for the past decade. Her raucous humor and sharp comedic insight won her top spot at the California Comedy Conference in 2006, and took her all the way to the finals of California’s Funniest Female in 2007. Her work has received critical acclaim, including a rave review in the Wall Street Journal online.

In 2005 Shannon began coaching at Judy Carter’s Comedy Workshops and two years later she launched Comedy Relief, teaching stand-up comedy and Improv to adults and teens all over Southern California. She is now the "Dean" and stand up teacher at Flappers University in Burbank, CA.

Angie Austin

Talk Radio Host

Angie Austin worked in TV news for 20 years before making the transition to “Good News” talk radio. Angie worked as a news anchor and weather forecaster on numerous TV stations including NBC4 Los Angeles, FOX6 San Diego, and KWGN Denver. Angie created "The Good News" because she was just plain tired of covering bad news (And because her TV bosses didn't like her cracking jokes and laughing on the air). Her show airs on 3 Denver radio stations, and she has a national radio show in 105 markets. "The Good News” features positive stories of hope, inspiration and victory. Listening to Angie's show is like getting a "radio hug," and who doesn't need a hug?


For the past 15 years, I've been paid very well to entertain and inspire corporate audiences, organizations, and associations with my message. I've woven my stories and humor into several motivational speeches that have given me opportunities to travel the world and build my dream home doing what I love: speaking.

So many of you have asked me how to break into this lucrative market, and that's why I've created this conference. You'll learn how to:

  • Find your message from your stories
  • Pick your bookable topic
  • Write your speech and make it funny
  • Identify your signature heart stories and eureka moments
  • Develop promotional materials that work
  • Create BOR (back of the room) products to increase your income
  • Turn your message into a book and get published
  • Brand yourself as a go-to speaker on your expertise
  • Negotiate contracts

What you know is worth a LOT more than you think.

Based on my new book, "The Message of You," I can show you how to create an impressive speech from virtually ANY part of your professional or personal life experience. It doesn't matter whether you're a teacher, lawyer, doctor, accountant, architect, sales person, psychologist, chocolate taster, incest survivor, recovering alcoholic, or aspiring politician -- learning how to effectively communicate with audiences can AMPLIFY the success you already have -- PLUS bring you the prestige and recognition you deserve.

Come join me and my professional staff to learn everything you need to know to launch your speaking career.

Who is this weekend for?

  • Entertainers
    • Who love making people laugh and want to find higher paying gigs
  • Entrepreneurs
    • Who want to promote their products and services by speaking
  • Survivors
    • Who have an amazing story that they want to tell to larger audiences
  • Toastmaster Speakers
    • Who want to go pro
  • Speakers
    • Who want to get booked by more speaker bureaus (agents)
  • Procrastinators
    • Who need encouragement and direction to get their speaking careers out of first gear




Pre-conference VIP Access Only Workshops with Judy Carter and Guest Speakers*
  • *You must have purchased the VIP Access Package to attend this pre-conference workshop.
    • 8:00 am VIP Attendees Registration
    • 9:00 am Welcome & Introduction with Judy Carter
    • 9:30 am The Wheel of Messages hosted by Tim Bagley
      • Learn to connect your personal stories to more universal messages and larger themes is the focus of this workshop. Using improvisational skills, you’ll learn how to think on your feet and use your intuition to find new stories and explore quick ways to turn them into usable material.
    • 10:45 am Break
    • 11:00 am Finding Your Heart Story & Eureka Moment with Cindy Chupack
      • To really connect with an audience, you have to be willing to reveal your vulnerability, open your heart, and share your most life-changing moments. Ms. Chupack will help you find those stories, and show you how to use them to touch other people’s hearts with your message. Also in this workshop, you'll learn how your Heart Story can be the foundation of a book, television project, movie, or cross platform opportunities.
    • 12:30 pm Working Lunch (Not provided)
      • Partner Work -- Story to Message
    • 1:30 pm Compelling Story Structure with SJ Hodges
      • Telling your story requires more than a chronological list of events. It requires a basic knowledge of dramatic story structure in order to hold an audience’s attention. In this workshop, you’ll get a fast primer on structure but also learn some secrets to keep your listeners on the edge of their seats.
    • 2:45 pm Break
    • 3:00 pm The Pitch Primer with Judy Carter & Mimi Donaldson
      • When you meet agents, managers, meeting planners or even complete strangers, you need to be able to quickly pitch your message, your expertise and your unique voice in a succinct, marketable way.   
    • 4:30 pm Dinner (not provided)
  • 6:00pm Open Conference Registration
  • 7:00pm Defining Your Expertise, Finding Your Topic with Judy Carter & Mimi Donaldson
    • Connecting your credentials to marketable topics will be the focus of this interactive, live Twitter seminar.
  • 8:00pm Your Journey From Mess to Success with Judy Carter
    • Everyone loves a redemption story and in this workshop, you’ll explore and discover and/ or hone the story of your rise from your biggest Mess to your most impressive Success.
  • 9:00pm The Core Premise Formula with Judy Carter
    • To be paid as a speaker you must be able to give ROI (Return on Investment) and have teaching points. In this quick seminar, you will uncover what you can teach an audience from both your credentials and your personal journey.
  • 9:45pm Tim Bagley honors us with a performance!
  • 10:00pm Good night!
  • * VIP Access Package Only


Turning Your Story into a Moneymaking Speech



• Hotel Discount: Only $109/night for early sign-ups. (limited availability)

• Registration Discount: Stay 2 Nights at the LAX Westin and save $25 on registration per room