The Spring 2018 Suburban Speakers Academy Program
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
All sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Technology Education Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Session 1 – March 3: Orientation, Professional Awareness and Topic DevelopmentWe’ll have an overview of the course, highlight the importance of the speaking profession, and then help you 1) identify your area of expertise and 2) how to define and refine your topic for your target audience.
Session 2 – March 17: Presenting and Performing, Platform MechanicsDeveloping your skills as a speaker includes your commitment to the profession, the art of presentations skills, and the logistics of speaking from the stage. You’ll learn about everything from “owning the room” to managing the microphone.
Session 3 – April 7: Sales and Marketing, Professional RelationshipsSuccess in the speaking business depends on your ability to sell and market your services. This class discusses successful strategies for positioning yourself to the people who hire speakers, the importance of the sales cycle, and the marketing techniques to get booked.
Session 4 – April 21: Authorship and ProductsGiving a speech isn’t the only way professional speakers build their businesses. Learn how to expand your platform and profits through books, workbooks, CDs, webinars and other products/services.
Session 5 – May 5: Managing Your BusinessYou can be great on the stage, but a lot of your success will depend on what happens behind the scenes. This session focuses on how to set up and maintain the business side of speaking, so you can move this from a hobby into a profit center.
Session 6 – May 19: Putting it All Togetherr-Best Practices / GraduationTime to take a bow! You’ve gone through the 10-module workbook, heard from top-notch speakers, and now it’s time to give your own speech. Everyone gets a little stage time. Then we end the class by celebrating with the representatives of the NSA Illinois board and our very own chapter CSPs.
The investment in your future success is $795, which includes six 4-hour classes. NSA Illinois’ Speakers Academy and Speaker University alumni may attend for a $195 reviewer fee. Reviewers also must complete the application.
Please note: once accepted and registered for NSA Illinois’ Speakers Academy, your program tuition will not be refunded.