The Fall 2019 speakers Academy Program
Roosevelt University 425 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
September 7, 14 & 21, October 5, 12 & 19
Each session contains essential information, ranging from improving platform skills to marketing and running your business. Participants will get the tools they need to succeed as professional speakers.
Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Roosevelt University, Wabash Building - Room WB 1015, 425 S.Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
Session 1 – September 7: 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.
Guest Faculty: Kevin O'Connor, CSP
Session 2 – September 14: SALES AND MARKETING & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Success 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.
Guest Faculty: Bill Guertin
Session 3 – September 21: presenting, and performing & platform mechanics
Developing 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.
Guest Faculty: Terry Watson, CSP
Session 4 – October 5: Authorship/new product development
Giving 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 and services.
Guest Faculty: Lori Miller & Rajeev Prayerdashi
Session 5 – October 12: Managing Your Business
You 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.
Guest Faculty: John Blumberg, CSP
SESSION 6 - October 19: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER-BEST PRACTICES and GRADUATION
Time 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.
Guest Faculty: Catherine Johns
The investment in your future success is $795, which includes six 4-hour classes. NSA Illinois’ Speakers Academy alumni (graduates from the last five years) 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, however make-up sessions are available for one year following the current session.Enroll Today