The NSA-IL 2022 speakers Academy Program
March 26, April 2, April 23, April 30, May 14, May 21, 2022
Build your speaking business in just 6 sessions - with the guidance of established professional speakers!
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 VIRTUALLY on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sessions will include:
ORIENTATION, PROFESSIONAL AWARENESS AND TOPIC DEVELOPMENT - March 26
We’ll have an overview of the course, highlight the importance of the speaking profession, and All help you 1) identify your area of expertise and 2) how to define and refine your topic for your target audience.
CONNECTING AND ENGAGING WITH YOUR VIRTUAL AUDIENCE - APRIL 2
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 be it on-site or virtual You’ll learn how to connect and engage with your audience whether they are 10 yards or 1,000 miles away from you!
Guest Faculty: Allie Pleiter
SALES AND MARKETING & PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS - April 23
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.
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT/STREAMS OF INCOME - APRIL 30
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: Jeannie Walters
MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS - MAY 14
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: Carl Seidman, CSP
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER-BEST PRACTICES AND GRADUATION - MAY 21
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 only) 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