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847-991-0772 or Christy.Moore@nsa-il.org

President's Letter | OCTOBER 2022

Hello, Fellow Speaker!

In case time appears to be flying for you this time of the year, as it is for me, here is a brief rundown of exactly what you'll want to know about NSA IL current happenings:

  • In-person event: Experience the never-disappointing NSA energy in the room Nov. 11, @ NIU - Naperville campus. Program details below- register today and get it in your calendar asap!
  • Speakers Academy: Maybe it is you or someone you know who may benefit the most- NSA IL is hosting a Spring Academy - save $ and register as an early bird. Details below.
  • NSA National: Register for anything at the National NSA level and be sure you identify yourself as a NSA IL member by inputting "NSAIL" as the registration code.
  • Get the most out of your membership: Have an interest/experience in Marketing, Programming/Events, DEI efforts, or Membership Experience? NSA IL can use your expertise. Ask Christy how you can increase your involvement and generate even more value of your membership by getting you involved in the committee of your choosing.

And just because I love it when people suggest a simple hack that makes my life easier...

Keep on top of all of the NSA IL happenings with one click- subscribe to our NSA IL event Google Calendar or, just remember to reserve the second Friday morning of each month for NSA IL, join our NSA IL Members Only Facebook page, and check our website for regular updates on upcoming programs.

Whether you have been a speaker for decades, are just starting to think about speaking as a profession or are anywhere in between - our goal is to consistently provide programming that adds value to everyone who desires to be a better speaker and build a better business.

I hope to see you Friday, November 11 at NIU-Naperville for our Power Up Speaker extravaganza!

With gratitude,
Meg Bucaro
2022-2023 NSA-IL President

Join NSA Illinois for the first of its three IN PERSON events of the 2022-2023 programming year!

During this fun and fast-paced program, you'll participate in three power sessions designed to deliver practical strategies and easy-to-implement ideas to grow your speaking business.

Each power session starts with a 10-minute instructional presentation. We'll then break into roundtable skill sessions, where you can continue the brainstorming, idea generation, and skill application with your speaking peers. (More details about our presenters and roundtable leaders will be coming soon - watch your email for details!)

We'll also be celebrating NSA-IL's own Stacey Hanke, who was inducted into the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)® Speaker Hall of Fame.

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in the following five categories: message, presentation and delivery, experience, professionalism, and collateral material.


Professional speaking is a lucrative—but challenging—profession. NSA Illinois’ Speakers Academy provides the resources you need to understand the business of speaking.

During this fun and information-packed 6-session virtual program, you'll gain practical insights from established and experienced professional speakers. Get answers to pressing questions like:

  • How do I position / differentiate myself?
  • What topics will I speak on?
  • How do I market myself to be a successful speaker?
  • What sales techniques are most appropriate?
  • Who are my core customers? Corporations, Non-Profit, Associations, Individuals, All of them?
  • What streams of revenue can I generate? Keynotes / Workshops/ Online / Seminars / Social Media?
  • How do I not run foul of IRS and not go to jail? (Sorry, that should read, How do I manage my business in a professional manner?)
  • How do I become a more impactful speaker?

And when you register by November 14, you'll save $100 on your tuition.


The National Speakers Association has launched a chapter rewards program. Whenever you register for a national program, event, membership or other offering using code NSAIL, our chapter will earn a share of the revenue.

This is an easy way to generate needed revenue for the chapter. Thanks in advance for your help!

Can You Lend a Hand?

It takes hundreds of volunteer hours to make our chapter run smoothly. Can we count on you to lend a hand?

Whether you're willing to head up a committee or simply want to volunteer for a few hours, we have room for you and would welcome you input and assistance! Please contact Christy Moore to start the conversation.

Never miss an event! Use this link to get the NSA-IL Google calendar!


About Meg

Meg Bucaro, M.A., is a communications strategist, college instructor and business owner who is passionate about empowering clients to perform at their highest level by communicating with power.

Whether she is in a boardroom, courtroom, classroom or Zoom breakout room, Meg works with clients on how to formally present with impact, utilize body language to gain influence and communicate with intention and power. Meg brings her expertise, sense of humor and passion to each class, session and event.

When it comes to kicking back, Meg enjoys spending time with her family, soaking in the Midwest weather on her patio with a cocktail and a good book, or going for a nice long jog. Any given Sunday in the fall, this avid Chicago Bears fan can be found cheering on her beloved Bears, regardless of their record.

Stop Wishing and Start Speaking!

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Questions? Read our FAQs, or contact Christy Moore at 847-991-0772 and Christy.Moore@nsa-il.org

Want to Know More about the Chapter? See our chapter officers and directors.

Find Out More:

Christy Moore, CMP
National Speakers Association Illinois Chapter
45 Delaware Court, Schaumburg IL 60193 

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