NSA Membership Categories

You’ve got a message and a passion for sharing it. NSA has the tools, the techniques and the professional connections to help you do that more effectively and profitably. We also have a 3,500+ member collective of talented speakers eager to welcome you and swap stories about this exciting business we’re in. It’s really that simple. Our members have all been where you are today. From the yearning to connect with more people through your speaking business to the fears, frustration, and lonely nights on the road...we get it. And we can help you achieve greater levels of success and satisfaction.

There are four National Speakers Association (NSA) membership categories: Academy Member, Professional Member, Professional Affiliate Member, and Honorary Member. Honorary memberships are conferred by the National Board/Executive Committee. All other memberships require an application and the meeting of specific requirements.

Each membership category provides the types of resources and guidance that best suit the holders. With the exception of Professional Affiliate membership, which is for individuals who provide products or services to the speaking industry, NSA members will follow the membership “path” from aspiring speaker through retirement as their skills and their business grow.

Professional Membership

Get access to a wide range of tools and resources, and connect with an extensive network of intelligent and accomplished speakers as an NSA Professional member. Stop working in isolation and start reaping the benefits of membership in an organization built on the principles of mutual support and shared success. Whether you’re striving to reach a wider audience or have a thriving business but are looking to branch out and develop other revenue streams, the information and expertise you have access to through NSA is unparalleled. Join today and start crafting an actionable plan for achieving your goals.

Members enjoy the following 10 Member Benefits. Read more about these benefits.

  • Community access
  • Learning events
  • Virtual learning
  • Speaker magazine
  • Mobile apps
  • Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
  • Members-only content
  • Local chapters
  • Access to tools and resources
  • Member directory

In addition to the 10 Member Benefits, Professional Members enjoy these additional benefits:

  • $100 event credit good toward a future live NSA meeting registration fee (redeemable within two years/non-transferable) *Not valid with any membership discount offer.
  • Exclusive member-only discounts on services to help grow your business from partners such as Revizzit digital publishing platform and C-Suite Book Club.

To be eligible for Professional Membership, you need to meet ONE of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation*:

  • Option 1 – You have received compensation for 20 or more presentations within the 12 months prior to application.
  • Option 2 – You have given 20 or more presentations to audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application.
  • Option 3 – You have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations (number of speaking engagements does not matter) within the 12 months prior to application.

*Supporting documentation can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies, speaker agreements, tax returns or documents showing revenue has been generated as a result of your speaking engagements, or, in the case of option 2, a letter from your employer.

The Professional Membership investment in your business is $640 for the first year and $465 renewal annually.

 

Academy Member

Creating a successful business as a professional speaker is challenging, but NSA has the tools, the resources and the experienced mentors to help pave the way to success. The Academy for Professional Speaking is conducted at the national level (not NSA-KC chapter). Through it you’ll receive training at the annual one-day Cavett Institute, monthly eLearning opportunities, subscriptions to Speaker magazine and the Voices of Experience audio magazine, discounts on NSA national events, and many other benefits.

But more importantly, you’ll learn from a community of accomplished speakers who can provide business-building insight on everything from presentation skills and marketing to product development and authorship. Join today and get moving!

In addition to the 10 Member Benefits, Academy Members enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Essentials of Speaking Profession Workbook and audio program ($79 value).
  • $100 event credit good toward a future live NSA meeting registration fee (redeemable within two years/non-transferable) *Not valid with any membership discount offer.
  • Exclusive member-only discounts on services to help grow your business from partners such as Revizzit digital publishing platform and C-Suite Book Club.
  • The Academy Membership investment in your business is $224 for the first month and $49 monthly. You can cancel your participation at any time.

 

Professional Affiliate Member

If your business supports professional speakers or you own a bureau, there is no better place to connect with your target audience than NSA. As a Professional Affiliate member, you’ll get valuable resources and discounts on critical touch-points like NSA advertising and events. You’ll also be listed in our online service/supplier directory, one of the most valuable resources we provide to members. NSA is a thriving organization with a 3,500+ (and growing) member base. Contact us to become a Professional Affiliate member today.

In addition to the 10 Member Benefits, Professional Affiliate Members enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Listing in our exclusive Professional Affiliate Members directory.
  • Discounts on NSA national events and meetings.
  • The Professional Affiliate Membership investment in your business is $640 for the first year and $465 renewal annually.

 

Student

Get the tools you need to graduate from college with a professional speaking business that is already established and growing! If you aspire to be a professional speaker and share your message with eager audiences everywhere, start laying the foundation for success today.

Join NSA’s Student Program to get:

  • A better understanding of the professional speaking world.
  • Access to, and input from, thousands of high-achieving NSA professionals.
  • One-year subscription to Speaker magazine and Voices of Experience audio magazine.
  • Access to NSA teleseminar archives.
  • Discounts on national events.

Full-time undergraduates (12+ credits) and graduate students (9+ credits) are eligible. Join now and create some powerful forward momentum!

In addition to the 10 Member Benefits, Students enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Subscription to Speaker magazine and Voices of Experience audio magazine ($49 value).
  • Essentials of Speaking Profession Workbook and audio program ($79 value).
  • Monthly virtual trainings (i.e. webinars, hangouts, etc.).
  • Discounts on NSA national events and meetings.

The Student Membership investment is $75 annually.