Speakers Academy


If you are going to be a speaker
for the rest of your life,

then NSA is your FUTURE!

NSA Houston’s SPRING 2019 Speakers Academy IS:

The best opportunity anywhere,
to get the most support,
with the best and fastest start,
at the lowest price,
with the greatest number of resources,
to take your speaking business
to the next level!

    • Spring 2019 Boot Camp Intensive (Feb 27 – May 22): Orientation Feb 27 (6:00-8:00pm). 3 Saturday Retreats (9am-3pm) and 6 Wednesday evenings Zoom (6:30-8:30pm), 2 half-day Saturdays (9am-12pm) plus a bonus Zoom session, all with Academy Dean Christy Stratton, Past President Dr. Rob Pennington and some of the most successful NSA members in Houston! You will receive both individual and group coaching sessions to provide you with the specific advice and consulting you need to lay a powerful foundation for a career as a professional speaker. (Priceless!)
    • NSAHouston's Candidate Membership and All Access Pass from Feb 2019 to June 2020 are included with 2019 Spring Academy (a great value)
    • 17 Professional Development Workshops (Saturdays 8am-12pm, March 2019 – June 2020) with some of the most successful NSA members in the country.
    • Your Own Professionally Produced Demo Video, edited 2 camera 8-10 minute shoot, May 18, 2019, (a $500 value alone!) 
    • PLUS access to 60+(!) archived videos, 100 of hours of past NSA Houston Professional Development Workshops from the last 6 years with some of the best, most successful speakers in the country on a wide range of topics you need to know to build a long lasting, successful speaking career.
    • 10 Module Manual prepared by NSA national to provide a check list foundation of everything you need to have the look and feel of a professional speaker online. 
    • Success secrets from NSA Houston and NSA National Professional Members
    • Access to Greater Houston’s Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Contact Information for Conferences and Conventions coming to Houston over the next 2.5 years (a $1000 value alone!)


Read more below about the details and amazing price of this remarkable offer.


Intensive Boot Camp Feb through May 2019: This intensive experience, led by Academy Dean Christy Stratton and Past President, Dr. Rob Pennington, along with some of the most successful members of NSAHouston, lays the foundation of what you individually and uniquely need to launch or further your professional speaking career. Conducted through both in-person Saturday 9am-3pm workshops and Wednesday evening online Zoom meetings 6:30-8:30pm, starting Feb 27th and running through May (DOWNLOAD SPECIFIC DATES and LOCATIONS), this intensive experience of support, knowledge and networking kicks off your participation with NSAHouston providing individualized support, coaching, and expertise for you to complete the following:

  1. Clarify your ‘WHY’ that will keep you on a path to success.
  2. Set goals that you will reach in your speaking business.
  3. Define your primary message, topic, and outline for keynote presentation to a target market that can pay you.
  4. Define (or redefine) what type of a presenter you are and want to be.
  5. Learn how to build and manage your business better.
  6. Discover additional products and services that allow you to get paid for not being there.
  7. Determine what you are selling and to whom you are selling.
  8. Develop a marketing and sales plan that includes:
    1. Creating a speaker “one sheet” (Google: “sample speaker one sheets”) that helps sell you to meeting planners who can hire you
    2. Developing or improving your website with content relevant for your best SEO reach
    3. Providing resources and products that could augment your existing speaking efforts.
  9. Polish your presentations and performances.
  10. Learn fresh tips about platform mechanics.
  11. Put together next steps for building a successful long-term business fueled by speaking.

Ongoing participation with NSA Houston February 2019 to June 2020 including all monthly Professional Development Workshops (3rd Saturday of most every month) with the best nationally recognized professional speakers sharing their secrets of success in a wide range of cutting edge tools and techniques that will enhance the quality and expand the possibilities for your own speaking business - every month! NSA Houston professional workshops are held at United Way, 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007, most 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Access to over 60+ video recordings, 100+ hours over the last 6 years of NSA Houston Professional Development Workshops offering some of the best, most successful speakers in the country, plus recordings of the 2019-20 series of professional workshops in case you miss any. If you can’t attend, you can view our professional workshops videos at any time. This unique set of resources alone is worth the whole cost of the Academy.  Other programs charge twice as much for half as many hours of videos. 


Designed to reinforce NSA’s four professional competencies (Expertise, Enterprise, Eloquence, and Ethics), NSAHouston’s Speaker Academy is packed with practical tools, inspiring demonstrations and insightful Q&As provided by some of the best talent the Houston speaking industry has to offer. There will be opportunities to:

  1. Further the business side of your speaking career through the application of a deeply detailed, step-by-step, 10 Module “How To” Manual developed by the National Speakers Associationspecifically for Academy participants,
  2. Access to Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Contact Information for 17 months to all Conferences and Conventions coming to Houston for the next 2.5 years.
  3. Learn from successful full-time professional speakers who will discuss a specific aspect of his or her speaking business and answer questions on their success secrets,
  4. Practice giving your own unique message and receive feedback on how to develop and deliver a commercially viable presentation,
  5. Work with selected members of the NSA Houston chapter to customize your Speakers Academy experience to best meet your individual needs,
  6. Prepare you to understand what is required to become a member of National Speakers Association (NSA), performing at the highest ethical and service standards of the NSA,
  7. Create a supportive community among fellow Academy participants, alumni, and NSA Houston members, and,
  8. Help you prepare to meet membership requirements as an NSA Professional Membership or to continue your participation as an NSA Houston Candidate Member.

And one of the most important benefits …..every Academy participant will have a professionally shot and edited 8-10 minute VIDEO of your best material, produced for you by the chapter (cost included in your fee).

What Will You Learn?  The curriculum is designed to provide maximum exposure to speaking as a business. A sample of topics covered in the Academy Manual include: 

  1. Professional Awareness
  2. Topic Development
  3. Platform Mechanics
  4. Presenting and Performing
  5. Authorship and Product Development/Enterprise
  6. Sales and Marketing
  7. Managing the Business
  8. Professional Relationships and much, much more.

Who Should Participate? If you have read this far, then….YOU! 

This program is designed for: 
New speakers 
who want to accelerate their careers, 
Experienced speakers 
who want a structured year to gear up and reboot,
Trainers and coaches 
who wish to become keynoter and/or breakout presenters, 
Professionals, authors, and experts 
who want to use speaking to promote their businesses, to generate product and to increase revenue, and, 
Those with a “fire in the belly” 
to move an audience with what has made a difference in your own life.


We invite you to begin your process towards becoming a member of NSA Houston and our 2019-20 Speakers Academy by:

Step 1: CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE APPLICATION FORM. Please do not proceed to the payment process until after your application has been reviewed and accepted.

Step 2: After your application has been reviewed by our Academy Dean, Christy Stratton, you will be contacted to welcome you into the Academy and to explore how the Speakers Academy best aligns with your goals for your professional growth.

Step 3: Complete your payment process below once you've been accepted into the Academy!

If you are COMMITTED to beING a speaker for the rest of your life, then NSA Houston's Speaker ACADEMY is your next step!

Everything listed above for the following amazingly low price, given the hundreds of hours of incredibly valuable resources and learning experiences with professional members, paid in one payment of $1850 or a payment plan of $1995.



Pay in Full Now - and save $145


Installment Plan Option
($895 Deposit NOW + 2 $550 Additional Payments)

 NOTE:  We assume participants in Speakers Academy already have skill and experience speaking in front of audiences. If you don't, we highly recommend you check out Houston’s Toastmasters District 56. Many of our own members got their start learning the craft of speaking through Toastmasters.