Speakers Academy


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

then NSA is your FUTURE!

NSA Houston’s 2018-19 FALL 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!

    • Boot Camp Intensive (Aug 22 – Nov 3): Orientation Nov 22 (6:00-8:00pm). 6 Wednesday evenings Zoom (6:30-8:30pm), 3 Saturdays (9am-3pm), 2 half-day Saturdays (9am-12pm) plus a bonus session, all with some of the most successful NSA members in Houston! 
    • Candidate Membership 2018-19 and All Access Pass (pays for everything!)
    • 10 Professional Development Workshops (Saturdays 8am-12pm, Aug – June) with some of the most successful NSA members in the country.
    • Professional Video, edited 2 camera 8-10 minute shoot (Nov 2018)
    • PLUS access to 56(!) archived videos of past NSA Houston Professional Development Workshops from the last 5 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 and 2 NSA Speaker Authored Books
    • 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 for the next 12 months.


AND A DISCOUNT OF $150 if you sign up by AUGUST 15th!

Read below for the impressive details and amazing price of this remarkable offer.

Get your early bird discount by APPLYING before August 15, 2018! 

Intensive Boot Camp August to November: This intensive experience, led by 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 August 22nd and running through early November (DOWNLOAD SPECIFIC DATES), this intensive experience of support, knowledge and networking kicks off your year with NSAHouston and provides 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 website copy and relevant content (including video!) for your 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.

August to June: 10 monthly half day 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 56 (!) video recordings of 5-6 years of NSA Houston Professional Development Workshops offer some of the best, most successful speakers in the country, plus recordings of the 2018-19 series 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.


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. Get an overview of what successful speakers do through two of NSA’s best books written by NSA Professional Members: Paid To Speak and Speak MORE!
  3. Access to Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Contact Information for all Conferences and Conventions coming to Houston for the next 12 months.
  4. 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,
  5. Practice giving your own unique message and receive feedback on how to develop and deliver a commercially viable presentation,
  6. Work with selected members of the NSA Houston chapter to customize your Speakers Academy experience to best meet your individual needs,
  7. 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,
  8. Create a supportive community among fellow Academy participants, alumni, and NSA Houston members, and,
  9. Prepare you for membership 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 2018-19 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 2018-18 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, paid in one payment of $1595 (Discounted $150 to $1445 until August 15th) or a payment plan of $1795.

Join the NSA Houston Speakers Academy


Installment Plan Option
($895 Deposit NOW + 2 $450 Monthly 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.