WELCOME TO THE NSA CONNECTICUT CHAPTER

NSA is the leading source for community, education and entrepreneurial business knowledge needed to be successful in the speaking profession. NSA chapters are a great place to meet – or reconnect with – peers in your local area. NSA Chapters grow and empower members through sharing, learning, and mentoring. Getting involved with the chapter near you is the best way to connect with, share with, and learn from fellow speakers.

Randye Kaye
Voice Talent/Actress/Speaker/Author
www.RandyeKaye.com – Randye@RandyeKaye.com
President 2017-18

President’s Message

Welcome to NSA Connecticut!

I’m delighted to serve as your NSA-CT Chapter President for 2017-18. Our goal for this year is reflected in our theme:
Community. Inspiration. Growth.
Come join us, get involved, and find all three!
Last year, our members (both Professional and Speakers’ Academy) and guests heard exciting ideas, shared creative tips, and had spirited conversations that lifted each and every one of us. Let’s do it again!
You can join us as:
Professional Member (if you are a member of NSA National) in two categories: Basic (see the benefits here) and All-Access Pass (which includes all our speaker meetings and one free Fireside Chat – a savings of $80!)
Speakers Academy Member – our Academy takes you step-by-step into the world of Professional Speakers, with 10 modules delivered over 4 Saturdays (one each in February, March, April and May at a lovely retreat center in Madison. Tuition includes NSA-CT membership!
Guest – Attend NSA-CT meetings whenever you like, at the Guest rate ($40 per meeting, includes dinner). Guests range from the “just curious” to those serious about taking the step to professional speaking. We’ll help you get there.

This year, we’re all about Community (speaking can be a solitary business until the audience shows up! – come meet your peeps and share questions, answers, successes, and laughter), Inspiration (nothing like seeing how others get to where they are to help you get there too), and Growth – personal as well as professional.
As soon as our program is cemented, you’ll see the info on our event page. Some topics under consideration are:
• So you wanna do a TED/TEDX talk?
• How to bring your PowerPoint to the millennial age
• Setting up online courses for more reach and income
• Building Your Personal Brand
• Speaking internationally
• Face-to-Face: Leverage the Power of In-Person

Come join us and get your share! Membership notices will go out July 31st, and you can always contact us at nsaconnecticut@gmail.com.
Right now, you can:
You can join our facebook group,
follow us on twitter @NSAConnecticut,
and join our mailing list.
Can’t wait to see you!
Randye

NSA-CT BOARD 2017-18 (missing: Susan O’Malley President-Elect)

NSA President-Elects class of 2017-18

Chapter Leadership Training at NSA headquarters in Phoenix. Incoming NSA-CT President, Randye Kaye is peeking out in back row 4th from left!

Recent members-only ‘Fireside Chat’ luncheon

Hosted by Lisa Lelas at her home in Guilford, CT.

NSA-CT chapter December meeting

NSA guest presenter, Sean McCloskey discussing ‘Selling on and off stage…without sounding like a salesman!’

EVENTS 2017-18

Connection. Inspiration. Growth! We do this at our meetings, fireside chats and more. Want to:

  • Do a TED/TedX talk?
  • Create an online course to generate interest and income?
  • Book more speaking Business? Including International dates?
  • Determine Your Brand?
  • Learn More about Storytelling, PowerPoint and other Presentation Skills?

Speaker Meetings will take place the second Thursday evening of each month Sept 2017-June 2018 (6:30-8:30 PM) usually at the Best Western Hotel in North Haven, CT. A preview of what’s ahead this year:

11/09/17 Guy Burns: PowerPoint Power

12/14/17 Holiday Party/Fundraiser – Details TBA. Save the date!

01/11/18 Tamsen Webster: A TEDx Insider’s Guide to Finding and Telling the Story of Your Idea

02/08/18 Jess Todtfeld: Pitching the Media – PR Secret Weapons for Speakers (Working Session)

03/08/18 So You Wanna Do a TED/TEDX Talk? Panel with experts

04/12/18 Lois Creamer: Book More Business – Make Money Speaking

05/10/18 Jennifer De St. Georges: International Keynotes

06/14/18 NSA CT 15th birthday celebration! Awards dinner & annual Speaker Academy Showcase! Additional Guest speaker TBA

For a complete listing of all upcoming NSA-CT events, visit the Events Page.

2016-17 Award Winners

The Abby Marks Beale Award

The Abby Marks Beale Award (named after NSA-CT founder) was selected & presented by past president, Jean Stratton to DOROTHY MARTIN-NEVILLE, for helping Jean as her “right hand helper, historian, and board treasurer.” Congratulations Dottie! 

MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Randye Kaye

CONGRATULATIONS to our NSA-CT Chapter Member of the Year 2017-18. Aside from being appointed the chapter’s 15th President, Randye was also bestowed the highest honor as this year’s recipient of the NSA MEMBER OF THE YEAR award! Stepping up, first as president-elect, and going well above and beyond her duties, Randye will be recognized at the National NSA convention in Orlando. She started the NSAConnecticut Facebook page, helped tweak the new website (a work always in progress!), hosted several of the chapter meetings, volunteered as a facilitator for the Speakers Academy, and her list of service goes on and on! Randye is a popular actress on the CT shoreline, a national voice over artist, speaker and author. www.RandyeKaye.com

Member testimonials

Why should you become a member?

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD

As an active member of NSA-CT I rarely miss a monthly meeting. In the beginning I was in awe that I met regularly with folks who had such well established speaking careers and realized how willingly they shared their wisdom and experience. Later, over the years I have been involved because I am so aware we are always learning and growing and this is such a rich group to learn from. Friendships have developed and for me the special “fireside chat” meetings for members only have allowed those friendships to deepen while also teaching so much more in-depth practicaltools for publishing, marketing and so on. The NSA family and cooperative approaches are a gift.

Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhDSpeaker, Author, Strategic Partner/Coachaskdrdorothy.com
Wally Hauck, Ph.D., Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

Some people ask “why does a speaker need to belong to a professional organization?”  Each year I ask that same question when I am faced with renewal to NSA.

NSA is like the encyclopedia for professional speakers.  What ever you need to know you can find at least a place to start.  You are not on your own. You can tap into the nearly limitless knowledge resources while also tapping into the nearly infinite relationships that demonstrate care, compassion, and love for you.  This is why I stay a member. I know I am not alone.

Wally Hauck, Ph.D., Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)Optimum Leadershipwww.wallyhauck.com
Lisa Lelas, Productivity Coach-Author-Speaker

Joining the National Speakers Association was by far the best thing I ever did to kick-start my professional career! Being involved in our local chapter has been a tremendous asset, gaining wisdom from guest presenters each month and garnering life long friendships from fellow CT speakers! As a past president and current board member, I can honestly say that this small but mighty chapter continually provides incredible value to all aspiring & professional speakers!

Lisa Lelas, Productivity Coach-Author-SpeakerOrganizational Leadership Speaker & Productivity ConsultantLisaLelas.com