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.

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Jean Stratton, MPH, RDN
President 2016-2017

President’s Message

Welcome to National Speakers Association – Connecticut Chapter. We are poised for an exciting year of great speakers and programming content. I, along with our Board of Directors, make up a diverse and hard working group. Our promise this year is to bring you topics such as: Social Media, Building your speaking business, Marketing, Selling from the Stage, and more!

We are increasing our support for Connecticut based professional speakers as well as those who are preparing to join our ranks. In working to bring you the support, collaboration, and a community you want to be a part of, we have created a schedule of monthly meetings where both members and guests are most welcome. Our objectives for those meetings are to enhance the feeling of community, generate productive networking, and through guest speakers, to teach the skills necessary for a successful and enriching speaking business.

We have created a diversified schedule of meetings which are for members only. Past topics have been Back of the Room Sales, Your Speaking goals for 2016, and Masterminding Your Business. We are finalizing our topics for the 2016-2017 year. Although skills are developed a great element of these meetings is the enhanced opportunity to have more in-depth conversations, to deepen community, and for each of us to share our experiences and resources with fellow members.

All of our board members are here to support you, share with you, and bring the excitement of your speaking alive and ready for whatever your future holds. If you are a professional speaker or want to become one, we are the place to be in Connecticut.

If after reviewing our website you have any questions at all simply go to the contact page and leave your questions there. I will respond as soon as possible.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the professional speaking community!


Some of our members…


Current NSA-CT BOARD 2016-17

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!’


4/12 – 6:00-8:30 PM –  Debbie Allen, “Become a Highly Paid Expert Who Speaks Professionally”
5/13 – 8:00 AM- 12 PM –  Ford Saeks, “Business Growth, Innovation, Marketing and Sales”Presentations with Impact
6/14 – 6:00-8:30 PM –  Social Media panel discussion/Speaker Showcase

For a complete listing of all upcoming NSA-CT events, click on the EVENTS tab (top of page toolbar)…


CONGRATULATIONS to our NSA-CT Chapter Member of the Year 2016-17.

LISA LELAS is a long time member of NSA and NSA-CT, serving as our 10th chapter President in 2012-13. As the DEAN of the CT Speakers Academy, Lisa helped launch the program which has already become the state’s foremost training program for professional speakers. Lisa speaks on: Organizational Leadership, Productivity, effective Time Management & Goal Setting. A former NYC Casting director and current Magazine editor/TV Talk show host,  Lisa also helps speakers/actors with presentation coaching and bookwriting/publishing. www.LisaLelas.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

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