Where Professional Speakers Connect.

Where Professional Speakers Connect


Since 1973…

National Speakers Association (NSA) is the premier organization for professional speakers. Since our founding in 1973, we have helped tens of thousands of speakers perfect their craft, build thriving businesses, and achieve the levels of growth and contribution they seek.

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.

President’s Message, Welcome to NSA Connecticut

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.

Please save these dates and times as we are alternating months to offer both evening and breakfast meetings:

11/9 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Kim Pita, “Communicating with the Generations”
12/9 – 9:30 AM- 12 PM –  Shaun McCloskey, “Selling on and off the Stage
2/8 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Rochelle Rice, ʺMaximize Your Return with NSAʺ
3/10 – 9:30 AM- 12 PM –  Kevin Daley, “Talk your way to the top”
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

In addition, 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.

New this year is a Mentoring program for members only. The purpose of this program is to help new members take advantage of the resources of NSA membership and to help them build their speaking business.(nsa-ct-new-member-mentoring-program)

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!


Jean Stratton, MPH, RDN
President 2016-2017

Are you ready to take the next step in becoming a professional speaker? Want to move closer to qualifying as a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association?

NSA-CT is proud to provide national’s exclusive Speaker Academy Training right here in Connecticut! Join in…just one Saturday per month at the Mercy Center in Madison (lunch included!)- February 11-May 6.
Get ready to cultivate strong speaking skills, build a profitable speaking business and work toward obtaining your NSA membership eligibility.
All class modules are facilitated by veteran speakers, many of whom are past presidents of NSA-CT.

*All Academy students are granted a 16-month membership to the CT Chapter of NSA, during program (4 months) and for the 12 months immediately following their course completion.

For specific questions or inquiries, please contact Academy Dean, Lisa Lelas: (203)641-4405 or email: Lisa@LisaLelas.com

ACADEMY CURRICULUM: Saturday classes run 9 AM- 3 PM
*Note: Attendance required at all sessions for certificate of completion

FEBRUARY 11: Welcome/orientation/professional awareness/Your
message/Topic Development.

MARCH 11: Sales & Marketing/Professional relationships

APRIL 8: Presenting & Performing/Platform Mechanics

MAY 11: Authorship & Product Development/Managing your Speaking
Business/Wrap-up & Academy Recap

JUNE 14: Graduation Recognition! Please note that all NSA-CT Speaker Academy graduates are encouraged to attend the NSA-CT member chapter meeting (at no cost) on Wednesday evening, June 14, where they will be recognized during the annual awards meeting with their certificates of completion & invited to participate in the Speaker Showcase (presenting a 6-8 minute ‘Ted-like’ Talk for practice, feedback & testimonials)

TUITION: $997 earlybird rate by Jan. 31st/ Reg rate of $1,297 thereafter
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