Tara Clancy

President 2019-20

Grow. In Community.



NSACT Board 2018 - 19


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!’

President’s Message


I’m so glad you’re here visiting our NSA Connecticut website.

Whether you are already a professional speaker or just starting out, we have the programming you need to get to the next level. And we have the community to support you along the way!

At our monthly chapter meetings you get stellar content delivered by cream-of-the-crop speaking pros. (Don’t miss How to Turn a Speech Into a 6-Figure Relationship!) You will even have access to exclusive webinars tailored just for us at NSACT!;

Our Fireside Chats give you access to our local expertise. These events are fun and informative with a relaxed, getting-to-know each other vibe. The events happen because the pillars of the NSACT community volunteer to showcase their expertise on a specific topic by hosting small groups in a social setting.;

Our Speakers Academy is what you need to learn the “HOW TOs” of running a speaking business. Our graduates make amazing strides in reaching their speaking goals. Be sure to sign up early because the Speakers Academy sells out every year!

And one more: our new Speakers’ Secrets Series. If you have ever wanted to ask a seasoned speaking professional for “insider” tips, this is for you! Sign up for updates about this career-propelling series (see form below this letter). You’ll get our other announcements, so you won’t miss a thing!

At NSA Connecticut, we are serious about helping each other propel our professional speaking businesses. You will get compelling content, great value, networking, community and friendship. In abundance! Join us

Where else can you share experiences about getting the gigs, writing the books, creating products and all the other things we do as speakers? With us! Don’t go it alone. There is always something great going on here. Be a part of it! Join us as we GROW. IN COMMUNITY. You will be so glad you did!

EVENTS 2019-20

Grow. In Community. We do this at our meetings, fireside chats and more.

09/12/19 Ron Karr

10/19/19 (SATURDAY!) Brian Walter

11/14/19 Ed Tate

December Event Chapter-hosted

01/11/20 (SATURDAY!) Darren LaCroix

02/13/20 Ramon Ray

03/12/20 Chuck Gallagher

04/16/20 TBD

05/14/20 TBD

06/11/20 SASS

Speaker Meetings generally take place the second Thursday evening of each month Sept 2019-June 2020 (6:30-8:30 PM) at the Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT. For a complete listing of all upcoming NSA-CT events, visit the Events Page.

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The Abby Marks Beale Award

The Abby Marks Beale Award (named after NSA-CT founder) was selected & presented by past president, Randye Kaye, to to Patti Urban, for always stepping up to help at meetings, even while handling personal challenges. Congratulations Patti!  


MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Dr. Susan O’Malley

Dr. Susan O'Malley CONGRATULATIONS to our NSA-CT Chapter Member of the Year 2018-19. Aside from being appointed the chapter’s 16th President, Susan 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, Susan will be recognized at the National NSA convention in Dallas. She helped revise  the process for our meetings, making everything go much more smoothly, booked some of our most popular speakers for this (and next) year, hosted “Good News” at our chapter meetings, and her list of service goes on and on! Susan’s programs include the acclaimed “Leadership Lessons from the Emergency Room” and “How to Turn Set-Backs into Success” from her book “Tough Cookies Don’t Crumble”.


Member testimonials

Why should you become a member?

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

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

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