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.

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

Welcome to NSA Connecticut!

I’m delighted to serve as your NSA-CT Chapter President for 2018-19. Our goal for this year is reflected in our theme: Growing Together for Continued Success. 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! You can 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! 

EVENTS 2019-20

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


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