Tara Clancy

President 2019-20

Grow. In Community.



2019-20 Board members with Ron Karr at our opening meeting!

2019-20 Board members with Ron Karr at our opening meeting!

Anne Garland, chapter President-Elect for 2020-21

EVENTS 2019-20

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

05/16/20 (Postponed) Chapter Meeting

6/11/20 SASS

Speaker Meetings generally take place the second Thursday evening of each month Sept 2019-June 2020 (6:00-8:30 PM) at the Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT but check events page for any changes due to Covid-19 precautions. For a complete listing of all upcoming NSA-CT events, visit the Events Page.


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 NSA-CT!

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 NSA-CT 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!

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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, Dr. Susan O’Malley, to Thom Knowlton, for always stepping up to help out at meetings and bring in new people to discover the chapter’s  benefits!


CONGRATULATIONS to our NSA-CT Chapter Member of the Year 2018-19.

Aside from being appointed the chapter’s 17th President, Tara was also bestowed the highest honor as this year’s recipient of the NSA MEMBER OF THE YEAR award! Tara’s help during chapter meetings was invaluable, and she was recognized at the National NSA convention in Denver. She has booked some incredible speakers for this coming year, with the teamwork of the Board!


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