SASS Talks

Congratulations to our SASS* talk presenters, 5 of our 6 Speaker Academy Graduates! Pictured: Tanya Detrik, Katy Curtis, Angelus Perez, Pat Lore, Gerri Lyons) (The 6th, Erin Healy, was busy presenting in Washington DC) Well on your way to becoming Professional Paid Speakers!

Now taking registrations for CLASS OF 2019 (Feb-May). Grab your place now:


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 (Feb – May) at the Mercy Center in Madison, 167 Neck Road (lunch included!).

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 Basic Candidate membership to the CT Chapter of NSA, (a $330 value!) 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:

ACADEMY CURRICULUM: Saturday classes run 9 AM- 3 PM (Lunch included)

*Note: Attendance required at all sessions for certificate of completion

Tentative dates below. Final schedule TBD.

February 23rd: Welcome/orientation/professional awareness/Your message/Topic Development.

March 23rd: Sales & Marketing/Professional relationships

April 13th: Presenting & Performing/Platform Mechanics

May 11th: Authorship & Product Development/Managing your Speaking

Business/Wrap-up & Academy Recap

JUNE Chapter Meeting: Graduation Recognition! Please note that all NSA-CT Speaker Academy graduates are encouraged to attend the NSA-CT member chapter meeting (at no cost) Thursday, June 13th, 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)


Regular rate of $1,500

* SASS = Speaker Academy Student Showcase