Advancing the Speaking Profession Since 1973
The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the premier organization for professional speakers. Since 1973, NSA has provided the most comprehensive resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.
Who We Are
NSA is the leading source for community, education and entrepreneurial business knowledge needed to be successful in the speaking profession.
Every expert who uses the spoken word to present content to an audience for a fee belongs to NSA.
NSA's thousands of members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as speakers, trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. NSA is a member of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), a global network dedicated to advancing the speaking profession worldwide.
NSA has independently run state and regional Chapters throughout the United States in most major markets. View the NSA Chapter directory.
Our Key Competencies
NSA seeks to always advance professional speakers’ skill sets in four core areas:
- Eloquence – The art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations. This means creating the proper setting for an effective presentation as well as the concrete skills related to presenting, performing and theatrical methods.
- Expertise – The knowledge, skills and experience in a specific area. Speakers should know which body of expertise is ideal for them and be able to effectively research and develop their content.
- Enterprise – The purposeful undertaking of a successful speaking business venture. This includes business management, sales and marketing knowledge, as well as the skills necessary to generate income through speaking engagements and other revenue streams.
- Ethics – The principles or standards governing the conduct of those in the speaking profession. Ethics is the foundation and summation of the three other competencies. It is about who you are as a person — both personally and professionally – and encompasses your reputation, character and integrity.