Advancing the Speaking Profession Since 1973
The National Speakers Association (NSA) is a collective of more than 3,500 members whose skills, expertise and experience power the most recognized and respected professional speakers organization in the industry.
Founded in 1973 by Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, NSA has the comprehensive resources, cutting-edge tools, insightful education and productive events that speakers need to develop their brands and grow their businesses. NSA’s members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as speakers, trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. We have 35 independently run state and regional chapters throughout the U.S.
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.
Spirit of NSA
NSA is an organization built around the ideas of mutual support, shared success and giving back. Cooperation, not competition, helps us “build a bigger pie.”
NSA Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics establishes and maintains our brand, reputation and public confidence in the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the members and the Association itself.
NSA’s 3,500+ member (and growing!) collective of speaking professionals includes experts in a variety of industries and disciplines. This experienced and talented group connects with audiences in many ways, including speaking, training, and consulting. Our members are also educators, humorists, hosts and authors. In short, if communicating is your business, NSA is your organization..
NSA has independently run state and regional chapters throughout the United States in most major markets. Getting involved with the chapter near you is the best way to connect with, share with, and learn from fellow speakers.
Meet Our Staff
Director of Membership & Communications
MELISSA LANOUETTE, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events
BILL PETERSON, MBA, CAE
Director of Finance & Administration
Meet Our Board of Directors
BRIAN WALTER, CSP, CPAE
DAN THURMON, CSP, CPAE
ANNA LIOTTA, CSP
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.