Advancing the Speaking Profession Since 1973
The National Speakers Association (NSA) is a collective of more than 3,000+ 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.
Empowering professional speakers to thrive and influence. We elevate excellence, share expertise, and challenge one another to improve.
Spirit of Cavett
NSA is an organization built around our founder’s values 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..
Meet Our Staff
Mary Lue Peck
President & CEO
Chief Revenue Officer
Director, Member Success
Meet Our Board
Barry Banther, CSP, CPAE
Mike Staver, CSP
Meridith Elliott Powell, CSP
Anna Liotta, CSP
Immediate Past President
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.