Why I Joined NSA

  • David Yoho
    David Yoho, CPAE
    “Exposure to NSA speakers helped me develop my own unique style. Had it not been for NSA, I believe I would have become a clone and, like most clones, unsuccessful and unfulfilled. The emotional support, knowledge and friendships I gained markedly changed my life for the better.”
  • Mark Eaton
    Mark Eaton, CSP
    NBA All Star
    “I was a part-time speaker with no clear understanding of how to grow my message or my business. Through my NSA membership, I met the people and gained the critical knowledge that has now propelled me to an average of 70 high paid gigs each year. My message is stronger than it has ever been and the future of my business is bright. Thank you NSA!”
  • Phil Gerbyshak
    Phil Gerbyshak
    Networking Superhero, Make It Great Institute
    “Prior to joining NSA, I had nobody to talk to about my speaking business. I felt alone in the wilderness. After being involved in NSA at the national and the local level, I found my tribe. People I can talk to about the hard stuff. People who’ve been where I am and who can offer insights I just can’t get anywhere else. I don’t know how I would do without my friends and colleagues in NSA.”
  • Jeffrey Hayzlett
    Jeffrey Hayzlett, CPAE
    Primetime TV & Radio Host, Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Global Business Celebrity
    “The single biggest contribution to my speaking success has been my membership in NSA. The ideas, the advice, the people, and the energy I get through my involvement with NSA is why I have been a member! It’s worth a lot more than the dues I pay in. It’s the best investment in ‘me’ I have ever made. Want to be a successful speaker? Join NSA, you are worth it — it’s only for the best.”
  • Harvey Mackay
    Harvey Mackay, CPAE
    Author, Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
    “Joining NSA is one of the most significant investments you can make in your future — and without spending a penny. I’ve met remarkable people, benefited from their advice and experiences, and enjoyed opportunities that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else. This organization makes it possible to speak up for yourself in a big way!”
  • Howard Putnam
    Howard Putnam, CSP, CPAE
    President, Putnam Enterprises
    “This is my 26th year as a member of NSA. I am still learning and building relationships. It has been a great experience. I have now been a keynote speaker for 25 years, working with great speakers’ bureaus. The NSA staff has been supportive and terrific. If you want a successful career in speaking, coaching, training, writing, whatever your area of expertise, NSA is the place to be.”

  • Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE, @terrypaulson
  • Neen James, @neenjames
  • DeLores Pressley, @Delorespressley
  • Patrick Allmond, @patrickallmond

Ruby Newell-Legner“Joining NSA was the best career move I ever made. I attended my local NSA Colorado chapter for a number of years as a guest and soon it became very apparent that I would get so much more by becoming a member. The resources, connections and expertise I found through NSA shortened my learning curve and introduced me to the best speakers in our profession who are now my colleagues and friends.

There are so many aspects of the business that I didn’t even know I needed to develop and without NSA, I would still be trying to figure them out.

NSA has offered me great tools and educational experiences to enhance my career as a speaker, business owner, and consultant.  I credit my attendance at NSA meetings and getting involved with my local chapter with helping me establish my position as the number one expert in my field as a Fan Experience Expert. Without NSA, I believe I would still be trying to find my way.

I have attended 17 out of the last 19 NSA National Conventions and wouldn’t have missed the two that I did if a long term client had not booked me during the time of the Convention. Each year countless memories and powerful insight are gleaned from the experience. My mind is always stretched and the unforgettable experiences will last a lifetime.

I continue to be a member of NSA because of the friends and colleagues I have met. They can relate to this unique profession and offer insight on how to make it work.  We share mistakes and celebrate successes with each other.

I regularly recommend NSA to thought leaders who offer their message through delivering the spoken word.  So often experts are called upon to share their wisdom and they do not know how to stand up in front of a group to present their ideas and knowledge in a meaningful way.  NSA offers powerful educational opportunities and resources to help thought leaders communicate their expertise in a professional manner. This helps them grow their reach, their reputation and their business.”
Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP

  • Eliz Greene
    Eliz Greene
    “I am more me when I am with NSA.” Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative Working with busy women to improve their heart health so they can work well, feel well, and stress less.
  • Laurie Guest
    Laurie Guest, CSP
    “Being a member of NSA has shaved YEARS off my learning curve. Great education and great people is what it is all about for me. I would not be a successful speaker today if it wasn’t for this organization and its members!”
  • Thom Singer
    Thom Singer, CSP
    “The Conference Catalyst”
    “Being a part of the National Speakers Association is about more than the organization itself. The people you meet will expose you to the many different ways to succeed in the speaking business. From the outside a career in speaking looks very different than it does when you are living it. Joining NSA and cultivating real friendships with other speakers at your experience level can be the ‘Fast-Pass’ to success.”
  • Patrick Allmond
    Patrick Allmond
    “Don’t come to the NSA Convention if you are okay with no business growth. Don’t come to NSA Convention if you okay with mediocre platform skills. And don’t come to the NSA Convention if you are content with having a small local network of people that might be limiting your growth. However, if you have a great message that you want to get out to the world and make money in the process, there is no better place to be than at an NSA Convention.”
  • Candy Whirley
    Candy Whirley, CSP
    MM SBG Services, LLC
    “My business has grown because of the giving hearts and souls of my fellow NSA Members! Whether it be at my chapter level, mastermind partners or meeting new people at our annual NSA Convention…I take away doable nuggets to increase my fee, content and expertise. My business would NOT be what it is today without NSA!”
  • Patrick Donadio
    Patrick Donadio, CSP, MBA, MCC
    “The National Speakers Association cut years off my learning curve. Even though I have been speaking professionally for over 27 years, I still find tremendous value in being a member; from the great workshops and conventions, to the education resources, to my local chapter. NSA is the place to be if you are a thought leader who wants to get into or stay in the speaking profession.”
  • Sierra Modro
    Sierra Modro
    “The NSA Convention was even better than I hoped. I have heard the old phrase, ‘Strangers are friends you haven’t met.’ At Convention, it felt like I was surrounded by friends who wanted not only to meet me, but do everything they can to help me succeed. Coming home, I have a renewed sense of purpose, and the skills to create the career I want. When I left the corporate world and started my own business, I missed the camaraderie and support of coworkers. Now, I have that mutual support system from my new friends and colleagues in the speaking profession. I know my NSA family will help me along each step to be my very best self.”
  • Neen James
    Neen James, CSP, MBA
    “I would pick up the phone to the National Speakers Association. I would find out how I can volunteer; get involved; introduce myself; find out where my local chapter is. These are my people. They have become my community, and some of the most generous and knowledgeable people on earth I’ve met there. So, that’s where I’d start – the National Speakers Association!”