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NSA-WI Speaker Business Development Academy and Accelerator

Have you ever seen a professional speaker on stage and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that!”? Are you a trainer and are you thinking of starting your own business? Do you already speak in front of audiences for free, and want to know how to get paid? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then Speakers Academy is the place for you!

The NSA-WI Speakers Business Development Accelerator and Academy are designed specifically for aspiring speakers who are serious about pursuing, or accelerating, their career in professional speaking. Program participants learn from industry experts how to build a speaking business from the ground up. Our Academy aligns with the National Speakers Association’s Model of Service:

  • Enterprise - the business of professional speaking       
  • Expertise - what you speak about, why you are an expert
  • Eloquence -  stage and platform skills, how you say it
  • Ethics - the rules governing how we act as professionals and as members of our professional NSA association

Through intentional curriculum and professional guidance participants will:

  • Gain tools and experience to start strong and avoid costly mistakes
  • Hone your craft of storytelling, stage presence, and valuable business knowledge.
  • Explore your growing career in a supported, structured, fun, and safe environment.

Benefits from Joining the NSA-WI Business Development Speakers ACADEMY

A more comprehensive program for business development. Includes everything in the Business Development Accelerator, PLUS:

  • Free attendance to monthly chapter meetings
  • 1:1 Mentoring and coaching
  • Inclusion in a peer Mastermind and support group
  • Aspiring Speaker connection opportunities with groups looking for presenters
  • Intensive session with live platform coaching (annual session for program graduates)
  • Ability to participate in Speakers Lab sessions (hyperlink to speakers lab)

Intensive Session with Live Platform Coaching: Each curriculum year ends with one session solely devoted to platform skills. Graduating members receive expert feedback from professional speakers that help them grow and improve their platform skills and content delivery.

Support, Mentoring, and Masterminds: Connect with professional mentors and create peer-masterminds outside of scheduled programs. Get answers to questions and receive guidance through the journey of creating a successful speaking business.

Graduation: Participants who complete Academy requirements will be celebrated at the NSA-WI Annual Gala.

Speakers Academy members work at their own pace through the annual curriculum. You may choose to enroll for one or more years to continue learning on your schedule.

Benefits from Joining the NSA-WI Business Development ACCELERATOR

If you want more support in building your business, you are invited to join our chapter’s Speaker Academy. Through our intentional curriculum, and professional guidance, you will receive the tools and gain experience to avoid costly mistakes as well as help hone your craft of storytelling, stage presence, and valuable business knowledge. Includes:

  • NSA Academy Speakers Online Academy Resources (SOAR): Access to high-quality, curriculum, templates, and professional guidance designed to propel your business.
  • Interactive Academy Sessions: Highly interactive sessions led by professional members from our chapter including national guest speakers. Leave each session with action steps to continue building your business.

Additional NSA National Association Benefits

Accelerator or Academy participants who also join the National Speakers Association at the Essential* level or higher will also get access to:

  • Peer community groups
  • Exclusive members-only benefits including health and liability insurance
  • Special NSA member pricing on Zoom, eSpeakers,, and more
  • Special member pricing at all NSA national events
  • Subscription to Speaker magazine, monthly webinars, and the NSA Digital Vault

* Membership with the National Speakers Association organization is optional for Accelerator and Academy members.

  Business Development Speakers Academy
Business Development Accelerator
 Program Structure
 Program length
 12 months
 12 months
 Format Virtual Virtual
 Meeting length
 2.5 hours
 2.5 hours
 Meeting frequency
 Monthly Monthly
 Academy year
 September - May
 September - May
 # of meetings per year
 nine none
 Total number of mtg hours
 22.5 22.5
 NSA National membership required
 no, encouraged
 no, encouraged
 NSA Chapter membership required
no, encouraged
 no, encouraged
 Program cost
 $750 $500
 Payment plan 1
 two $400 payments
 two $300 payments
 Payment plan 2
 $70 per month
 $52 per month
 Discount for professional members
 subtract chapter dues
 subtract chapter dues
 Membership Benefits
 Attend online Academy meetings
 Attend Chapter events at no cost
 Online resources
 x x
 Mentorship program
 Speaker program sharing list
 Present at Speakers Lab
 Min-Masterminds x 

For additional information about the NSA-WI Speakers Academy, please contact: 

Speakers Lab

One of the most valuable services offered by NSA-WI is the “Speakers Development Lab.”  All members from Past National Presidents and CPAE’s to new candidate members are welcome to attend. The Lab operates much like a Hollywood “Actors Studio” where speakers, facilitators, seminar leaders, those who sell products or services through public presentations, etc. can go to try out new material, revise current material, practice delivery techniques, etc.

Our goal for the Speakers Lab is to take speakers, facilitators, teacher/leaders at their current level of skill, impact, fee level, etc., and help them move up to the next level. Both those speaking, and observers benefit from the Lab, and the net effect is to increase the skills and impact of each participant.

Jacy Imilkowski
Academy Dean

John Nepper

Academy Co-Dean  

Frank Clay Jr.
Academy Associate Deam

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