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NSA-WI Speakers Academy

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 Academy is 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.

Speakers Academy members work at their own pace through the two-year program. Some may choose to finish in less than that time, others may take longer. 

Benefits from Joining the NSA-WI Speakers Academy

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. 

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 are eligible to join the National Speakers Association as professional members, and will be celebrated at the NSA-WI Annual Gala. 

Additional NSA National Academy Benefits: Participants who also join the National Speakers Association as an Aspiring Speaker at the national level (separate registration and cost) have access to:

  • Exclusive members-only benefits 

  • Special member pricing at all NSA national events

  • Reduced fee for Cavett Institute, NSA’s annual event dedicated to aspiring speakers

  • Access to community & social media groups, including a Facebook group exclusive to Academy Members

  • Digital subscription to Speaker magazine (Six issues per year)

  • Access to Voices of Experience® podcast 

  • Once you qualify to upgrade to Professional membership, your initiation fee may be waived

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

Jacy Imilkwoski
Academy Dean

John Nepper

Academy Co-Dean   

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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.

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