Speakers Academy


“NSA Houston’s Speakers Academy helps you understand the marketing and business aspect of speaking.” 

Liz Plaster, former President of Houston Coaches & NSA Houston Board Member

The 2017-2018 Speakers Academy begins in September 2017! Stay tuned for registration information, or join our mailing list to be the first to know when registration opens!

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What is our Speakers Academy?

NSA Houston’s Speakers Academy is a multi-faceted, 11-month training/support program developed by the National Speakers Association intended to provide you with the best start in the speaking business or to taking your current speaking, coaching or therapy business to the next level.

Designed to reinforce NSA’s four professional competencies (Expertise, Enterprise, Eloquence, and Ethics), each monthly session is packed with practical “how to’s”, inspiring demonstrations and insightful Q&As provided by some of the best talent the Houston speaking industry has to offer. There will be opportunities to:

  1. Further the business side of your speaking career through the application of a deeply detailed, step-by-step “How To” manual developed by the national association,
  2. Learn from different successful full-time professional speakers who will discuss a specific aspect of his or her speaking business, present a sample of one of their best presentations and answer questions on their success secrets,
  3. Practice giving your own unique message and receive videotaped feedback on how to develop and deliver a commercially viable presentation,
  4. Work with a selected member of the NSA Houston chapter as your Personal Mentor to customize your Speakers Academy experience to best meet your individual needs (assisted by a pre-program survey that Academy members complete online),
  5. Have a professionally shot and edited audition video of your best material produced for you by the chapter as a special bonus (no additional fee),
  6. Prepare you to understand what is required to become a member of National Speakers Association (NSA), performing at the highest ethical and service standards of the NSA,
  7. Create a supportive community among fellow Academy participants, alumni, and NSA-Houston members, and
  8. Prepare you for NSA Professional Membership or to participate as an Candidate Member Speaker.

What Will I Learn?

The curriculum is designed to provide maximum exposure to speaking as a business. A sample of topics covered include: • Professional Awareness • Topic Development • Platform Mechanics • Presenting and Performing • Authorship and Product Development/Enterprise • Sales and Marketing • Managing the Business • Professional Relationships and much, much more.

This is a unique opportunity to save you time, effort and money of what would otherwise be a very costly solo endeavor. This joint venture will help you to gain valuable tools and techniques that many of NSAHouston’s best speakers have collaborated together in this program for your benefit for a fraction of the cost. This is the information we all wish we had had when we began.

Who Should Participate?

This program is designed for:

  • New speakers who want to accelerate their careers
  • Experienced speakers who want a structured year to gear up and reboot
  • Trainers and coaches who wish to become keynoters
  • Professionals, authors, and experts who want to speak to promote their businesses, to generate product and to increase revenue
  • Those with a “fire in the belly” to move an audience with what has made a difference in your own life.

We assume participants in Speakers Academy already have skill and experience speaking in front of audiences. If you don’t have public speaking experience, we highly recommend you check out Houston’s Toastmasters District 56. Many of our own members got their start learning the craft of speaking through Toastmasters.


  • Content Rich, Inspiring, Programming the 3rd Saturday of the Month, – Beginning with Attendance at our Morning Workshop for Professional Members followed by an Afternoon just for the Academy ($1400 value)
  •  A Successful Speaker Assigned As Your Personal Mentor (10 hr sessions) ($3000 value)
  • A Powerful “How To” 10 Module Manual on Developing Your Speaking Business ($250 value)
  • 2 NSA books: Paid To Speak and Speak MORE! ($50 value)
  • A Professionally Shot and Edited Audition Demo Video ($1500 value)
  • And All the Benefits of The All Access Pass such as access to videos of many of the Professional Workshop over the last three years (80+ hours!) of valuable insights, tools and techniques available only to AAP holders – and thus the Academy).
  • Access to Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Contact Information for all the Conferences and Conventions coming to Houston for the next 12 months ($450 value)
  • And Much More!

Your Academy tuition amount includes the NSAHouston All Access Pass, which gives you a discounted rate to include all NSA Houston Saturday Professional Workshops, AND your NSA Houston annual membership fee.

A payment plan is also available. See details below. 


If it sounds like the Academy is for You…

We invite you to begin your process towards becoming a professional member of NSA by applying for acceptance in NSAHouston’s 10 month Speakers Academy:

Step 1:  CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE APPLICATION FORM. Please do not complete payment process until you complete step 3.

Step 2:  Send an email to Rob Pennington, PhD  introducing yourself and letting him know you have completed the application form.

Step 3: After your application has been reviewed, Rob will contact you to discuss how the Speakers Academy best aligns with your goals for professional growth.

Step 4: Complete your payment process.

Full Payment – One time payment of:

$1595 (Includes All Access Pass and Membership Fee)

Interested in a Payment Plan?

($895 Deposit NOW + 3 $300 Monthly Payments =  $1795).

NSA Houston Speakers Academy Installment Payment
Number of payments 4
No. Due* Amount
1 At checkout $895.00 USD
2 after 1 month $300.00 USD
3 after 2 months $300.00 USD
4 after 3 months $300.00 USD
Total $1,795.00 USD
* We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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