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National Speakers Association

Postby pattyn » Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:40 pm

Are you a member of the National Speakers Association? Is it worth the cost? Do you participate in local meetings? Are they helpful? Do you have your CSP? Has it proven valuable to you?
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Postby flygirl » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:23 pm

I didn't even know there was such an organization. Glad I checked the thread out.
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Postby pattyn » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:21 pm

Let us know what you think if you attend their meetings.
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Postby dani » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:47 pm

Yikes, are they ever expensive! I'd stick to the Toastmasters route.
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Postby DrIrene » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:40 pm

I have lurked on this forum on and off for over 4 years. Now I have found a topic in which I can offer help and advice from my first hand experience. I will be posting in the wishes and obstacles section of this forum regarding my speaking and writing. I was associated with the National Speakers Association (NSA) for the last 2 years (2005-2006) finishing up this last December 2006. I was a member of the Northern California Chapter's \"ProTrack Program\". I joined while still a doctoral student, because I wanted to \"be paid to speak [professional speaking] instead of paying to speak [academic speaking]\". The program was created to teach people the business of professional speaking with the intention that the graduates would want to join the association, several did. There were over 30 of us in the program. Some, perhaps 5 or 6, of the students were already members of NSA and wanted to learn what the program had to offer in order to enhance their speaking skills and knowledge of the speaking business. In many ways, this was one of the most intense and valuable programs I have taken regarding the development of my professional speaking and popular writing. However, I do not, as of yet, qualify for membership. And, I question whether membership would \"truly\" serve me and my speaking goals. Admittedly, I am still riding the fence on that one. To Qualify:
    1. one must earn at least $25,000 in one year from speaking and show proof 2. or, speak at 20 or more paid gigs in a year and show proof 3. or, speak at least 20 times, to an audience of 20 or more, as part of your job requirements in your employment and show proof
The benefits of membership all depend on what your goals are and who you have as a target market. If you want to speak in corporate markets, and/or at conferences for professional associations, then its benefits would be well worth the cost of membership and the monthly dues. WELL WORTH IT. However, if your goals are to speak to the general public, then the decision to join would have to be weighed out. The title of \"Certified Professional Speaker (CSP)\" is not easy to achieve. It requires one to meet certain criteria over a minimum of a 5-year membership. If anyone has any other questions, I will be happy to answer them to the best of my ability. And, I hope you read my posts in wishes and obstacles, and offer any advice, direction, names, details, and/or direct help. All will be gladly accepted. All the best, Image Dr. Irene Blinston, Ph.D. http://www.blinston.com http://www.blinston.com/APA http://www.blinston.com/Astrology http://www.blinston.com/DrBlinston http://www.blinston.com/Psychomanteum
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Postby pattyn » Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:54 pm

Thanks, Irene, for all the great info and for coming out from lurker status. Nice to meet you! Your work looks very interesting, and I see you have a few paid speaking engagements already booked for this year. Congratulations.
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Postby DrIrene » Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:30 pm

Thanks for the welcome, Patty. I hope that others who are considering the National Speakers Association will read my post to help them with their decision making. Thanks again for your quick response and warm welcome! Image Dr. Irene Blinston, Ph.D. http://www.blinston.com http://www.blinston.com/APA http://www.blinston.com/Astrology http://www.blinston.com/DrBlinston http://www.blinston.com/Psychomanteum
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