NSA-KC is THE place for professional speakers! NSA provides the most comprehensive resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.

  • You are a professional speaker who wants to hone your craft and grow your business. NSA-KC offers workshops and professional development programs presented by national experts. Networking and building relationships with other professional speakers can develop trusted friendships and valuable resources for expanding your business.

  • You are not a speaker by profession but speaking is an important element of your professional role. NSA-KC recognizes the speaking need of coaches, authors, consultants, trainers, corporate executives and managers, non-profit organizers, school teachers, etc. 

  • You are an aspiring speaker looking for solid guidance on the speaking profession. NSA-KC will support you in developing both your professional speaking skills and business building skills. You are looking for a speaker for your next conference, event or corporate training and development. NSA-KC has a wealth of talent and expertise. As professional speakers, we are committed to high quality and service to our clients and follow the National Association’s Code of Ethics.


To support NSA members through advanced professional development, camaraderie and networking.

Key competencies

NSA-KC seeks to always advance professional speakers‘ skill sets in four core areas:

Eloquence - The art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations. This means creating the proper setting for an effective presentation as well as the concrete skills related to presenting, performing and theatrical methods.

Expertise - The knowledge, skills, and experience in a specific area. Speakers should know which body of expertise is ideal for them and be able to effectively research and develop their content.

Enterprise - The purposeful undertaking of a successful speaking business venture. This includes business management, sales and marketing knowledge, as well as the skills necessary to generate income through speaking engagements and other revenue streams.

Ethics - The principles or standards governing the conduct of those in the speaking profession. Ethics is the foundation and summation of the three other competencies. It is about who you are as a person - both personally and professionally - and encompasses your reputation, character and integrity.

Spirit of Cavett

Since it was established in 1973, the National Speakers Association's strength has sprung from its Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE. His love, encouragement, generosity and wisdom embody the spirit of NSA today.

Known affectionately across NSA, The Spirit of Cavett represents a unique element of love, sharing, support and encouragement not found in any other professional society.

Experience NSA and you'll experience the Spirit of Cavett.

Here are some Cavettisms we think you'll enjoy:

"Everybody has a big sign on them that says, Make me feel important!"

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you."

"Life can be a grinding stone or a polishing stone depending upon the substance of which we are made."

"If its to be it's up to me."

"Yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note; only today is legal tender, only now is negotiable."

"Adversity is the abrasive that gives the sharp edge to courage."

"Be afraid to die until you have won some great victory for mankind."

"People are persuaded more by the depth of our own conviction than by the height of our knowledge."

"If we believe in something strongly enough, we are a walking climate of positive acceptance. People can refuse words, but they can't refuse an attitude."

"We tell our ideas from our minds, but we sell our ideas from our hearts."

"To be pretty as a teenager is a work of nature, but to be beautiful, graceful and elegant as we begin to mature, that is a work of art."

"It's amazing how much people can do when they divorce themselves from concern over who gets the credit."

"Don't forget the divinity of simplicity."

"No one cares how much you know about your product or service, until they know how much you care about their problem."

"Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already defined his own limitations."


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