NSA-WI/KC 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 the Speakers Academy is the place for you! 

The NSA-WI/KC Speakers Academy (Wisconsin/Kansas City) 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.

Benefits from Joining the NSA-WI/KC Speakers Academy

NSA-WI/KC Speakers Academy Online Academy Resources (SOAR): Access to high-quality, curriculum, templates and professional guidance designed to propel your business.

Interactive Academy Sessions: Five in-person 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-WI/KC Speakers 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/KC Speaker Academy, please contact Carlos Vides (carlos@carlosvidesacademy.com) or Jacy Imilkowski (jacy@jacyimilkowski.com)

Academy Fee

The Academy is a two-year program and begins in September. The cost is $750 per year. Payment options are:

  • Pay $750 when you enroll, and $750 at the beginning of the second year.
  • If you would like to pay monthly, you will need to join NSA-WI.

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Carlos Vides


Jacy Imilkowski

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