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In 1973 Cavett Robert started the National Speakers Association (NSA) to support professional speakers – people who speak for a living and have a speaking business – to learn, exchange ideas and share experiences. The NSA-KC chapter strives to honor that intent by supporting professional NSA members in a 5-state region (Kansas, Western Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas). We welcome individuals who are professional members of National Speakers Association and who want to develop mastery in both their speaking and business building skills.

How to join 

To be a member of NSA-KC you first need to be a professional member of the National Speakers Association. To qualify for NSA professional membership you need to meet ONE of the following professional membership criteria:

  • Option 1 – You have received compensation for 20 or more presentations within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies, speaker agreements, tax returns or documents showing revenue has been generated as a result of your speaking engagements.
  • Option 2 – You have given 20 or more presentations to audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation: a letter from your employer.
  • Option 3 – You have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations (number of speaking engagements does not matter) within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation can be: contracts, paid invoices, check copies or tax returns showing speaking income.

To apply for professional membership in NSA, go to www.NSASpeaker.org or call 480-968-2552.

Apply for NSA-KC membership

After you are a professional member of NSA, join NSA-KC and connect with speakers in our 5-state area. Fill out the online membership application below and pay your dues here. The membership fee is $360 per year, renewable on July 1.

The Member Plus Package doubles your membership value and includes all of the following:

  • Attendance at 4 educational programs presented by CSP and CPAE speakers.
  • Access to the new "30 Days that Pay" follow-up sessions.
  • Exclusive access to 5 MasterClass virtual sessions.
  • Special invites to members-only gatherings.
  • 1 free educational program pass for a guest of your choosing.
  • New website and social media features to enhance your business.
  • And more...(all valued at $600)!

Learn more about the benefits of NSA-KC membership.

After receiving your completed application and payment, the chapter administrator will verify NSA membership and forward your information to the membership director, who will contact you to schedule a New Member Orientation. Our members abide by NSA's Code of Professional Ethics.

If you prefer to pay your dues by check (payable to NSA-KC), mail to PO Box 104, Bonner Springs, KS 66012.

Ready to join?  Complete the information below.

Join 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

Learn more about the Speakers Academy here. For specific questions, contact Frank Clay (callhere4me@gmail.com or Jacy Imilkowski( jacy@jacyimilkowski.com).

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