Frequently Asked Questions…
Does it cost to be a member of NSA St. Louis?
The National Speakers Association is a professional association of speakers and membership at both the local and national level have an associated fee. Click here to learn more about member benefits.
When are meetings held?
Our meetings are typically held on a Friday during the month.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at :
300 North Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, MO. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the meeting begins at 9:30 am.
Can I get a refund if I've already registered?
Absolutely. Refund requests will be honored through the day of the event. Send an email to the treasurer at treasurer@nsa-STL.com.
I have attended Toastmasters; how is that different from NSA?
The National Speakers Association is an organization of and for those who speak professionally. So that you can impact more people with your work, and support the lifestyle you desire, NSA focuses on helping you:
- Elevate your speaking skills to the highest level possible
- Continually grow your business
Toastmasters is a great organization to help you hone your speaking skills and get feedback on new material. Many members find that the two organizations are very complimentary and actively participate in both organizations.
Does speaking professionally mean giving keynote addresses to large audiences?
For some speakers giving keynotes is an important part of their business model. However, many of our member’s present workshops and seminars, and do quite well, but do not deliver many keynotes at all. Recent membership polls indicate that for a great majority of NSA members, their primary income sources are actually not traditional keynotes, but training, coaching, consulting and other revenue streams.
I would like to speak professionally; will NSA-STL teach me how to get paid to speak?
NSA-STL will help you learn how to expand your opportunities and manage the profession of speaking. Several of our programs each year do address marketing and sales. The target audience of NSA-STL, however, are those who are already being paid — at least some of the time — to speak.
What is the NSA-STL Speaker Academy?
The NSA-STL Speaker Academy can set the solid foundation for a career in professional speaking and/or advance the career of the person already speaking! Based on the four competencies of the National Speakers Association, this Academy delivers top notch professional education with the nuts and bolts necessary to build your business. All classes are be taught by Professional Members of the National Speakers Association.
What is a Professional Membership in NSA-STL?
To become a Professional member of NSA-STL, one must also be a member of National NSA. There are minimum requirements for National membership that are detailed here:
We strongly encourage those who are eligible to join National NSA since there are certain benefits, both on the National and chapter level, which can be quite valuable.
NSA-STL welcomes all attendees to its meetings as guests.
Many who are not yet eligible to become Professional members find that attending local meetings and presentations help them become more effective and fine-tune their current or future business model as a speaker.
I do a lot of public speaking or workshops or seminars as a part of my work but I don’t define myself as a speaker. Is NSA-STL for me?
You would be in good company. Most speakers start with some sort of expertise but realize that their professionalism requires continued attention to their presentation styles and changing business models.
I am a very experienced speaker; will I find myself surrounded by people just starting out? OR I am a very inexperienced speaker; will I find myself over my head?
There is a mixed group of attendees at every meeting — some very well known, accomplished, long time speakers and others who are new in their professional speaking career. The content of each meeting is geared toward professionals but most of our presenters are quite accomplished in modeling how to address multiple experience levels at one time. There is also ample networking time built into each meeting.
What are the benefits of joining NSA-STL?
Ask any NSA-STL member! Fantastic educational opportunities, networking and relationship building at the local level are of monumental importance when building a successful speaking business. Membership will help you learn how to grow your business, give you a platform to discuss issues that impact your business and help you to create affiliations with associations and other organizations that will help you expand even more. Each year the NSA-STL board works to add new benefits for its membership. Click for a list of member benefits.
How do I join NSA (National Speakers Association)?
Click here for more information on joining as a National Member.
What are the NSA membership benefits?
As a member you will receive 10 issues a year of the NSA Professional Speaker magazine along with the monthly CD series, Voices of Experience. You will be listed in the website directory, which is updated monthly. There is also an NSA designation that members can earn called the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). NSA offers members discounts on group insurance plans, Airborne Express, National Car Rental and a discounted membership rate at NSA-STL events.
How does NSA help prospective members qualify for membership?
NSA will continue to encourage developing speakers through ancillary programs and access to educational materials designed for the professional speaker. Non-qualifying speakers will be able to access NSA’s educational materials by attending NSA’s national meetings, subscribing to Professional Speaker magazine and accessing information provided through the NSA website.
NSA-STL sponsors Speakers Academy, a six-week course providing all the information you’ll need to understand the business of speaking. Created and taught by professional presenters, this program offers the “inside scoop” on how to be successful in the speaking business.
Can I bring a guest if I am a chapter member or aspiring speaker?
- Guest are always welcome, but asked to pay the standard guest fee for the event
Can I bring a spouse or staff member if I am a chapter member or aspiring speaker?
- $20 for each spouse or staff member to attend ½ day meeting
- $30 for each spouse or staff member to attend FULL day meeting and lunch
- There is no limit to the number of staff or spouse you can bring
Can I send a spouse or staff member in place of me to a meeting?
- Yes, for no additional charge, you may send a spouse or staff member in your place for free.
- Additional staff or spouse attendees follow the same guidelines above, $20 / $30
How to register for an event if you're a Chapter Member of Aspiring Speaker
Please click here and follow the event registration instructions
If I have questions who do I contact?
Please use the form to the right to submit your question and someone from our board will promptly respond to your inquiry.