A Community of Professional Speakers
The St. Louis Chapter of the National Speakers Association
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost to be a member of NSA St. Louis?
When are meetings held?
Our meetings are typically held on the first Friday of each month, though holiday weekends do sometimes affect the meeting date.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at:
The Business Lodge
291 Chesterfield Center
However, meetings are currently being held on a virtual platform, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and will continue to be virtual until it is safe to meet in person again. The virtual meetings begin promptly at 9:00 am and do offer opportunities for virtual networking.
Can I get a refund if I’ve already registered?
Absolutely. Refund requests will be honored up until the day of the event. Send an email to the treasurer – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have attended Toastmasters; how is that different from NSA?
- 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 complementary 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. We also offer the Speakers Academy, which provides everything you need to launch a speaking business and succeed. 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 Speakers Academy?
The NSA-STL Speakers 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. Learn more.
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:
The Established Speaker Details
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.
Do I have to be a member to attend monthly meetings?
NSA-STL welcomes all attendees to its meetings. There are benefits to becoming an Aspiring or National member, but you are also welcome to attend as a guest. 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 workshops or seminars. Is NSA-STL for me?
Are there new and seasoned speakers in the chapter?
What are the benefits of joining NSA-STL?
How do I join NSA (National Speakers Association)?
What are NSA membership benefits?
How does NSA help prospective members qualify for membership?
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?
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.
- There is no limit to the number of staff or spouse you can bring.
Click here to submit staff/spouse fees and register for the next event.
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 Fee $20