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NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy Equips
Speakers for Success!

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Whether you are a beginning speaker in need of the fundamentals, an intermediate speaker looking to get more ideas to take your speaking business to the next level, or a professional speaker in need of a results rescue, Speakers Academy is for you!


Speakers Academy provides all the information you need to launch or grow a successful career in the speaking business.


Designed by professional trainers, the 24-hour program offers the “inside track” on how to launch and grow a successful speaking business.


Dean Amy Lemire will work alongside top speaking industry experts who will be guest session facilitators to share best practices, lessons learned and decades of professional speaking expertise.


At every session, students will learn the inside out from the best speakers in the business.

Want to be notified when the next session is scheduled?
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Speakers Academy Goals: From Student to Stage to Entrepreneur

NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy focuses on how to develop and market to people at corporations, associations, and organizations who hire—and invest in—keynotes, workshops, consulting and training.


Students will learn how to:

  • Refine business plans
  • Increase visibility
  • Create a fee schedule
  • Craft marketing strategies
  • Develop profitable products
  • Improve platform skills
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NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy Pricing and Logistics:




Anyone 18 or older who wants to launch or grow a speaking business is welcome to attend. You don’t have to be a current member of NSA St. Louis.



Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Chesterfield, MO


Virtual via Zoom



Alternating Saturdays for a total of six sessions


Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



  • Early Bird Rate – Sign up early for up to $100 savings off the Full Tuition rate!

  • Payment Plans are available

  • A special rate for NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy Graduate/Alumni is also available

Want to be notified when the next session is scheduled?
Let us know you’re interested, and we will let you know
when the next date is set.


Each session covers essential information, ranging from improving platform skills to marketing and running
your business. Participants will be equipped with the tools they need to succeed as professional speakers
in today’s ever-changing market.


Session 1 – Introduction, Professional Awareness and Topic Development

Students will identify their core area of expertise and discover how to define and refine topics for target audiences.

Session 2 – Sales and Marketing

Success in the speaking business depends upon one’s ability to market services. This session covers positioning, the importance of the sales cycle, and marketing techniques to get booked.

Session 3 – Professional Development, Presenting and Performing, and Platform Mechanics

Developing speaker skills includes commitment to the profession, the art of presentation skills, and the logistics of speaking from the stage. Learn about everything from “owning the room” to managing the microphone.

Session 4 – Managing Your Business

While someone can be great on stage, what happens behind the scenes drives success. Understand how to set up and maintain the business side to take speaking from a hobby or sideline into a profit center.

Session 5 – Authorship and Product Development

Giving a speech is only one-way professional speakers build their businesses. Books, workbooks, CDs, webinars, and workshops are among the array of ways to generate profits by expanding your platform.

Session 6 – Putting it All Together / Graduation

Time to take a bow! You’ve gone through the 10-module workbook, heard from top-notch speakers in 24 hours of classes! Now, it’s time to take the stage and make a speech. Class concludes with a graduation celebration with NSA St. Louis board members, Certified Speaking Professionals, faculty, and guests.

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Meet the Speakers Academy Dean and Co-Dean

Amy Lemire NSA St. Louis

Amy Lemire

Amy Lemire helps sales and success-driven stars crush their results – so they can live a life of peace, leave a life of stress, and be the best version of themselves.  Amy is the President and CEO of AIM Training and Consulting, Inc..  She is the author of Amazon #1 Best Seller From Zero to Sales Hero and From Zero to Speaker Hero.  Amy began her journey as a Sales Strategist, Trainer, and Keynote Speaker over 25 years ago.  She has been recognized as a top med-tech Fortune 50 sales performer, speaker, facilitator, and international sales trainer.  She is a Success Habitfinder Coach, certified through the Og Mandino Group and Leadership Institute.  Amy is a Distinguished Toastmaster, a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association, and served on the Board of Directors for National Speakers Association in both the Chicago, IL and St. Louis Chapters.  She has also served as the Dean of Speakers Academy for both NSA-IL and NSA St. Louis, to help aspiring speakers succeed and profit in the business of professional speaking.  Amy is the North America Director of Sales Training and Performance Effectiveness for ICU Medical.

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Cathy Davis NSA St. Louis

Cathy Davis

Founder/CEO Davis Creative Publishing Partners
Creative Publishing Consultant, Designer, Imagineer
Multiple #1 Amazon International Bestselling Author

Cathy spent the bulk of her career as a Designer and Creative Director of Corporate Communications for a global financial institution. Managing a team of 18 designers and print specialists, they supported the new business efforts of the Trust Division, providing custom sales presentation books for relationship Managers around the globe.

Cathy founded Davis Creative, LLC in January of 2004 after corporate downsizing. What originally began as a boutique creative services agency, is now known as a sought-after publishing industry leader, providing concierge publishing services for authors, speakers, trainers and consultants throughout the US and several foreign countries. Cathy and her team use the power of publishing to help their authors establish credibility, create deeper client connections, and build a business buzz.

Cathy believes we all have a story to tell, and it is through our stories that we are able to find our voice, share our wisdom, and make a difference in the lives of others. Wisdom not shared is wisdom lost forever.

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