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Speakers Academy

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**Payment plans will be available.

Do you have a message to share with the world, but you aren’t sure how to start?  Or do you just feel like your current message isn’t resonating with event planners in today’s competitive field?

Whether you are a beginning speaker in need of the fundamentals, an intermediate speaker who wants 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, grow, or reboot a successful career in the speaking business, and will Fast Track Your Path to Pro – in just 6 sessions!

Designed by professional trainers, this proven 24-hour program offers the “inside track” on the multiple areas of mastery required to build and run a successful speaking business that fulfills your goals and dreams.

Our professional Co-Deans will work alongside top speaking industry experts who will serve as guest facilitators – sharing their best practices, lessons learned and decades of professional speaking expertise.

In other words, you will be learning from the best of the best speakers in the business at every session!

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Meet and Learn from Professional Industry Experts!

Amy Lemire NSA St. Louis

Amy Lemire, CSP

Shep Hyken NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy

Shep Hyken, CPAE, CSP, MDSG

Cathy Davis NSA St. Louis

Cathy Davis

Sam Silverstein NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy

Sam Silverstein, CSP, CPAE

Bubba Mills NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy

Bubba Mills, CSP

Lois Creamer NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy

Lois Creamer

NSA St. Louis Joe Fingerhut

Joe Fingerhut, CSP

NSA St. Louis Joe Fingerhut

Kevin Desrosiers

With all of our amazing experts, you will learn how to …

  • Navigate the speaking industry
  • Get clear on your niche and develop your topic offerings
  • Create a unique positioning statement that sets you apart from the rest
  • Identify and grow your target audience
  • UP your game with solid presentation skills that engage and captivate
  • Create and utilize professional relationships
  • Build a strong, sustainable speaking “business” 
  • Maximize product development and authorship
  • Put it all together as a professional speaker

**SPECIAL Spring 2024 BONUSES … the Create Your Speaker Marketing Toolkit workshop with Lois Creamer PLUS a special, interactive presentation on Artificial Intelligence with Kevin Desrosiers, where you will walk away with an AI-generated plan to streamline your content creation efforts!

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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.



In Person, virtual via Zoom, or get the recordings and set the schedule that works for you!


Dates: (alternating Saturdays)



Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**The Create Your Speaker Marketing Toolkit Workshop session will be 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The exact date for the workshop will be announced.  All times are Central Time.

Tuition Options:

  • Full Tuition

  • Early Bird Rate – significant savings for early registration!

  • Payment Plans – Break the full tuition into easy payments based on when you register.

  • Speakers Academy Alum Rate – This option is for past graduates of NSA St. Louis Speakers Academy who would like to go through the program again.


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Each session covers essential information, ranging from improving platform skills to marketing and
running your business.  By the end of the six sessions, you will be equipped with the tools you need to succeed
as a professional speaker in today’s ever-changing market.


Session topics include…


Professional Awareness and Topic Development

Sales and Marketing

Professional Development, Presenting and Performing, and Platform Mechanics

Managing the Business Side of Your Speaking Business

Authorship and Product Development

Putting it All Together as a Professional Speaker


Meet the Speakers Academy Co-Deans

Amy Lemire NSA St. Louis

Amy Lemire, CSP

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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Amy Lemire NSA St. Louis

Kevin Desrosiers

Kevin Desrosiers works with organizations and individuals who want to elevate their speaking skills so they can effectively deliver their message to coworkers, customers, and friends. He is an author, speaker, and public speaking coach.

His book, Bridge Over Adversity: True Stories About Overcoming Personal Challenges, teaches the 11 keys to overcoming any challenges life sends your way. Kevin offers two speaking programs to companies and organizations. The first is about the 11 keys in his book and the second is on how to capture your audience’s attention, keep it, and leave with a compelling call to action. As a public speaking coach, he has worked with executives, mid-level managers, and others who aspire to become better in the art of communication.

Kevin is also a two-time Distinguished Toastmaster and is a member of the Board of Directors for both NSA St. Louis and the St. Louis Publisher’s Association. In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography, magic, and table tennis.

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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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