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Go beyond anything you can learn on a web site, in a book, or with a single coach. Enroll in the NSA Pittsburgh Speakers Academy, a robust, comprehensive educational experience designed to help you propel your speaking business to the next level.

Organized locally, but based on a curriculum developed by the National Speakers Association, our Speakers Academy teaches you how to develop and market yourself to corporations, associations, and organizations who hire speakers - and pay to do so.  

This program is limited to just 20 participants and is comprised of 5 in-person half-day workshops and a handful of additional virtual sessions. This one-of-a-kind program provides the insight and tools you need to launch or grow your professional speaking business. 

What is a Speakers Academy?

Who should attend the SA?

The  Speakers Academy is for anyone who wants to learn how to build, grow, and maintain a viable, flourishing speaking business. 

Many who attend are entrepreneurs who have been speaking to promote their businesses, and now want to focus on generating revenue from speaking. Others have a vision of starting their own speaking business someday.  Past participants include consultants, training and development professionals, coaches, authors, ministers, financial planners, instructors and facilitators.  

Anyone who loves to speak, who has a passion for the speaking business, and who’s willing to do the work to get there is an ideal candidate!

Topic and content development. Marketing and branding. Sales, negotiation, and pricing. Platform excellence. These are just a few of the deep-dive topics our 20 Academy participants will explore. 

Along the way, there will be an emphasis on providing tools and templates - think contracts, proposals, outlines, etc. - so you can put your learning into action right away.

In total, this program will help you refine your business strategy, increase your visibility, create a fee schedule, develop product lines, & improve your platform skills.

About the Curriculum

Dawnna St. Louis

Jeff Tobe, CSP

These professionals will contribute in-person or virtual content to the 2018 NSA Pittsburgh Speakers Academy.

Patricia Fripp, CSP CPAE

Meet our Educators

Joe Mull

Bob Pacanovsky

Dr. Renee Thompson

David Newman, CSP

Bonnie Budzowski

Joel Block, CSP

Ford Saeks, CSP

Dates & agenda for the Speakers Academy

In-Person Workshop Dates:

In addition to 5 in-person workshops and the post-program picnic, 4 virtual learning sessions will be held. These sessions are optional and dates are TBD.

Saturday, January 20, 2018: 

Brand Positioning and Topic Development

Saturday, February 10, 2018: 

Finding Clients and Setting Fees

Saturday, March 10, 2018:

Content Development and Tribe-building

Saturday, April 14, 2018: 

Platform Excellence

Saturday, May 19, 2018: 

Professional Awareness & Putting it All Together

Saturday, June 9, 2018 

Academy Graduation & Celebration Picnic (Time is TBD)

12:00 PM Lunch on-site for all participants

12:30 PM Workshop kick-off/prior program review

1:00 PM Academy Session Part I

2:30 PM Afternoon break

2:45 PM Academy Session Part II

4:30 PM De-brief and post-program assignments

5:00 PM Program adjourns

Agenda for In-Person Workshops:

Academy workshop sessions will be held after each of our Winter/Spring 2018 programs. Sessions are 12pm to 5pm on the dates listed below at the Courtyard by Marriott at the Waterfront, 401 W. Waterfront Dr., Homestead, PA 15120


All-inclusive pricing for the Speakers Academy

Last call...just 3 seats remain.

Don't wait. Reserve your seat today.

General Admission

Registration includes 5 in-person half-day workshop sessions, lunch at all in-person sessions, up to 5 virtual learning sessions, recordings of virtual sessions, course binder, all course materials, and post-program picnic.

Enrollment announcement from the 

NSA Pittsburgh Chapter President 

Only 20 spots are available.  Don't wait!

Act now to shorten your runway to success.

What are you waiting for?

Register now to secure your seat in the NSA Pittsburgh 2018 Speakers Academy and take your business to the next level in 2018!