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From Gerry Lantz, NSA-PHL President 2016-2017

The Answer to the Question: “How Do I Become a Member of NSA?”

Gerry LantzMay 2017

I often hear the question from guests at our open meetings and elsewhere as I run into speakers, “How do I become a member of the local NSA chapter?” I tell them to be a member of our chapter they must first qualify as a professional member of the National Speakers Association. However, until they qualify, we are happy to welcome them as guests to our open meetings, the Speakers Academy, our socials, and other events.

If you are asked this question, I want you to have a ready answer without saying “hummm—ah—hummm.” Here goes. The NSA has made the requirements simpler than they have ever been.

To be eligible for professional membership, they need to meet at least ONE of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation.

They have given 20 or more presentations in front of live audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation: a letter from your employer. Go to the NSA website for a sample letter template.

OR They have received compensation for 20 or more presentations in front of live audiences of 15 or more within the 12 months prior to application.

OR They have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations in front of live audiences of 15 or more within the 12 months prior to application (regardless of the number of engagements).*

*Supporting documentation can include any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies, speaker agreements, tax returns, a letter or documents showing revenue has been generated as a result of your speaking engagements.

Not sure if you qualify for professional membership? Contact NSA Member Services at 480-968-2552 or email

My request of our current professional members: advise, mentor, or simply help active and emerging speakers you meet on their path to full professional membership in the NSA. One of the amazing things that binds all members of NSA together is the giving attitude we have toward each other.

So next time you’re asked about NSA membership you have the answer and share this link:

More members means more professionals, more friends, and more growth for everyone.

NEXT MEETING is with the sensationally innovative Steve Shapiro, CSP & CPAE. Sign up darn it because Steve is a must-experience brilliant expert and nice guy all around. Check out the title of his presentation.

How to have a Kick-Butt Business without Working Your Butt Off on Friday, May 19, 2017, 8:30am-12:00pm with Presenter: Stephen Shapiro, CSP, CPAE - REGISTER NOW ON OUR EVENTS CALENDAR!

See you this month!

My Best,

Gerry Lantz

Speaking More. Speaking Better.

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