Want to build a speaking business but you're not quite sure where to begin?

Have you started making some traction but you're just not where you want to be?
Are you an established speaker who needs to make some adjustments in the new "now" that we are living in?

If ANY of this resonates with you, then you do not want to miss out on the 2022 NSA LA Speakers Academy!

Make your words mean business and learn from the pros!
We have over 22 confirmed instructors who are going to teach you everything from nailing down your topic to choosing the right business model to crafting your signature keynote

The Speakers Academy is the place for aspiring speakers to learn and collaborate and established speakers to improve and polish.

Whether you're looking to design and launch your professional speaking business from scratch or learn ways to navigate new opportunities,
the Speakers Academy is for you.

The NSA Speakers Academy

Making Words Mean Business

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You’re called to be a professional speaker …
and you need a path forward

OK – you’ve delivered your talk or seminar in public, several times, and perhaps have already been paid for speaking.  Technically, that makes you a “professional” speaker.

And, it may be that you’ve decided to do this regularly and make a living at it … and thus it becomes so tempting, this early in the game, to agree to speak for free or for very low fees in order to “build momentum”.

But … be careful to not run up against the first law of professional speaking economics: You can only speak for free, or at a loss, until your money runs out.

You see others who are consistently paid well to speak. So, why not you? The answer lies in your approach to business of professional speaking - from generating relevant topics and re-usable content; to finding audiences and building a following through effective marketing; to setting your fees and negotiating with the secrets and skills of an “FBI hostage negotiator” – literally – no kidding!

There are many who will offer unsolicited friendly advice, or try to sell you coaching and consulting on how to build your professional speaking business.  They will all tell you to do one or a few of these following things, ALL of which we address in the Academy:
  • DEVELOP your “niche”, your signature story, your brand, an elevator speech; story-telling skills, your business model, and even a business plan!
  • LEARN HOW TO hone your topic, write and self-publish a book, launch a podcast, create and use video effectively, write blogs, launch a YouTube channel, and digitally market your business.
  • COLLABORATE with peers to compare, contrast and identify how parts of your path and approach are unique; established professional speakers; friendly colleagues; and the 20+ pros teaching the academy.

It all adds up:  Indeed, for the rest of your career, you should invest in yourself.  No question about it. But, beware that by starting to pursue the study of all these things, without prior knowledge, and doing so on an a la carte basis … in no time at all, you’ll find yourself spending well into the five figures!

Avoid the buyer’s remorse of investing in the wrong things, at the wrong time. The best way to do this is by learning the speaking business  from top to bottom, from those who’ve successfully traveled the path before you, like the team of NSA professional speakers who comprise our faculty. 

Typical Outcomes for Academy Members:

  • Well-developed topic
  • Clear business model and plan
  • Signature keynote
  • Marketing videos
  • Solid collaborative network
  • The chance to speak at TedX

You know that your career is worth the bet. So, bet on yourself by investing in the Professional Speakers Academy

The Speakers Academy is a Success Blueprint...

The Speakers Academy is a Success Blueprint that has been developed over many years.  The course will take you step-by-step through the exact process that has been used by many of our Million Dollar Speakers Group members, to build and maintain a high-performing speaking business.  The lessons in this course will give you the right tools to create a profitable speaking business.

Special offer! Enroll now and get a $300 discount !

Here’s When The Academy Meets...

All sessions will be held online.
The first in-class session starts on December 8 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

2nd Wednesday Online Sessions:

  • Weds, December 8 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, January 12 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Weds, February 9 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Weds, March 9 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Weds, April 13 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Weds, May 11 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Weds, June 8 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm

4th Wednesday Online Sessions:

  • Weds, December 29 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, January 26 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, February 23 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, March 30 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, April 27 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 
  • Weds, May 25 @ 4:00 - 6:30 pm 

Here’s What You’ll Get...

6 In-Class Sessions Value $2,500

Six in-person monthly class sessions with established professional speakers

Zoom Master Classes
Value $2,000

Five live Zoom-based interactive sessions on 

“The Business of Speaking”

3 Promotional Videos
Value $1,800

Three 2-minute promotional videos: Recorded and edited by pro videographer

Mastermind Group 
Value $2,000

Peer working groups under the guidance of professional mentors

Content Generation 
Value $1,000

Build your speech in a self-study, recorded program to generate your Keynote speech

The BBQ Hot Seat 
Value $500

Live Coaching to find clarity in your message to help buyers understand your value

Speakers Manual
Value $300

The NSA Professional Speakers Manual - A national standard edited and updated for you

All Access Pass
Value $350

Attend all NSA LA chapter meetings, Brain Collectives & virtual summits at NO COST.

FrippVT Full Access
Value $616

Craft your kenote and become and sound more confident and credible. 

TOTAL VALUE: $11,066
Academy Tuition: $2,200

Early Bird Special: $1,900

Here’s what one Famous Graduate has to say...

Chris Voss

FBI Hostage Negotiator

"Never Split the Difference"

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author:

"What I learned, not only taught me how to put together a great Keynote Speech, but it gave me the ideas for the sample chapter that I wrote for my book, 'Never Split the Difference' which got me my book deal with Harper Collins"

So...what’s in the Speakers Academy?

Here’s what we know...that you need to know...to design, launch and grow your business...

The academy will alternate between In-Person Modules and Virtual Masterclass sessions


In-Person Module 1: Your "Topic"

Saturday, November 13, 2021


VMC 1: What's Your Business Model

Wednesday, December 1, 2021


In-Person Module 2: Let's Talk About Your Talk

Saturday, December 11, 2021


VMC 2: What Are Your Offerings?

Wednesday, December 29, 2021


In-Person Module 3: Want to Write a Book?

Saturday, January 8, 2022


VMC 3: Fripp Hotseat with Fripp Herself!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022


Module 4: Want to Sell to Associations? 

Saturday, February 12, 2022


VMC 4: So You Want to be a Corporate Speaker?

Wednesday, February 23, 2022


Module 5: How Are You Marketing Your Business?

Saturday, March 12, 2022


VMC5: What to Speak Online?

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Module 6: Let's Film Your Marketing Videos!

Saturday, April 9, 2022


VMC 6: Want to Sell from a Platform?


In-Person Module 7: Graduation!


VMC 7: So You Wanna Be Funny? Preparing for TedX

… and that’s what you’ll know 
by Joining The 2020-21 Professional Speakers Academ


Bonus 1
Private Facebook Group
Value $400

You will get exclusive access to our members-only Facebook group where you will meet and interact with not only your fellow classmates, but also previous Speakers Academy Graduates!

The group dynamic plays such a valuable part in your success.  Being with fellow speakers who can answer questions, share successes and motivate you will be a game changer!


Bonus 2
L.A. Chapter Membership
Value $195 

NSA-LA Chapter Associate Membership from the time of registration for one year!

Membership definitely has its privileges!  From the date of registration, you'll receive one year of free membership to the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association to be able to take advantage of all the free benefits our members enjoy.

Bonus 3
Free Event Registration
Value $300

Free-Registration at 2021-22 NSA LA Monthly Meetings!

While active in the academy, you'll receive complimentary event access to the monthly meetings for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association  Attend the meetings free to network and hear the business success secrets and proven strategies shared by members of our National Million Dollar Speakers Group!

About Academy Production Director

A.J. MacQuarrie has been part of NSA LA since 2015 and is an alumni of the 2016 Speaker's Academy. He is an entrepreneur who has been through it all; from the highs of turning a $20,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business to the lows of sitting in bankruptcy court. He is the former CEO of KarmaBox Vending, one of the world’s first healthy vending companies that expanded to over 80 cities across the United States. He credits compelling marketing to the rapid growth of that business, and a flawed business model for its demise. That humbling experience changed him forever, making him a more intentional entrepreneur. Today, he is the CEO of Keep Going Media, an agency helping entrepreneurs spark growth. He also co-hosts the 40 Under 40 Podcast with NSA LA board member Caitlin Crommett. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Setback Advantage: Crafting Your Entrepreneurial Comeback After Failures, Flukes, and F-Ups."

Meet the Instructors

Don’t Drive Blindfolded!
The Academy Provides the Roadmap to Professional Speaking

You need to invest in yourself and your business.  After all, why wouldn’t you bet on you?   But, don’t start out blindly spending money on coaching, consulting, skills development and learning business skills without knowing the range of things to be considered. Spending randomly - a few hundred here, a few thousand there - it adds up quickly!

Know before you go! Become clear about the competitive market landscape and assess your level as a professional speaker so you can determine your own road ahead. The Academy will expose you to the full range of professional development and business topics that are critical to professional speaking success.

The value of participating in the Academy: For the quality of our faculty and curriculum … conservative estimates of the return on investment (ROI) far exceeds 200% over your participation fee. You would have to spend over $7000 to purchase comparable education, coaching and consulting on how to “build your professional speaking business”. And that’s if you already know what to study, where to find it, and can negotiate the deals.

The choices you make for the investment of your time, talent and treasure create your envisioned future …  

The Professional Speaker Academy provides the road map to that future.   “Priceless!”

EarlY Bird course rate

$300 Discount Off the Standard Academy Rate




NOTE: your seat will be locked in at the Early Bird rate and then you will be taken to the application page.

PAY IN 3 installments

Pay 3 Installment Payments Over 3 Months




NOTE: your seat will be locked in at the Early Bird rate and then you will be taken to the application page.

Early Bird Enrollment for first 10 applicants ONLY!


100% Satisfaction Guarantee

After the first full session, before the start the start of the second session (30 days after the first session), if for any reason you find that the Speakers Academy is not the right fit for you, we will issue a full refund, no questions asked. It is our goal to provide you with the greatest value and the tools you need to launch and run an effective speaking business.  There are so many of our graduates who have gone on to achieve the highest level of speaking success and it is our goal to give you every tool and a proven blueprint to build your own speaking business.

Don’t wait! Look at what past students have to say about this course

Armando Yee Jr.

TV Producer, Fox Sports Intl

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Had I not joined the Academy I wouldn't have learned exactly how to enter this business.  It has been overall a terrific experience and I would recommend it to anyone...Highly recommended!

Diana Jennings

Personal Brand & Image Strategist

Providing a Framework to Build a Speaking Business

There was a framework I learned that helped me to build my confident and give me courage to step out of my comfort zone and build a business as a speaker.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a “professional” speaker already?

Will I learn Public Speaking in the Academy?

Academy vs. Toastmasters … What’s the difference? 

What if I can’t make a live session?

Will I have regularly scheduled one-on-one professional coaching?

How do I apply & enroll? Can I get a refund if I don’t like it?

EarlY Bird course rate

$300 Discount Off the Standard Academy Rate




NOTE: your seat will be locked in at the Early Bird rate and then you will be taken to the application page.

PAY IN 3 installments

Pay 3 Installment Payments Over 3 Months




NOTE: your seat will be locked in at the Early Bird rate and then you will be taken to the application page.

We're In This Together!

You will NOT be on this journey alone. I know that with the support of your mentors, your amazing Academy staff and all the fantastic speakers who are going to pull back the curtains and share their secrets, that you will be blown away by the amount of experience and ninja-level marketing strategies that are being given to you.

I look forward to being with you, each step of your journey!

Congratulations, on taking the first and best steps possible, to launch your speaking business to the next level!

Karine LeBlanc | President, NSA-LA