Or aspiring to a local membership only with our chapter? Check out our Associate Membership option.
NSA, founded in 1973, is now a community of more than 4,000 professional speakers who continue to pursue a higher level in their careers.
Are you serious about your speaking business and live in or around New York City? Then you must join our family of NYC speakers. We are a group of experts who speak professionally. We have certified speaking professionals, Hall of Fame Speakers, Past Presidents of NSA in our chapter, and we invite you to become part of our great community. All our members subscribe to the NSA Code of Ethics and the guidelines noted in our Chapter By-laws.
If you wish to be a part of a like-minded community of speaking professionals, a local community where sharing of ideas and helping each other is a way of life, our chapter is the place to be. We welcome a wide variety of speakers, including:
– full-time and part-time professional speakers
– corporate or independent trainers or seminar leaders
– workshop leaders or consultants
– facilitators, moderators or entertainers
– educators or authors
– speakers bureaus or hospitality professionals
“Being a member of the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association has deeply enriched my work and personal life in so many ways. Enhancing my speaking career though the lessons I’ve learned from visiting speakers is one such way, but more important by far have been the wonderful friendships I’ve developed with some of the most dynamic, caring, and inspiring people I’ve ever known.”
“Attending NSA NYC chapter meetings allows me to bounce ideas off of working professional speakers of all ages and stripes and receive immediate and relevant feedback. The camaraderie is second to none and I leave each and every meeting with a notepad chock full of notes and inspiration. The collective breadth of knowledge is amazing. I consider myself very lucky to be associated with this group of highly talented and committed peers.”
“NSA NYC is a fabulous family of like-minded experts and coaches who keep me on track every month. The synergy and the wisdom in our meetings is unmatched! I always look forward to our monthly connections, and without a doubt, I leave with more nuggets in my Speaker arsenal.”
|Professional Members||Chapter Associates||Guests|
|Annual Subscription Cost (paid monthly via autopayment)||$85/mo.
(requires NSA National membership – $570 initial investment with a $495 annual renewal)
(does not require NSA National membership)
|Initiation Fee (for new or lapsed members/associates)||$100||$100||—|
|Monthly Meetings, Summer Social, Holiday Celebration & Luncheon||INCLUDED IN SUBSCRIPTION||INCLUDED IN SUBSCRIPTION||$110 per meeting
Holiday celebration AND Luncheon (by invitation ONLY – PRICE TBD)
|Mastery Classes||INCLUDED IN SUBSCRIPTION||$40 per class
(or $297 for 9-class package)
|$50 per class
(or $377 for 9-class package)
|Virtual Summit||INCLUDED IN SUBSCRIPTION||$97||$127|
|Eligible for Annual Awards||ALL||SELECT||—|
|Eligible to present at Speaker Palooza Video Showcase||PREFERENCE||AS AVAILABLE AFTER PROFESSIONAL MEMBER PREFERENCE||—|
|Eligible to be a guest on chapter podcast||PREFERENCE||AS AVAILABLE AFTER PROFESSIONAL MEMBER PREFERENCE||—|
|Eligible to present “Member Insights” at Chapter Meeting||YES||—||—|
|Eligible to purchase ELEVATE Business Growth Masterminds||YES||—||—|
|Speaker Listing on chapter website||YES||—||—|
|Showcased as feature member on chapter website||ELIGIBLE||—||—|
|Promotion of your profile via e-mail & social media||ELIGIBLE||—||—|
|Board of Directors member||ELIGIBLE||—||—|
|NSA National Benefits – such as discounts on National conferences and events, access to health and liability insurance plans, discounted Zoom pricing, Speaker Magazine Subscription, free e-speakers account, and access to the NSA Digital Vault||YES||—||—|
STEP 1 – YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF NSA NATIONAL
Make sure your membership at NSA national has been approved and you are a professional member of the National Speakers Association.
STEP 2 – FILL OUT THE NSA NYC APPLICATION FORM
To become a member of the NYC chapter submit the information within the application form to the right.
STEP 3 – WE WILL VERIFY YOUR APPLICATION
After receiving your completed application, our Membership chair will verify your NSA membership and will send you a payment request via e-mail.
STEP 4 – PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES
Pay your membership fee via credit card or paypal.
STEP 5 – GET ACCESS TO ALL MEMBERSHIP AREAS
You’ll receive access to all members only areas on this website and on Facebook.
STEP 6 – JOIN US AND SAY HELLO
Join us at our next chapter event. We can’t wait to have you there and welcome you as a new member!
Are you interested in a local membership with our chapter? Read more about our membership options…we would be glad to have you!
Toastmasters does a superb job helping people develop and fine-tune their communication, leadership, and presentation skills. National Speakers Association is an organization of and for those who speak professionally.
No. At the NSA NYC chapter, we have an Associate level membership available for those who are not professional members of NSA. If you are a member of NSA you are eligible to be a professional member with added member benefits. Anyone may attend at a guest rate to many of our events.
Come to one of our meetings, meet our members and see for yourself all the benefits of membership. We welcome non-members to our meetings and host an information session at the end of the main meeting.
Yes. Our Speaker University program offers a curriculum for those newer to the speaking profession, and many of our events offer high level industry expert information.
For some speakers giving keynotes is an important part of their business model. However, many of our members present workshops and seminars, and do quite well, but do not deliver many keynotes at all.
NSA NYC will help you learn how to expand your opportunities and manage the profession of speaking. Some of our programs each year do address marketing. The target audience of NSA NYC, however, are those who are already being paid – at least some of the time – to speak.
To become a Professional member of NSA NYC, one must also be a member of National NSA. There are minimum requirements for National membership that
are detailed here.
We strongly encourage those who are eligible to join National NSA since there are certain benefits, both on the National and chapter level, which can be quite valuable.
NSA-NYC welcomes all attendees to its meetings as guests. We also have a chapter associate membership available for those not yet members of the national NSA. Many who are not yet eligible to become professional members find that attending local meetings and presentations help them become more competitive and fine-tune their current or future business model as a speaker.
You would be in good company. Most speakers start with some sort of expertise but realize that their professionalism requires continued attention to their presentation styles and changing business models.
There is a mixed group of attendees at every meeting — some very well known, accomplished, long time speakers and others who are new in their professional speaking career. The content of each meeting is geared toward professionals but most of our presenters are quite accomplished in modeling how to address multiple experience levels at one time. There is also ample networking time built into each meeting.
No, we are not a speakers bureau. However, with your involvement in our association, you will meet plenty other speakers who could possibly recommend you for a speaking engagement, or connect you with speakers bureaus.
Yes. Our Speaker University program is designed to support your development to qualify for national membership through the curriculum and mentoring.
Visit nsaspeaker.org or call 480.968.2552 to speak with one of the excellent staff at the national headquarters of NSA.
We love to welcome chapter members from across the country and international speaking association members. Please let us know in advance you will be attending so we can officially welcome you.
Our meetings are scheduled once a month on a Friday afternoon, September through June in Midtown Manhattan. We host evening events many times throughout the year. We also host social events including a summer social in August, a holiday party in December and an end of year luncheon and award ceremony in June. See our calendar for full event listings and registration.
Our monthly chapter meetings typically take place on a Friday each month. Professional speakers with real-world experience share their useful information with us to enhance our practical knowledge of the speaking business. The typical agenda includes time for networking, an industry expert speaker and Q&A, chapter information, upcoming member opportunities, and member updates. After the main meeting we host a VIP session for first time attendees to learn more about joining the NSANYC chapter.
One of our member benefits is the opportunity to attend small group workshop style events called masterclasses. Registration is limited to a small number
of professional members who learn in an interactive environment on a specific aspect of the speaking business. These sessions are generally sold-out and in high demand.
Advanced Member Mastermind Groups are informal communities within our chapter, to encourage speakers of similar styles to connect and network. These niche groups meet casually throughout the year. Mastermind groups can be a more formal group of like-minded speakers who meet regularly to support each other to grow their businesses.
New York is a hub for excellence, and many of our national and international speaking colleagues visit for business and pleasure. When this happens, a Pop-Up Meeting is scheduled to create a casual gathering for visiting speakers and members to connect.
Use the event proposal form on our website. We book our speakers over a year in advance, but we welcome your suggestions to bring the very best to our meetings.
We would love you to be involved. This can begin with a small task and grow to a number of leadership opportunities. Contact any of our Board Members or the Immediate Past President who is the chair of the Nominating Committee for the next years board.
Absolutely. You are able to register as a guest for many of our events.