Home / Become a Professional Speaker / NSA/GLAC Speakers Academy    

Blog     Contact Us     Login   

2016 - Speakers Academy
For Aspiring & Experienced Speaking Professionals
Platform Speakers, Consultants, Trainers, Coaches, Authors, Keynotes, Educators

Video Testimonials

The National Speakers Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter (NSA GLAC) is proud to continue its acclaimed Speakers Academy for 2016 - shortening the professional speakers' learning curve now in its 16th year. This program will turbo-charge your career by helping you:

  • Chart your own course for speaking success based on your unique goals and aspirations as a part time or full time speaker

  • Develop the four core competencies of the professional speaker

  • Gain powerful and practical insights, on a monthly basis, from professional speakers who are practicing what you are learning

  • Learn how to adapt your speaking skills to the strong currents of change dominating the speaking and training environment

  • Build lasting relationships with other Academy attendees, NSA GLAC, and Academy expert faculty to help build a successful speaking business

  • Qualify for professional membership in the National Speakers Association

Accelerate your speaking career by immersing yourself in our dynamic-results-focused program designed for speakers, by speakers. You will learn from a respected faculty of experts from the NSA GLAC Board of Directors, Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP), and former graduates who will teach what they are successfully practicing on and off the platform.

Join the many Academy graduates who qualified for NSA GLAC membership upon completion of their fulfilling experience. In addition to the modules over an 8 month period, you will receive the following benefits courtesy of NSA GLAC:

  • (3) 2 minute Demo Videos displaying your talents: Value $300
  • Coaching session on delivering your Demo Video: Value $500
  • Mentor Group Coaching based on your level of speaking professionally: Value $5k
  • Free admission for every monthly NSA GLAC Chapter Meeting, March - December 2016: Value $450
  • Membership/Apprentice Dues for GLAC Chapter: Value $195
  • 8 Monthly Academy Sessions: Value $2,000
  • Networking and long-term relationships PRICELESS!

Total real value $8,445.00

Our graduates include a television host, identity theft expert, a fundraising outreach specialist, a breast cancer physician, a single-mom expert, and even a University professor. Whether you hold a Ph.D., a J.D., or a high school diploma, Speakers Academy is for you. Let the Academy help you translate your expertise into marketplace success.

Watch Demo Videos from Academy graduates.

Tod Novak
2016 Dean of NSA-GLAC Academy
Speakers Academy Topics:
  • Orientation
  • Professional Awareness
  • Topic Development
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Professional Relationships
  • Presenting and Performance
  • Platform Mechanics
  • Authorship and Product Development
  • Managing Your Business
  • Putting It All Together

Class dates and topics are subject to change

Sessions begin on Saturday, March 12th 2016 at the National University location near LAX. Students will meet the faculty and advisory board in an opening orientation to the speaking industry and the Academy program to build your business. The Academy program continues to meet monthly on the second Saturday of each month, through to Oct. 12th.

Speakers Academy Dates:

  • March 12, 2016
  • April 9, 2016
  • May 14, 2016
  • June 11, 2016
  • July 9, 2016
  • August 13, 2016
  • September 10, 2016
  • October 8, 2016 new date
  • November 12, 2016 - Graduation!

Speakers Academy Tuition:
(including all the benefits mentioned above)

       Payment in FULL or 3 Monthly Payments of $700 each, by April 9th (total $2,100)

Special 25% Discount for NSA National Members who join the program at the terms above.

Please note: A Limited number of seats are available for this program each year at each level of proficiency.

Payments can be sent to:

9272 Jeronimo Rd
Suite 107A #115
Irvine, CA 92618

Application Process

Please complete and return the application. Once we receive it one of the Speakers Academy Board of Advisors will schedule a telephone appointment to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. If it appears that the Speakers Academy is a good fit for you, we will notify you of your approval and request the first payment.

World Class Faculty, Guest Speakers & Advisory Board:

Tod Novak, Academy Dean and President Elect, is referred to as America's Sales and Motivational Expert, and is CEO of The Novak Group. His compelling book is called "Has Technology Left Us Speechless?" Tod was AOL's #1 salesperson and holds the national sales record out of 50,000 people, and increased one of his client's profits 400 million dollars Starting his first business at the age of 9, Tod has a lifetime of "real world" business experience. Tod is Founder and Past President of NSA New Mexico, and has been a proud member of the National Speakers Association for 13 years.
Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, is a Motivational Expert, Sales Consultant, Entertainer & Author of 16 books including international best-sellers, The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. He's in the Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame since 2012 and voted TOP 5 Sales/Service Speakers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. 5 yrs. in a row! Radio Host Recipient of the Golden Gavel Award and The Cavett Award. Past president: National Speakers Association. 39 years of professional presentations to over 2,900 clients worldwide.

Darren Kavinoky is an American criminal lawyer and television journalist and creator of the television show Deadly Sins on Investigation Discovery. He is also a Certified Intervention Professional. Darren is an on-air legal analyst and a special correspondent for the syndicated show The Insider, on legal, political, and pop-culture issues. He has also appeared on Entertainment Tonight, NBC's Today Show, Dr. Phil, CNN Headline News, and other national/local television and radio programs. Darren contributes a video blog to The Insider. Currently on the Board of Directors of NSA's Greater Los Angeles Chapter.
Connie Pheiff, MBA, MCC is the current President of the NSA/GLAC and is best known as the Queen of the Ask, the attitude and achievement expert. Connie is a master trainer helping experts worldwide engage and achieve more. Visionary leaders are quickly able leverage their unique talents into an influential leader and persuasive team builder. She is a powerhouse in business creating cultures of engagement and excellence. Clients include trade associations; corporations and entrepreneurs looking to become highly paid speakers & trainers. Connie is a board member of the Greater Los Angeles National Speakers Association & Toastmasters Int'l.
Tom Oser, PhD, MBA, is the Former Dean of the 2015 Academy and a Past President of the NSA/GLAC. He is a business strategist, sales leader and recovering technology. As a senior executive for a U.S. based manufacturer, he led over $300 MM in annual sales, finishing in the top spot for the last five years running. He speaks on sales management, business strategy, operations and technology management. He is an adjunct member at PENN in Tech Mgt.
Terry Hawkins, CSP, Ex-President of NSA/GLAC. An exceptional award winning, inspiring speaker and educator, with 30 years' experience reaching people from all over the world, Terry masterfully delivers a wide range of topics as a high energy, humorous, female motivational speaker (from attitude change, effective sales techniques to leadership training and more). As a powerful business speaker she gets results; most booked female professional speaker that Australia has seen, she now shares her talents across the USA.


Find a Speaker

Speaker Search
About NSA Speakers
Apprentice Directory
Charity Speakers

Next Event
Calendar of Events
Prior Events
Become a Professional Speaker

NSA/GLAC Speakers Academy
NSA Qualifications
NSA Professional Competencies

Application for Membership
Benefits of Membership
Membership Types
Spirit of Cavett

Prior Events
NSA Books
Member Offerings

President's Message
Leadership Team
Past Presidents
Member of the Year
NSA Code of Ethics
Sponsorship Opportunities
866.519.7730 | info@nsaglac.org | 9272 Jeronimo Rd., Suite 107A #115, Irvine, CA 92618