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2017 - Speakers Academy
For Aspiring & Experienced Speaking Professionals
Platform Speakers, Consultants, Trainers, Coaches, Authors, Keynotes, Educators

Leslie Pogue
2017 Dean

The National Speakers Association Greater Los Angeles Chapter (NSA GLAC) is proud to continue its acclaimed Speakers Academy for 2017 - shortening the professional speakers' learning curve now in its 17th 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 2017: 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.

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, April 8th, 2017. 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 November 11th.

Speakers Academy Dates:

  • April 8, 2017
  • May 13, 2017
  • June 10, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • August 12, 2017
  • September 9, 2017
  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017 - Graduation!

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

    Early bird price before March 20, 2017: $1,800

    $1,997.00 after March 20, 2017
       Payment in FULL or 3 Monthly Payments of $700 each, due by May 9, 2017 (total $2,100)

$400 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:

Leslie Pogue, Dean, As a Soft Skills expert, Leslie continues to find new and innovative ways to share her message; like the creation of the first annual SpeechCrawl in 2014 and incorporating her singing and acting background with her speaking style. Leslie has worked with speaking houses transforming their material with her style as well as created her own material that engages her audience and incorporates her five step Habit of Happy topic at various levels.

Leslie is an award winning Speaker, Trainer, and Author of 28 Days to Happy and The Positive Side of the Bad Stuff.

Tod Novak, President, 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.
Joel Block, President Elect, Joel is CEO of the Bullseye Capital Fund and founder of the National Association of Syndicators. Joel is a nationally recognized expert in Private Placements, Reg D Offerings, Operating Agreements, deal structure, valuations, tax issues and capital raising approaches with both accredited and non-accredited Investors. And though he doesn’t admit it often, Joel is also a CPA. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Joel is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, where he holds the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation plus he is a member of the elite NSA Million Dollar Speakers Group.
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.


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