Issue No. 34 - April/May 2007
Practically speaking, it‘s a career
The National Speakers Association of Australia was formed to represent professional speakers throughout Australia. The aim of the organisation is to help successful speakers grown their businesses and to promote a level of professional conduct and ethics within the speaking industry.
NSAA has members in SA, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and WA. It is also a member of the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
It has slowly grown from its origins based on members who attended a seminar entitled 'From Free to Fee'. Its most successful members are Certified Speaking Professionals who travel the world, address hundreds of audiences, thousands of people, earn six-figure salaries and have passive incomes (sometimes far greater than the standard income) from the many forms of books, CDs, DVD's and online mentoring/coaching programs.
“NSAA really is the core industry representative for any person who is serious about being a professional speaker,” says Derrick McManus, who is Chapter President and also a member of the national Board of Directors for NSAA.
“NSAA South Australia offers many forms of professional development for its members. The backbone of the organisation is the regular Chapter (state) meetings and the annual National Speakers Convention and the Forum Groups.”
Members of NSAA come from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and outlooks and, because of this, have an equally wide range of needs for which the Association provides answers. The activities of NSAA can be broadly categorized as:
•Education: Enhancing the skills of members for the development of professionalism.
•Ethics: Establishing a framework for relationships both between speakers and the worlds they serve.
•Networking: Providing forums, formal and informal, to share information, ideas and enthusiasm. Aussie SpeakerNet is a valuable set of Internet resources exclusively for NSAA members.