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Mission Statement

To provide professional speakers, trainers and consultants
with forums, methods and resources to improve the overall
quality, continuity and success of their business.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Ohio Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA Ohio), founded in 1980 is an award-winning chapter of the National Speakers Association. NSA Ohio Chapter is comprised of professional and emerging speakers. We meet regularly for professional development meetings, networking and sharing best practices on issues vital to professional speakers.

Our membership consists of full-time and part-time speakers, keynote speakers, seminar leaders, corporate trainers, independent trainers, workshop leaders, consultants, authors, and speaker bureaus.


How Can NSA Ohio Help You?

Would you like to hone your presentation skills, build a strong speaking business, and reach a wider audience? Would you like a community that understands what you do, offers you plenty of networking opportunities and strong peer support? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then NSA Ohio can help you.

The value of membership includes meetings, trainings, speaking opportunities, brand marketing, business development, networking, leadership opportunities, and camaraderie. Whether you are new, or an established professional speaker, NSA Ohio is your best resource for developing yourself as a speaker.

Professional Membership:

To be a Professional member of NSA Ohio, you must first apply for and be approved as a Professional member of the NSA National organization.

You qualify for Professional Membership with NSA National, if you meet any ONE of the 3 following criteria (within 12 months prior to application):

  1. You received compensation for 20 or more presentations
  2. You gave 20 or more presentations to audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position
  3. You have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations

If you do not yet qualify for Professional Membership with the NSA National organization, you are invited to consider enrolling in the ProTrack program, our training course for emerging speakers or speakers who want to accelerate their business. You can also attend our monthly  meetings as a guest, as often as you would like. If you have questions about reaching Professional Membership status quickly, contact NSA Ohio at chapteradmin@nsaohio.com for more information.

Professional Members are entitled to a broad range of benefits:

NSA OHIO – Professional Membership Benefits
  • Increase your professional credibility
Speaking Opportunities
  • Eligible to speak at NSA’s national convention
  • Opportunity to present your content at chapter meetings
  • Speaker Showcase Opportunities
  • Speaking opportunities emailed from NSA Ohio office to you
  • Your speaker profile listing in NSA Ohio’s public website
  • A link directly to your website from the NSA Ohio website
  • Use of NSA & NSA Ohio logos in your marketing materials
  • Participation in Your Speaker Source, NSA Ohio’s speaker resource for meeting planners.
  • Opportunity to serve in chapter leadership
  • Right to vote in chapter elections and nominate chapter officers
  • Eligible for chapter awards
  • 8 meetings for business-building and performance refinement
  • Bonus “Professional Member Only” session with the guest speaker from 1-2pm after each chapter meeting.
  • ‘Member-rate’ for meeting registrations with NSA Ohio
  • ‘Member-rate’ for meeting registrations with NSA Pittsburgh
  • Opportunities to learn the secrets of success from nationally/internationally recognized speakers
  • Access to national presenters featuring one-hour of targeted advice in a Dining and Dialogue lunch group
  • Information on the latest trends in professional speaking
Training & Development
  • Opportunity to accelerate your advancement through ProTrack, NSA Ohio’s Premier Program for Professional Speaker Development — a highly-esteemed and expedited professional speaker development program
  • Discounts for NSA national events such as annual convention and periodic learning labs.
  • Dining & Dialogue Opportunities with nationally recognized speakers
  • Opportunity to join speaker and NSA Ohio Board of Directos for dinner the evening prior to meeting
  • Regular opportunities to network with experienced professionals generous with pertinent information for emerging as well as experienced speakers
  • Mastermind opportunities
  • Camaraderie – people who aren’t in the business don’t understand what a professional speaker does for a living. You’ll find folks just like you here
  • Potential referrals from your peers for speaking engagements
  • Receive NSA Ohio’s regular electronic communications
  • Subscription to Speaker Magazine and access to the “Voices of Experience” monthly audio recording.


“When I read praising evaluations after a presentation I know they have a lot to do with NSA Ohio. It’s changed how I approach my speaking engagements.”

Lori Firsdon, Professional Member since 2011

“I love NSA Ohio. It’s my most important opportunity to connect with other speakers, to get valuable ideas and strategies for my speaking business, and to focus solely on speaking. I get some of my best ideas simply by being in the room surrounded by the speaking business energy.”

Jeff Nischwitz, Professional Member since 2012

“I’ve learned so much about the speaking business from NSA Ohio. The caliber of speakers who come to our chapter is exceptional. These professionals – many with decades of experience – deliver tremendous value in an intimate, supportive setting.”

Christine Zust, Professional Member since 1997

*Contact chapteradmin@nsaohio.com or 866-900-6446 to request an application for NSA Ohio Professional Membership.

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