Now accepting applications for our next Academy start date

If you’d like to apply for the Sylvie di Giusto Speakers Academy Scholarship for NSA-Central Florida, please visit our Scholarship Page.

OUR Academy IS HYBRID THIS YEAR AND Meets on the 3rd Saturday of Each Month
excluding December and July

  • Your Investment of $1,495 Includes:
  • Morning Hybrid Chapter meetings from 9:00 am to 12 noon 
  • Virtual Academy Only sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Bi-weekly Implementation Labs
  • Mentor
  • Accountability Partner
  • Academy’s Got Talent  Virtual Showcase
  • Individual Feedback
  • Technology updates and guidance
  • Coaching on social media trends
  • Experienced Faculty and Guest Speakers 
  • Industry Updates on Trends and Challenges
  • NOTE: If Within 2 weeks after you attend the first Monthly Academy Session, if this is not a fit for you, discuss with Academy Dean.

Welcome ToThe Speakers Academy

Do you have the desire to
make a difference in someone’s life?

Do you have the desire to
a difference in YOUR life?

Do you want to become a 
successful business owner?

The Speakers Academy

is a program designed to offer Entrepreneurs a set of skills, strategies, and resources which are needed to become successful professional speakers, trainers, coaches, consultants and authors. Potential participants are those who desire to earn all or a significant portion of their income through their businesses.

The curriculum comprises ten modules developed by a blue ribbon panel of the most successful NSA members from across the country. We tap into the resources of our chapter and the national organization by having different professionals deliver each module. Implementation Labs bring in cutting edge content and speakers.

The 10 modules are:

  • Introductory Module
  • Professional Awareness
  • Topic Development
  • Platform Mechanics
  • Presenting and Performing
  • Authorship & Product Development
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing the Business
  • Professional Relationships
  • Speaking Skills, putting it all together

What's Involved

Workbook will be provided. The content of each session combines the respective NSA material with the particular skills and experiences of that month’s presenter(s) who has been chosen for his/her expertise. The presentation order of the modules may be changed to meet the needs of the participants. In order to graduate from Speakers Academy, participants must attend 8 of the 10 sessions. If you miss 3, then you’d make it up the following year to graduate later.

  1. Chart your own course for speaking success based on your unique goals and aspirations.
  2. Develop the four core competencies of the professional speaker.
  3. Gain powerful and practical insights from professional speakers who are practicing what you are learning.
  4. Learn how to adapt your speaking skills to the strong currents of change dominating the speaking and training environment.
  5. Build lasting relationships with other Academy attendees, NSA Chapter members, and guest speakers.
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What Others Are Saying

At the end of 2017, I decided I wanted to pursue my passion for training, consulting and speaking. I began looking for an organization that would help me do just… Read more “Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq., MBA”

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CEO, HR Legally Speaking, LLC

Joining the Academy has paid off in ways I never could have imagined. The return on my investment has been huge from a monetary perspective, but that’s only the tip… Read more “John Watkis”

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Have any questions?

If you have any other questions about the Speakers Academy, please take a look at the FAQ or submit the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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Your Investment of $1,495 in the Speakers Academy is two fold:

  1. A commitment of time to complete all the modules, attend the meetings and meet the goals of the program.
  2. Meet pre-requisites – deliver a minimum of 3 speeches or training programs (for Free or Fee) in the past 12 months. This excludes speaking groups (such as Toastmasters).

To get started, complete an online application and then make first payment in full or in 3 installments.

This amount covers all the benefits of the Speakers’ Academy plus attendance at the ten regular morning NSA-CF chapter meetings. Here you experience presentations by some of the best presenters the National Speaker Association has to offer and you get to interact with a wide range of accomplished professional speakers the Central Florida area.


How soon can I get started?

The Speakers Academy start dates are August or February on the 3rd Saturday of the Month.

What do I do next?

Complete a Speakers Academy Application online then call the Academy Dean to discuss your eligibility to join and learn more details about how the Academy works.


Please contact Academy Dean at (727) 692-4467 or email her at

What if you could be a part of an elite group that would be with you while your career blossomed? Would you be willing to put forth a little effort? Would you be willing to reap the benefits?

Whether you are a beginning speaker, a moderately busy speaker, or the speaker who travels the globe selectively choosing clients from the many requests, wouldn’t you like to take your career to that next level? Listed are a few of the many benefits of the Speakers Academy:

  • Learn how to get the clients that you want.
  • Learn how to keep the customers you have once you have them.
  • Learn how to negotiate a better fee and wiggle out of tight budget objections.
  • Learn how to market yourself including how to write a one-sheet, use social media and identify your target audience.
  • Build relationships with other business owners through both the morning chapter meetings and the Academy where you will have a mentor, an accountability partner and be encouraged to joining a Master Mind group of your peers.

The NSA-CF Speakers Academy isn’t just a foot in the door; it’s a hand up, a mentor, a mini-mastermind, your own private network, a training class, a practice session, and the key to building your speaking business to the level you desire.

Speakers Academy meets IN AFTERNOON Virtually via Zoom.


The MORNING Chapter Monthly Event meets at:

Location can vary, so check actual event listing for each month. Often we meet at Sheraton Tampa/Brandon
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610

Located off I-75 at MLK Blvd.

From I-75 N, exit 260b, over bridge, hotel on left inside business park.
From I-75 S, exit 260, bear right, immediate left into business park and hotel.

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