Now accepting applications for our next Academy start date

The Academy Meets on the 3rd Saturday of Each Month

excluding December and July

Your Investment Includes:

Chapter dues, entry to Chapter meeting from 9:00 am to 12 noon, and Academy Only sessions from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a full day of the best, clear and concise tips and tools to start or enhance your speaking/training/coaching career!

* Speakers Academy Students shall not be entitled to any refund of dues or other fees once the course has begun.

Welcome ToThe Speakers Academy

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

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

Do you want to become a Professional Speaker?

The Speakers’ Academy

is a program designed to offer aspiring speakers a set of skills, strategies, and resources which are needed to become successful professional speakers. Potential participants are those who desire to earn all or a significant portion of their income through speaking, coaching, training, authoring and/or consulting.

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 by having a different, professional successful member deliver each module.

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

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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Your Investment in the Speakers Academy is twofold:

  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.

Application Enrollment

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.

Questions?

Please contact Academy Dean at (727) 692-4467 or email her at carolynquintin@gmail.com.

This amount covers all the benefits of the Speakers Academy plus attendance at the ten regular 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 from the Central Florida area.

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.

“The Academy has helped my business grow from just thoughts in my head to something I can now put on paper and build. I don’t know where I’d be without it.”

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Rachel Avery
Academy Member

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 of the iceberg. If you’re serious about growing your speaking business, I highly recommend you join the academy.

John Watkis
Graduate

The NSA Speakers Academy Of Central Florida was the first and second thing that elevated my career. New self-confidence and Business-building techniques were turning points for me. Loved our leader, Carolyn Quintin, and all the professional and diverse teachers and thought leaders provided for us.

Elin Mayer
CMP

The Central Florida Speaker’s Academy is THE PLACE for a speaker with a message. The academy will tell you what to say, how to say it, and how to get paid for it. Knowledgeable professionals will pour into your life and put you on course to be a paid professional speaker. Connect with Carolyn and be prepared to grow!

Dr. Adrian Manley

Chad Murray
NSA CF Speakers Academy Graduate

Betty Norlin
NSA CF Speakers Academy Graduate

“I’m learning to position myself as a professional speaker–quite a different mindset than how I approached my speaking previously. This includes my presentation style, setting fees, promoting my speaking, developing a signature speech, and so much more. Plus, I get to mix and mingle with some of the best speakers in the country! The mentors and guides along the way are fantastic. It’s a great opportunity to grow! I love the high energy of this group.”

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Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D., CFP®
Academy Graduate

“I now know how to create a profitable and successful speaking business because of what I learned from the Speakers’ Academy.”

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Jenny Olding Holla
Academy Graduate

“I realize that making better business decisions and how to best use my time have come from what I’ve learned in the Speakers’ Academy. I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn next!”

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Holly Thomas Donaldson
Academy Graduate

“I knew I could speak reasonably well, but I didn’t know much about the business side of professional speaking. Because of the Academy, I’ve learned more than I ever imagined.”

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Jordan Camenker
Academy Graduate

“The Academy has been an absolute wellspring for me. It has taught me a step-by-step method of how to get paid for professional speaking.”

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Carson Schaffer
Academy Graduate

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 that. Using my best friend Google I found NSA Central Florida and saw that there was an “Academy” for people like me. I immediately reached out to Carolyn Quintin, Dean of the Academy. One phone call with her and I was sold. I’m sure that is the story for many. The Academy was an amazing incubator for me. It provided an environment that energized me and pushed me to meet my goals. Prior to starting the Academy I had begun writing my book and set a goal to do a TEDx. Being in the Academy and being around all of the accomplished speakers and learning from them made me want to not just begin my book, but finish it and to not just dream of being on a TEDx stage, but actually doing so. But it’s not just about the tangible accomplishments. I have met some amazing people in the Academy and in our chapter. People who are generous with their time and knowledge; who sincerely want to see you succeed. Now that I have graduated, I will actually miss our afternoon sessions. Those sessions were a place to learn, grow, and develop not just skills but deep friendships. I would highly recommend the Academy to anyone who is embarking on a speaking, consulting, training, or coaching career. It’s a way to wade into the water without being crashed into by the waves. I truly enjoyed the experience.

Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq., MBA
CEO, HR Legally Speaking, LLC

Questions or comments?

Please address any questions about our Academy to Carolyn Quintin at carolynquintin@gmail.com.

Academy Location and Directions

The Speaker’s Academy will meet at:

Sheraton (Formerly Crowne Plaza Tampa East)
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610
813-623-6363

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.

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 that. Using my best friend Google I found NSA Central Florida and saw that there was an “Academy” for people like me. I immediately reached… Read more “Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq., MBA”

Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq., MBA
CEO, HR Legally Speaking, LLC

The Central Florida Speaker’s Academy is THE PLACE for a speaker with a message. The academy will tell you what to say, how to say it, and how to get paid for it. Knowledgeable professionals will pour into your life and put you on course to be a paid professional speaker. Connect with Carolyn and… Read more “Dr. Adrian Manley”

Dr. Adrian Manley

The NSA Speakers Academy Of Central Florida was the first and second thing that elevated my career. New self-confidence and Business-building techniques were turning points for me. Loved our leader, Carolyn Quintin, and all the professional and diverse teachers and thought leaders provided for us.

Elin Mayer
CMP

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 of the iceberg. If you’re serious about growing your speaking business, I highly recommend you join the academy.

John Watkis
Graduate

“The Academy has helped my business grow from just thoughts in my head to something I can now put on paper and build. I don’t know where I’d be without it.”

Rachel Avery
Academy Member

We’re seeking a new
Speakers Academy Dean!

Our chapter is seeking a new Dean to replace our current Dean Carolyn Quintin since she is retiring from the role after several years of service. It is an ex-officio Board Member position and will be appointed after interviews are complete and a qualified candidate is brought forward.

Learn more about the position

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