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DC Speaker Academy™

What is it?

The life-changing DC Speaker Academy™ is an exciting collaboration between the National Speakers Association’s DC Metro Area Chapter and the National Speakers Association Central Florida Chapter.  The DC Speaker Academy™ is an intensive 10-month program 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 two NSA chapters and the NSA national organization by having different professionals deliver each module. Implementation Labs bring in cutting-edge content and speakers.

What are the key topics?

DC Speaker Academy™ covers a different topic each month. 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 is the value?

  • You benefit from an intensive professional and personal development experience that provides relevant speaking industry guidance, resources and robust handouts, hands-on activities, and lively interaction. Your DC Speaker Academy™ experience will be supported by:

    • A Mentor who is a member National Speakers Association and runs a successful speaking business.  
    • Personal coaching from your Academy deans, guest experts, and your colleagues.
    • An accountability partner with a mutual goal to help each other keep on track during the program and overcome any barriers.
    • A professional video recording in 4K of your Spotlight Speech for use to promote your speaking business.
    • Monthly virtual academy training sessions 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST (3rd Saturday except for July and December).
    • Monthly NSA DC Chapter meetings 9.00 am to 12 noon (2nd Saturday Monthly).
    • Monthly NSA Central Florida Chapter meetings 9.00 am to 12 noon (3rd Saturday Monthly).
    • Weekly Implementation Labs (Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm).
    • NSA-DC virtual networking events to connect with local speakers in the program.
    • Academy’s Got Talent Virtual Showcase composed of edited intro video, your 7-minute speech, and balanced feedback from 3 experienced speakers
    • Individual Feedback
    • Technology updates and guidance
    • Coaching on social media trends focusing on professional connections via LinkedIn profile and strategy
    • Industry Updates on Trends and Challenges
    • Access to NSA-DC Speaker Academy Alumni events.
    • Private Facebook group with a vault of educational recordings
    • Alumni Facebook group within NSA Central Florida chapter of Academy graduates

    What is the schedule?

    The DC Speaker Academy™ offers two enrollment periods for the program. New candidates are accepted for either August or February start dates.

    The virtual academy training sessions are held on the 3rd Saturday each month from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.

    Academy members are encouraged to participate in the weekly implementation labs which focus on a relevant topic. These labs are held every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm.

    Academy members also have access to the regular chapter monthly events at NSA-DC from 9.00 am to 12 noon (2nd Saturday Monthly) and NSA Central Florida from 9.00 am to 12 noon (3rd Saturday Monthly).

    What is my investment?

    Your investment for the entire program is only $1,800. The value of your tuition includes:

    • Access to the monthly live training programs featuring award-winning speaking professionals ($2,000 value),
    • Admission to all regularly scheduled NSA-DC professional development events, live and virtual ($760 value),
    • Admission to all regularly scheduled NSA-Central Florida professional development events, live and virtual ($760 value),
    • Individual mentorship with a professional member ($1,000 value),
    • An assigned accountability partner with whom to brainstorm and problem-solve throughout the DC Speaker Academy™,
    • A professional video recording in 4K of your Spotlight Speech for use to promote your speaking business. ($750)
    • Networking opportunities (priceless).

    You pay only $1,800 and get over $5,270 in value.

    How do I apply?

    To apply for the DC Speaker Academy™, complete the application below, and email your completed application to

    If you have questions about the program, please contact the Dean of the Academy, Carolyn Quintin at

    Your application and goals will be discussed


    7 Reasons to Enroll

    1. You will learn from successful Speaking Professionals

    2. You work with a mentor chosen specifically for you

    3. You learn the fine art of speaking including storytelling, topic selection, platform skills and more

    4. You will learn how to Integrate humor and engagement within your program

    5. You work with an accountability partner to problem-solve, brainstorm, and support each other to glean the ultimate learning experience

    6. You will cultivate a network of colleagues who will be lifelong resources

    7. You will put your skills to work by participating in a videotaped Spotlight Speech/Graduation program before a team of select judges and your peers/guests

    What Graduates Say 

    "For me, one year of the Speakers' Academy is worth 15 years of trying to find out this information on my own. You’ll find that the benefits include finding your niche as a speaker, and learning the mechanics of running your speaking business. You’ll have access to some of the best minds in the industry. Possibly the best part is being exposed to lecturers who really care about your progress. Oh wait, there’s more…. maybe the best part is the fabulous classmates you’ll have. 
    An observation about NSA: it’s a generous organization."

    Mitzi Perdue (Mrs. Frank Perdue)
    Author, Speaker, Businesswoman

    "I just want to express my personal thanks and gratitude for the fantastic experience in the Speakers’ Academy. The things I learned will hold me in good stead for a lifetime, but what I will really treasure is the relationships I have formed with you and my fellow participants. Thank you for helping me establish a great foundation for my speaking business."

    Ann Murdoch
    Speaker, Businesswoman

    DC Speaker Academy™ Leadership

    Dean - Carolyn Quintin

    NSA-DC Director - Dr. Irvine Nugent, CSP

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