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Membership Application Information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How much is the initial Membership Investment?
A: The New Member investment is $500 ($175 initiation fee + $325 annual membership dues). You will receive a $100 non-transferable certificate good toward a future NSA meeting registration fee, redeemable within two years of your membership month. Your membership investment includes a one-year subscription to Professional Speaker magazine.

Q: What are the current Membership Categories?
A: Currently there are three membership categories in which you can qualify for membership to NSA.
  • Professional: There are three (3) options in which you can qualify. Please see complete Membership Application for more details.
  • Service/Supplier Partner: Must supply materials, promotional pieces or services to professional speakers. Please view the Affiliate Membership Application for complete details.
  • Bureau Partner: Must own a bureau and currently possess a minimum of eight (8) speaker/bureau contracts. Please view the Affiliate Membership Application for complete details.

Q: How long does it take to approve and process my application for NSA membership?
A: Once your application is received at NSA headquarters, please allow 5-10 business days for your membership application to be approved and processed. Notification of approval will be sent via email. New Member materials will follow via a DHL ground shipment.

Q: I am a Professor at a University/College, how do I qualify for membership?
A: If you are teaching at a University/College to the same students each day, you do not meet the qualifications for membership. If you are presenting at different locations to different audiences, you do meet the qualifications for membership.

Q: What if I don't qualify for membership, how do I start?
A: If you do not yet qualify for membership, this gives you the great opportunity to participate in NSA's Academy for Professional Speaking. This program gives you the chance to really learn the nuts and bolts of the speaking profession from those who are already successful.

Another great resource for making the jump into professional speaking is to get in contact with your local chapter. Most chapters have an apprentice program that will help you get started to reaching the requirements for both the chapter and national organizations. The following link is the key to finding your local chapter's contact information.
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Q: How can I receive an NSA Membership Application?
A: To receive an NSA Membership Application, choose from the following three options:

  • Complete the on-line NSA Membership Application Request Form shown below. We will send you an application by mail. You can then complete the application and submit it by mail to NSA Headquarters at the address listed below.

  • View the NSA Membership Application in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format. You can then print the application, complete it and submit it by mail to NSA Headquarters at the address listed below.
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  • Call NSA Headquarters at (480) 968-2552, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, Mountain Standard Time, to request an application. We will send the application to you by mail. You can then complete the application and submit it by mail to NSA Headquarters at the address listed below.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

To become a Professional Member of NSA, you must document that you meet any one of these three options:

Option One:

Have you received monetary payment for at least 20 presentations within the last 12 months?

If so, you are qualified! Send in supporting documentation now!

Supporting documentation for Option One can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies and tax returns showing speaking income. Written testimonials are not an acceptable form of supporting documention.

Option One Instructions:

  • Fill out page 2 of the NSA Membership Application
  • Attach copies of any contracts, paid invoices, check copies and tax returns showing speaking income.
  • Number your copies to match the line number used on the chart.

Option Two:

Have you given at least 20 presentations to audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the last 12 months? If so, you are qualified! Send in supporting documentation now!

Supporting documentation for Option Two is a letter from your employer indicating professional speaking presentations that you have given in the last 12 months.


Option Two Instructions:

    Please use the following Word Document template as a guide when submitting documentation. Using this template will help you and your supervisor to provide key information when submitting a letter.
    "Submitting a Letter" Template

    Send in your letter written by your employer. Send with your NSA Member Application to NSA/Membership/1500 S Priest Dr/Tempe/AZ 85281.

Option Three:

Have you made at least $25,000 giving presentations during the last 12 months? If so, you are qualified! Send in supporting documentation now!

Supporting documentation for Option Three can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies and tax returns showing speaking income. Written testimonials are not an acceptable form of supporting documention.

Option Three Instructions:

  • Fill out the chart on page 2 of the NSA Membership Application.
  • Attach copies of any contracts, paid invoices, check copies and tax returns showing speaking income. Written testimonials are not an acceptable form of supporting documention.

  • Number your copies to match the line number used on the chart.

Remember: You only have to meet ONE of these options to qualify.

Important points to remember:

  • Chapter participation does not make you a member of the National Speakers Association--you must apply and join NSA separately.
  • You only have to submit qualification documents and forms once. Once you have been accepted as a professional member, you only need to meet the qualifications and renew your dues each year.
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SUBMITTING YOUR COMPLETED NSA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

MAIL TO:
National Speakers Association
Membership Application
1500 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281


FAX TO: You can also fax the completed application to (480) 968-0911. When faxing in your membership application please be sure to include your supporting documentation.
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