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For Immediate Release
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Contact: Marsha Mardock or Kristina Van Doorn
(480) 968-2552
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2002 Edition of Who's Who in Professional Speaking Released

(TEMPE, Ariz) The National Speakers Association (NSA) has released the 2002 edition of Who's Who in Professional Speaking: The Meeting Planner's Guide. The 496-page directory is one of the meetings industry's most comprehensive reference books and features more than 4,000 professional speakers in 21 countries.

"The directory is a must-have, as it provides access to over 4,000 experts in an amazing range of fields. It makes it easy to find that perfect speaker," says 2001-2002 NSA President Jim Rhode, CSP. "Inside the pages of this valuable reference book, meeting professionals will find people committed to their own professional development as a speaker and individuals who make meetings more effective, productive and exciting."

The directory lists all of NSA's members alphabetically with photos, contact information and professional descriptions. Speakers are also searchable by topic or location and there are special listings of speakers who have earned NSA's Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation and those who are members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.

As a service to meeting planners and business professionals, the directory also provides tips for hiring and working with speakers, including NSA's "Ten Steps to Finding the Right Speaker" section.

Meeting professionals can request a complimentary copy of NSA's 2002 Who's Who in Professional Speaking: The Meeting Planner's Guide by contacting NSA at (480) 968-2552. Other interested individuals may order the directory for $25.

An online version of the directory is also available at Click on the "Find a Speaker" section of NSA's Web site to search this extensive listing of experts by keyword, name, location, or topic.

NSA also offers Professional Speaker Link, a new interactive CD-ROM directory and buyer's guide featuring a searchable speaker directory and a complete index with suppliers and vendors. Complimentary copies of the CD-ROM are available by calling (480) 968-2552.

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for experts who speak professionally. NSA's 4,000 members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and speaking profession. Visit NSA's Web site at NSA: The Voice of the Speaking Profession.®

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