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For Immediate Release January 7, 2002
(CD-ROM Available Upon Request)

Contact: Marsha Mardock or Kristina Van Doorn
(480) 968-2552
Mobile: (480) 221-2240

New Tool for Planning Great Meetings: National Speakers Association's New Interactive CD-ROM

"Professional Speaker Link™...Where Speakers & Meeting Planners Click!"

(TEMPE, Ariz. -- January 7, 2002) Professional Speaker Link™, a new interactive CD-ROM directory and buyer’s guide, will allow meeting planners to quickly and easily locate speakers by name, topic, keyword, geographical region, or a combination of all those factors. A complimentary copy of this handy resource is slated to mail in January 2002 to 50,000 corporate and association meeting planners and association executives. It features more than 4,000 professional speakers of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for experts who speak professionally.

"Professional Speaker Link™ is a valuable tool for meeting professionals and an added member benefit for our speakers," says NSA Executive Vice President Stacy Tetschner, CAE. "The CD-ROM will raise awareness of our association and the other resources we offer meeting professionals."

Besides the searchable speaker directory, the product also includes other features that are valuable to meeting planners. Upon inserting the CD-ROM, users are able to access a complete index with a full-range of suppliers and vendors from A/V services to exhibit contractors, hotel and resorts to video production. A vast number of suppliers are also searchable by geographical area, category or keyword.

"NSA is an association committed to the enhancement of professional speakers, but we also strive to assist meeting planners in the critical task of finding the perfect speaker," says Tetschner. "We teamed up with Directory Technologies for the Professional Speaker Link™ CD-ROM to provide a comprehensive tool for meeting planners that would simplify their job."

NSA and Directory Technologies plan to update the information and issue a new CD-ROM each year. Meeting planners and association executives who were not among the initial distribution group and are interested in obtaining the Professional Speaker Link™ CD-ROM can contact NSA at 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.®

Directory Technologies is an electronic publisher headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company provides easy to use, commerce-facilitating technology to communities of users by providing such programs exclusively through trade and professional associations. Directory Technologies is the exclusive electronic directory publisher to be named as a sponsored program of ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). More information can be found at:

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