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For emerging, aspiring & current professional speakers and business owners ready to turbocharge their careers

Are you a current professional member interested in joining the  Academy?  Email and we'll get you registered!

Our next cohort runs Jan - Sept 2020!

Apply as a Speakers Academy  Participant Today!

After you apply, please come back to this page and complete this profile and email it to

Just announced!
All 2020 Academy Participants will be enrolled in Patricia Fripp's FrippVT virtual training program at no extra cost. That's a $616 value!

Click here to view a flyer about the 2020 Academy



Click here to view a flyer about the 2020 Academy

Whether you’re an experienced speaker who wants to take your career to a higher level or are considering a career in the exciting and lucrative world of professional speaking, you can learn specific strategies and gain tools to be successful through NSA Northern California chapter’s Speakers Academy program.


Experienced session leaders and speakers share proven techniques and insider knowledge to show you how to turn your expertise into topics that get bookings. Learn the business and art of speaking during this step-by-step, nine-month live program held on Saturdays, 9AM to 4:30PM at the Lafayette Public Library’s Community Room, Lafayette, CA.

Selection Process: The Academy selection panel will review applications and choose only enough candidates to fill the available program openings, plus alternates.


Only 20 applicants will be accepted.
Applications will be processed only until the session is full – so don’t delay!

Apply early and save! 
By September 30 - $1795 (Use Coupon Code 2020SA200)
By October 31 - $1895 (Use Coupon Code 2020SA100)
After October 31 - $1995

Apply as a SA Participant Today!

After you apply, please come back to this page and complete this profile and email it to

Upcoming Events
Live Meeting Dates


Some of the benefits of our program include:

  • Stage Time
    Participants receive presentation skills coaching from several speech experts.

  • Exposure to a Wide Variety of Ideas
    We know that every speaking business is different and aim to provide students with a variety of business models to best meet their needs.

  • Handouts and Worksheets
    Students receive materials at every session that can be referenced again and again.

  • Group Masterminds
    In between class sessions, participants are encouraged to form mastermind groups and develop their topics, marketing pieces, and build their networks.

  • Work towards Membership
    We help students design their path to achieving professional membership in the National Speakers Association.<

A Unique Opportunity: The NSANC Speakers Academy has been created by speakers for speakers. Every element is customized for professional speaking and provides relevant information that can be used immediately. Presenters are successful speakers who share their craft, passion and enthusiasm for speaking along with key tools, techniques and samples of items they use in their own businesses. Hands-on workshops, participant presentation “showcases” and detailed workbooks create an experience-rich learning environment. This is the thirteenth year of this unique program!


Each session is jammed full of information. Years later I still discover gems in my Academy notebook that help me as my business grows.

Paul Kingsman
Speaker, Executive Coach and Olympic Medalist
A year of the Academy is like getting an MBA in the business aspects of professional speaking!

Ian Griffin
NSANC President, 2006
Your team has been absolutely phenomenal! I’m so glad I was able to achieve my NSA professional membership through the Academy.

Emiko Hori
Author, and Speaker

Online Application Form
: Please click here to apply.

For More Information Contact:
Chuck Hooper, 2020 Academy Dean,  (209) 988-5070 or email: 

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE coaches Academy participants, who worked in small teams between meetings


Powerful panels, guest experts and emcee training too!


Students speak, as do alumni who are experts in social media, business and professional speaking!


Board support is invaluable to Academy participants!


Faculty included Certified Speaking Professionals, an Improv Expert and Performance Coaches.



Past Speakers Academy Deans Michael Soon Lee, CSP and Craig Harrison


National Speakers Association — Northern California chapter (NSANC) has sponsored the Speakers Academy for the past twelve years. NSA is the leading professional association for speakers, providing resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.