NSA/GLAC Frequently Asked Questions

This information serves the understanding of the local NSA opportunity in southern California; joining the local chapter is the surest way to experience value from your NSA membership.

NSA GLAC serves NSA members throughout southern California, including those speakers who are seeking future qualification with NSA.

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Which NSA chapters serve California?

    NSA has three chapters in the state of California: Northern California, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Do all three chapters have programs for beginner and established speakers?

    No, professional speaking schools are offered by the Northern California and Los Angeles chapters only.

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I’m an NSA member, doesn’t that mean I already belong to the local chapter?

    NSA national members are NOT automatically placed into a chapter, rather the member needs to join the local chapter separately.

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What is the main benefit from joining the local chapter?

    As with your national membership, the group is charged with providing education and community to help speakers develop their craft and build a successful practice. High-value, content-rich meetings are designed to attract speakers of all experience levels in an environment of sharing, networking and support toward individual efforts. Developing local, special relationships with those who face similar business and professional challenges can make all the difference in your career.

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Can’t I just come to meetings?

    Yes, members and guests are welcome to register for meetings; although local members receive preferential pricing. Members also receive preference for special events.

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Do you serve a primary industry, such as entertainment?

    NSA GLAC is here to serve all NSA members. Despite being in the entertainment capitol of the world, presently only a few members represent that sector. Southern California is a large and diverse market serving peoples from all over the world. The speaking profession touches just about every industry and culture. NSA GLAC prides itself on the diversity of members and we gain greatly from our broad and diverse representation.

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Do I have to be a national NSA member to join the local chapter?

    No, GLAC will accept Apprentice members into our chapter, although we do encourage all of our members to become NSA National members.

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What is an Apprentice member?

    The apprentice membership is for aspiring speakers who have not yet qualified for full NSA national membership. Apprentice chapter members receive the same benefits as other chapter members, although apprentice members are NOT allowed to use the NSA logo. Apprentice members are not NSA national members.

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Can NSA GLAC help me qualify for national membership into NSA?

    Qualification for NSA membership at the national level requires professional speaking experience. Your NSA GLAC leadership team can assist you in understanding the process, which will provide you insight and direction toward preparing your qualifying materials. Many aspiring speakers see the NSA qualification process as a mountain they’re not able to climb. If you’re speaking publicly and are looking to transition toward becoming a successful professional speaker, we can help you navigate the course. It’s easier than you think, and besides, there are bigger (professional) mountains for you to climb once your reach the qualification milestone.

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Where can I learn more about qualifying for NSA as a full member?

    NSA membership information can be found in the membership section of the chapter website: www.nsa.la. Information can also be found on the NSA national web site: www.nsaspeaker.org.

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How do I make a recommendation for a future program or speaker?

    We welcome member suggestions for speakers and future programs. The Programs Committee is responsible for scheduling. Please contact acting Programs Committee Chair Gary Hankins with specific recommendations and input.

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When and where are meetings held?

    High-quality meetings that feature leading speakers with compelling content are scheduled monthly in southern California, typically the second Saturday of each month. Mastery events and other working programs are offered throughout the year. NSA GLAC covers a large geographical area; we attempt to rotate various locations, presently meeting in the Torrance area.

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Why did you move from the other location(s)?

    Location decisions are based on member feedback, logistical and cost requirements and other related parameters. We want to be responsive to your feedback and we’re happy to consider any professional venue in southern California, so give us your input.

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Who can I talk to about serving as a committee volunteer or board member?

    • You get out of life what you put into it and there is no better want to maximize your NSA experience than to contribute as a leader or other volunteer. The chapter leadership team offers several committees by which members may join:

      • Marketing
      • Technology
      • Membership
      • Programs
      • NSA/GLAC Speakers Academy

If you wish to be considered for the leadership team, please contact the our local chapter info@nsa.la who heads up the nominating committee, or any member of the leadership team.

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What is the speaking school?

    • NSA GLAC offers the NSA/GLAC Speakers Academy each year. This professional speaking school is designed to turbo-charge your career by helping you:

      • Chart your own course for speaking success based on your unique goals and aspirations as a part time or full time speaker
      • Develop the four core competencies of the professional speaker: expertise, eloquence, enterprise and ethics.
      • Gain powerful and practical insights, on a monthly basis, from professional speakers who are practicing what you are learning
      • Learn how to adapt your speaking skills to the strong currents of change dominating the speaking and training environment
      • Build lasting relationships with other Speaker School attendees, NSA GLAC, and Speaker School expert faculty
      • Qualify for professional membership in the National Speakers Association

Conquer your speaking challenges by immersing yourself in a no-nonsense program designed for speakers, by speakers. You will learn from a respected faculty of experts from NSA GLAC Board of Directors, Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) and former graduates. Click here to learn more about NSA GLAC’s ProSpeak Academy.

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How do I join NSA GLAC?

    • Membership in the Greater Los Angeles Chapter is open to anyone who is a member of the National Speakers Association. The GLAC membership year runs yearly from September 1 through August 31st. The annual membership fee is $150, along with a one-time initiation fee of $30. Members can join at any time of the year and the renewal fee is prorated based on when a member originally joined so that the future renewal is aligned to the chapter’s August 31st year-end.

Click here to download the Regular Membership Application.

For speakers who do not yet qualify for NSA national membership, NSA GLAC offers an Apprentice Membership. The apprentice membership is only able to be renewed once before the member either needs to qualify as a full NSA national member and join the chapter at that level, or forgo membership.

Apprentices are entitled to attend GLAC functions at member rates, and may participate in many of the other chapter activities. It is expected that Apprentices will convert to regular membership by the end of the 2nd year of Apprentice status. Apprentice status costs $195, which can be prorated upon conversion to the regular membership prior to a full year of Apprentice status. Click here to download the Apprentice Membership Application.

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What are the qualification requirements for NSA national membership?

    • NSA membership can be made based on any one of three qualifications, proof of which needs to be provided in the NSA application.

      1. You have received compensation for 20 or more presentations within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies, speaker agreements, tax returns or documents showing revenue has been generated as a result of your speaking engagements.
      2. You have given 20 or more presentations to audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation is a letter from your employer indicating the 20 professional speaking presentations that you have given in the 12 months prior to application.
      3. You have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations (number of speaking engagements does not matter) within the 12 months prior to application. Supporting documentation can be any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies or tax returns showing speaking income.

Meeting any ONE of these criteria will qualify you for NSA membership. NSA encourages interested parties to call 1-480-968-2552 where a professional staff member will listen to your individual situation and offer advice. Click here to view NSA membership qualification information.

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What is the cost to join NSA (national membership)?

    • The initial fee to join NSA is $540 Initial investment & $ 465 Annual Renewal.Your membership investment includes a one-year subscription to Speaker magazine. NSA memberships are tied to individuals, not companies or organizations. Membership categories include:

      • Professional: This is the category for professional speakers.
      • Service Supplier Partner: This is the category for people who supply products or services to professional speakers.
      • Bureau Partner: This is the category for people who own a bureau and currently possess a minimum of eight (8) speaker/bureau contracts.

NSA national offers an Academy for Professional Speaking which is distinct from NSA GLAC’s apprentice program.

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