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2017-2018 Registration is Now Closed

What it is:

The Charbonneau Speakers Academy focuses on the business of speaking which will include coaching on your content, structure, and delivery. Whether just starting out or more experienced, the Academy delivers a powerful learning experience to accelerate your career as a paid speaker. The 10-month program exposes you to experts, tools, knowledge , and skills to boost your career. The overarching goal is to shorten your learning curve by five years.

The Charbonneau Speakers Academy Value Proposition

The Academy objectives include:

  1. Exposure to the multiple business models available to professional speakers
  2. Improving your speech writing skills
  3. Improving your delivery/platform skills
  4. Marketing concepts for reaching prospects
  5. Expanding your awareness of the people who have succeeded and how they accomplished their success
  6. Providing you with your own demo video
  7. Providing you with a mentor
  8. The opportunity to make new friends and develop supportive business associates

The curriculum aligns with the National Speaker’s Association four “E” model of Expertise, Eloquence, Enterprise, Ethics. You can expect to explore the speaking business in a structured, fun, and safe learning environment.

You will be assigned a successful, volunteer mentor from our chapter to benefit from his/her wisdom and avoid costly mistakes. You will receive the sharing knowledge and experience to help you hone your skill in topic development, storytelling, showcasing, stage presence and business knowledge. Each member will have a showcase video you can use on your website. Most important, you have the opportunity to build important and supportive relationships for the present and the future.

What participants say about the Academy…

“I consider it a MUST for growth” -Debbie Ozmont, D.D.S.

“Just Take It!” -Tim Lansford

‘My mentor = Priceless” -Jessica Rector

“Takes away the fear of pursuing the speaking business. Jumpstart yourself. “ -Sandra Lewis

2017 – 2018 Schedule

The Academy will meet from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM on the Monday following  the NSA-NT monthly meeting. Meetings will be held at Hampton Inn & Suites, Meeting Room, 2250 N. Glenville Dr., Richardson, TX 75082.

The dates are as follows:

  • September 11
  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 11
  • January 15
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 16
  • May 14
  • June 4


Academy Dean for 2017-2018

Nikki Nanos

Nikki holds a M.F.A. in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. Her eclectic career in theatre, film and television have taken her down a path filled with fascinating people and experiences. From working in locations on the CBS television series Walker, Texas Ranger to holding the hand of the great Ella Fitzgerald. Nikki brings her theatre and film expertise to the speaking arena with her.  At the heart of her messages … she is convinced we can create a culture of kindness in all we do.

Fee Schedule:
…as a Candidate Includes:
Academy Registration  Includes ten sessions and special activities $797.00
Candidate Dues  $280.00
All-Access Membership Pass  All Chapter meetings / Exclusive Web Content / Special Events $397.00
One time registration fee



…as a New Professional Member Includes:
Academy Registration  Includes ten sessions and special activities $797.00
Member Dues  $180.00
All-Access Membership Pass  All Chapter meetings / Exclusive Web Content / Special Events $397.00
One time registration fee



*The All-Access Pass fee will increase by $50 on August 13, 2017.

**You must be a Member Candidate or Professional Member to attend the Academy. Sign up and pay now to take advantage of the $50 savings and to secure your place in the 2017/2018 NSA-NT Academy. 

Academy membership is limited to 15 participants and registration will be closed once we reach this number.

To Apply/Register:

Complete these two steps to join the Academy:
  1. Complete the following application: https://goo.gl/forms/F7vAESewBv2MMvDr2
  1. Make your payment:

Note: A three month payment plan is available, contact Paul Shimp for details: paul@madcrouch.com or 972-233-9107 ext. 223.

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