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What it is:

The Charbonneau Speakers Academy exists to support your success as an emerging speaker. The overarching goal is to shorten your learning curve by five years. The program 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 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

To get started and pay online, go here:  https://nsant.wildapricot.org/event-2270028

2016 – 2017 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 Canyon Creek Country Club, 625 West Lookout Drive, Richardson,  TX 75080.

The dates are as follows:

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 15
  • June 5


Download a flyer about the Academy

Academy Deans for 2016-2017

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.

Alex B. Ramsey

Executive, newspaper columnist, chef, entrepreneur, tap dancer, equestrian, philanthropist-what a mash-up! Alex has taught more than 10,000 to speak with authentic grace and compelling energy. Today, she is laser focused on Leadership skills. She juggles teaching Entrepreneurship at SMU, while presiding over LodeStar Universal, the Center Stage program, and her family’s award-winning travel company. An NSA NT past- president with an MBA from UT Austin, Alex is a Dallas native with two adored grands Preston (4) and Campbell (2).

Here’s your investment:

…as a Candidate


Academy Registration
Includes ten sessions and special activities
Candidate Dues (Includes 1-time $25 registration fee)  $305.00
All-Access Membership Pass
All Chapter meetings / Exclusive Web Content / Special Events

…as a Member


Academy Registration
Includes ten sessions and special activities
Member Dues (Includes 1-time $25 registration fee)  $205.00
All-Access Membership Pass
All Chapter meetings / Exclusive Web Content / Special Events

*The All-Access Pass fee will increase by $50 on August 13, 2016.

**You must be a Member Candidate or Professional Member to attend the Academy.

Sign up and pay now to secure your place in the 2016/2017 NSA-NT Academy. Academy membership is limited to 16 participants and registration will be closed once we reach this number.

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

To get started and pay online, go here:  https://nsant.wildapricot.org/event-2270028

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