Message From The Speaker Academy Deans

Dear Applicant, 

Hi, we’re Darlene Carver and Myla DeLoatch, CSP, deans of the National Speakers Association-DC Speaker Academy. We help emerging and professional speakers, trainers, consultants and coaches build thriving speaking businesses. We are fortunate to have a recent Academy graduate serve as Accountability Manager, Lewis Flax. He understands first-hand what it takes to maximize your investment. 

The NSA-DC Speaker Academy is an intensive professional and personal development experience that provides relevant curriculum, an extensive workbook, hands-on activities, and lively interaction. It includes Saturday sessions with ten modules led by NSA-DC chapter leaders, Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP), and other successful professional speakers. The program is enhanced with a mentor/mentee program, an accountability manager, and personal coaching. 

Each session is designed to accelerate the participants' skills and confidence to ensure a smooth business launch and conversion to professional membership stance. 

There is so much more to being a professional speaker than just telling a great story on stage. Our presenters share their skills, passion and enthusiasm for speaking along with key tools, techniques and samples of items they use in their own presentations and workshops. 

We accept rolling applications, meaning that you can apply at any time for a position in our January or August cohorts; this allows you to reap the rewards of the complete learning experience, regardless of your entry point. 

Participants apply lessons learned right away to shape their message and build their business. And since every speaking business is different, we provide participants with a variety of business models to best meet their needs. 

The Speaker Academy Sessions begin at noon with a working lunch (at the participant’s expense) and last up to 3 ½ hours. These sessions are all highly interactive with the Deans, Accountability Manger, Guest Speaker and the participants. Chapter leadership and your mentors are invited to audit the sessions, along with potential enrollees. 

Enrollment is by application only. Interested applicants can apply online. 

Thank you for your interest in this game-changing experience for anyone who wants to build a successful speaking business. 

Darlene, Myla and Lewis

Darlene Carver 
(301) 831-9151  
Myla DeLoatch, CSP
(240) 460-1483
Lewis Flax