What’s a Candidate Partner?
A Candidate Partner is a very special person like YOU to NSA Virginia! Because it’s someone who wants or has a speaking-driven business and has decided to partner with NSA Virginia as they move towards becoming a qualifying candidate for Professional Member in the National Speakers Association.
Being a Professional Member of NSA indicates to meeting planners, event planners and decision-makers that you are truly a professional in the world of “speaking” – be it keynotes, break out sessions, training, workshops, webinars, or presentations on or offline.
Why the Candidate Partner Club?
At NSA VA our Professional Members remember what it was like to qualify for national NSA membership. It’s definitely achievable, but just like anything you want to make happen, you need to know what’s expected and have a plan.
That’s why we created the Candidate Partner Club. We want to pass on our lessons learned and personal experience to all Candidate Partners so you can qualify for NSA Professional Membership as easily and as soon as possible!
How can I Quality to be a Professional Member of NSA?
You can qualify one of three ways:
Option 1: Paid Presentations – You have received compensation for 20 or more presentations to live audiences of 15 or more within the 12 months prior to application. *
Option 2: Annual Income – You have earned $25,000 or more giving presentations to live audiences of 15 or more within the 12 months prior to application (regardless of the number of engagements). *
Option 3: Salaried Position – You have given 20 or more presentations to live audiences of 15 or more as part of a salaried position within the 12 months prior to application. *
*Supporting documentation can include any of the following: contracts, paid invoices, check copies, speaker agreements, tax returns, a letter or documents showing revenue has been generated as a result of your speaking engagements
What do I get by being in the Candidate Partner Club?
The Candidate Partner Club consists of 5 monthly online sessions via Zoom with NSA VA Professional Members. In the spirit of a fireside chat, these “Zoomside Chat” sessions will have 3 parts: A brief overview of how their speaking-driven business model, their top 3 lessons learned on that month’s topic, and an open Q & A for you to ask YOUR questions!
Here’s the schedule for the 2019 Zoomside Chats. Each will be recorded and made available to all NSA VA members:
Tues, Jan 15, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Tues, Feb 12, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Tues, Mar 12, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Tues, Apr 16, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
Tues, May 14, 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET
We are currently confirming Professional Members for the following topics, but here’s what we have planned:
- Qualifying for NSA Professional Membership: What counts, how to track and more
- Picking your speaking topic(s)
- Bullseye Marketing
- Best practices for one-sheets, business cards and marketing materials
- Creating your own information products
How much does the Candidate Partner Club cost?
Get this: The Candidate Partner Club is completely FREE for all current and new NSA VA Candidate Partners (as well as Professional Members)! If it’s a big hit, we might do this again for our 2019-2020 program year. Who knows. But, for now, it doesn’t cost a dime.
How can I be in the Candidate Partner Club?
You simply need to join NSA VA as a Candidate Partner! Like now! Sign up is easy and super affordable. Click here for all the details and to sign up.
Our first Zoomside Chat is Tues, Jan 15, 2019 @ 7:30 – 8:30 pm ET. If you miss it, you can still watch, listen and learn to the recording. However, the biggest benefit is being part of the live session so you can ask YOUR questions and get to know other Candidate Partners and Professional Members first hand!