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Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

Welcome to the FAQ page for NSA Carolinas! Whether you're a seasoned professional in the speaking industry, an aspiring speaker, or simply curious about what we do, we're here to provide you with answers. Below, we've addressed some common questions that might come to mind. Let's dive in:

What is NSA Carolinas?
NSA Carolinas is a vibrant, award-winning chapter within the National Speakers Association (NSA). Since 1985, our chapter has served speakers in both North Carolina and South Carolina, supporting a dynamic community for speakers at all stages of their careers, from newcomers to established professionals.

Who should consider joining NSA Carolinas?
Anyone with an interest in the world of professional speaking, including those seeking to become successful speakers, those looking to grow their speaking business, or organizations in need of dynamic speakers for events. We cater to aspiring speakers, emerging talents, and experienced professionals.

Why should I join NSA Carolinas?
Joining NSA Carolinas provides you with a supportive community, advanced training through workshops, connection opportunities with fellow speakers for referrals and camaraderie, and access to special programs such as our Speaker Academy and Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs).

Do I need to be a member of the National Speakers Association to join NSA Carolinas?
No, membership in the National Speakers Association is not a requirement to join our chapter. While we're affiliated with NSA, you can be a member of NSA Carolinas without being a member of the national organization.

What benefits do I get from joining NSA Carolinas?
As a member, you'll enjoy reduced rates at chapter events, access to exclusive member-only opportunities, inclusion in our online membership directory, networking with leaders and professionals, opportunities for leadership roles, involvement in chapter committees, and the ability to participate in chapter elections.

What if I'm just starting out as a speaker?
Our chapter is perfect for newcomers! Approximately half of our members are aspiring or emerging speakers. We welcome you to attend our meetings and get involved. Explore our Membership tab and the offerings of our Speaker Academy to kickstart your journey.

What if I'm an experienced speaker?
NSA Carolinas is a fantastic community for experienced speakers. Our chapter offers valuable support, networking, and advanced training opportunities that can further enhance your speaking career. Connect with a vibrant network of fellow professionals, leverage our exclusive member-only events, and continue to grow in your speaking endeavors. 

What is a Certified Speaking Professional™ or CSP®?
The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation is an internationally recognized mark of excellence for professional speakers. It is earned by meeting rigorous standards for experience, earnings, and client recommendations. Only about 17 percent of NSA members worldwide hold this prestigious designation. Earning a CSP demonstrates your commitment to the profession and showcases your top-notch speaking ability.

Do I have to be certified to be a speaker?
No, certification is not a requirement to be a professional speaker. While the CSP designation is a valuable distinction, there are no state licensure requirements for motivational speakers. It's a voluntary certification offered by the National Speakers Association for speakers who meet rigorous standards.

Is there a cost to join NSA Carolinas?
Yes. Membership in our chapter is affordable, and it comes with a range of benefits. We encourage you to consider the value of the connections, training, and opportunities you'll gain through membership.

Is there an application process for membership?
No. We welcome members at all stages of their careers, from aspiring speakers to experienced professionals. Our chapter provides a supportive and inclusive environment where you can connect, learn, and thrive. The Become a Member page on our website has all the details you need to get started.

How can I connect with NSA Carolinas?
We're thrilled to connect with you! Feel free to explore our website, learn more about our chapter, and check out our Membership tab for details on joining. Attend one of our future meetings, engage with our community, join our newsletter, and take that important next step in your speaking journey. 

On behalf of NSA Carolinas and our dedicated board of volunteers, we look forward to welcoming you into our vibrant community. 

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