Enroll in the FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy

Jump Start Your Speaking Business

The FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy is a program designed for the speaker who aspires to build a speaking business or jumpstart their career. The program is facilitated by experienced   members of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the premiere professional association for those who earn a living by the spoken word.

Program runs November 2021 to May 2022. Member discounts and other benefits begin as soon as you join.

Ready to apply? Fill out the application below for review and approval.  On acceptance, you will have a choice of paying the full $798 tuition on approval or a $250 non-refundable deposit the remainder of the tuition will be due September 11.

​In this program, you will get help from experienced speakers to:

✔ Craft your message to be authentic and marketable

✔ Develop marketing materials you need to sell yourself as a speaker, including a high-quality video opportunity

✔ Understand the business side of speaking


Dave Bricker, Dean
FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy

To be paid to speak professionally, you must master these four core competencies:

1. Speak with Eloquence on the platform

2. Deliver high-quality content based on depth and breadth of Expertise

3. Run an effective speaking business–a speaking Enterprise

4. Behave ethically–know the Ethics

The FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy is a deep dive into all four.

Our Academy combines In-Person Events and Zoom Webinars. Attendance at all sessions is essential, as full participation ensures that you maximize the impact on your business. 

Benefits of Joining the FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy

  • Get  step-by-step materials to guide you through each aspect of starting your speaking business, featuring the NSA Speaker Guide
  • Get all benefits of FSA Aspiring Speaker Membership through June 30th, 2022, including member prices on all meetings, and ability to join the lunch with the speaker after chapter meetings.
  • PLUS you are eligible to continue Aspiring Speaker Membership for a second chapter year at the member rate for the second year.
  • Spend two days learning from and being inspired by some of the most successful speakers in the area at the Bootcamp, January 23-24 2021. This is an amazing,  not to be missed event!
  • Get individual help and share notes on four Zoom Webinars
  • Ask questions and get weekly inspiration on the Private Facebook Group for Speaker Academy Candidates
  • Get expert feedback on your showcase speech in the Speech Rehearsal Session (half-day live event—April 10, 2021)
  • Have monthly check-ins for accountability and inspiration with your Assigned buddy – a professional member of FSA.
  • Showcase your stuff on a professional stage at the 2021 FSA Showcase. Your spot is guaranteed. Take advantage of the event to get your first demo video recorded by a professional videographer. (Video package sold separately.)

You will improve your platform skills. You will learn how to craft your keynote. You will learn how to market and run your business. You will acquire tools and skills you need to become a professional speaker.

About the Bootcamp, 2021-2022 (Dates TBD)

The Bootcamp we put on as part of the FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy is one of the most exciting events of the program year. Over a day and a half, we bring in some of the most experienced and successful speakers from the chapter to share secrets of the speaking business. In fact, our professional members pay to audit this inspirational event. *** Full lineup coming soon.


Hampton Inn Cypress Creek
720 East Cypress Creek Road
Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Topics to be covered include:

  • Sales and marketing for speakers
  • Storytelling
  • Crafting a Keynote
  • Ethical Issues for Speakers
  • Social Media
  • Creating a Business
  • Continually Developing Your Expertise
  • Products and Back of Room Sales
  • Get Feedback On Your 5 Minute Speech
  • Work On Your Message & Strategy



The members of the FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy form a tight-knit group over the academy year. To ensure the quality of the program, we review applicants’ speaking skills, and commitment. Fill out the application below.. After your application has been reviewed and accepted, you will receive a link with payment options. If you require more financial flexibility, please ask to discuss options with James Henderson. 

About the Showcase & Graduation

Quality video is a necessity for every speaker.  We will provide each academy member with a professional stage setting, lighting, and state of the art videography provided by Velocity Video Productions. The showcase will feature every member of our academy who accepts their spot in the showcase. 

2021 Showcase

For more information, contact Dave Bricker, our 2021-2022 FSA Conni Gordon Speaker Academy Dean, by email at dave@davebricker.com