National Speakers has three key annual awards, presented each year at the National Convention.


2013 Applications' for Nominations closed. 


            Keynote Presenter Award Nomination Form

            Educator Award for Excellence Nomination Form

            The Nevin Award Nomination Form

            Nairn Application Form - Scholarship


The Speaker Hall of Fame

The Speakers Hall of Fame is designed to find and put the spotlight on people who demonstrate the exemplary. These people have committed within themselves to the everyday disciplines that lead to mastery. They constantly refine and develop their ways to communicate so others may be enriched. They are raised up so that others might see what excellence looks like in action. And they themselves are encouraged to continue to be great role models sources of inspiration, points of reference and diverse images of excellence for us all. They are leading lights in our profession.

All winners are determined by a selection panel of highly regarded peers against a range of criteria, which they are required to rate highly on every criterion.

The Speakers Hall of Fame includes recipients of:

Keynote Presenter Award for Excellence (KPAE)

This award acknowledges speakers who have the capacity to engage a diverse variety of audiences, captivate them with their style, delivery and humour and deliver a message that conveys their expertise. Being a keynote speaker means you need to be able to sound the ‘key note’. This means to deliver a message that engages an audience at an emotional level, but which is built around the broader theme of the event and the client’s objectives of content and engagement.

Nominees and awardees are people who have been speaking for a sufficient amount of time to have reached a significant number of audiences. Often there is a breadth of experience demonstrated as they present to varied cultures and demographics. 

Nominees have a broad experience and can work well regardless of the nature of the audience. They can often accommodate a varied audience including those who are highly educated and are high achievers as well as those who are found on the frontline of business and service industries. However they may have a niche specialty and deliver their message in such a way as to make it very memorable. The Keynote Presenter of the Year is most likely to be able to teach, entertain and create a unique message, which is delivered in a unique way. However this award also encompasses those who also educate, challenge people’s thinking or inspire predominantly through humour or music but are booked in the Keynote Speaker position.

Keynote Presenter Award for Excellence Winners

Educator Award for Excellence (EAE)

This award acknowledges presenters who have continued to reach diverse groups with deep content through diverse methodology over many years in Keynote Presentations, large & small group Training and one to one work.

Nominees and Awardees are the ‘Ruck Rovers’ of the speaking industry – folk who play a variety of roles with diverse clients. Often there is a breadth of experience of presenting to different cultures and demographics. Nominees have a broad experience and can work equally as well with top-level corporate groups, education groups and community groups.

The Educator of the Year is a learner, teacher, designer and deliverer of educational experiences of consistently high quality and originality.

Educator Award for Excellence Winners

The Nevin Award

The Nevin Award is our most cherished honour. It is awarded annually to a member whose outstanding contribution to National Speakers and to the speaking industry over the years have earned the utmost respect, honour and admiration in the Association and the profession. They are an National Speakers hero.

Their selfless acts of sharing, guiding, supporting and inspiring other members and growing the industry embody the spirit of John Nevin, the founder of National Speakers. Their commitment to excellence as a professional speaker provides a role model for us all.

A few words from David Penglase, CSP on receiving the Nevin Award in 2008.

Nevin Award Recipients

Presenters Award for Excellence Winners

Key role models and pioneers of the the industry who were recognised at National Speakers’s 20th Birthday celebrations in 2007.

Upcoming Events

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VIC/TAS Chapter Event - April 28
VIC/TAS Chapter Event - April 28


VIC/TAS Chapter Event

VIC/TAS Chapter Event - April 28

  • Theme: VIC/TAS Chapter Event
  • Date: 28-Apr-2014
  • Time: 5.30pm
    Bonus Pre-session: 5.30 pm
    Dinner: 6.30pm buffet dinner
    Event Start: 7.00 pm
    Finish: 9.00 pm
  • Venue: Airlie House, Airlie House, cnr. Punt & Domain Rds, South Yarra
    Parking: Airlie has free parking on site and other parking in the surrounding streets. Quick note: You can park behind other cars onsite. Dietary Requirements: If you have any dietary requirements please ensure that you let us know as soon as possible for catering purposed. Thank you.

Due to Easter Monday public holiday on 21 April, we’ve decided to let you enjoy the entire long weekend.

So we have not scheduled our next event on the third Monday of the month as usual, but on Monday 28 April.

Know First, Be First, Profit First - the Future of the Speaking Industry

Craig RispinLearn about the business, people and technology trends transforming business around the world. Craig will show you the driving forces impacting the speaking industry – and give you specific ideas to gain a strategic advantage.

Do you know the major trends that will affect your business in the next few years? Do you have a strategy to deal with them? How can you possibly plan without knowing all the driving forces having an impact on your business and industry?

See exactly how to profit from the massive changes ahead.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Business, People and Technology Trends Transforming Commerce
  • How These Trends Impact One Another, and Drive Change Faster
  • What the Future of Work Will Be Like – and How to Be Part of It

This event will sell out fast so get in early to discover what the future holds for you.

A little taste of Craig at Work

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  • Members: $65.00 ( Early Bird )
  • Members: $85.00
  • Non-Members: $75.00 ( Early Bird )
  • Non-Members: $95.00

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QLD | NT Chapter Event - Your Digital Footprint
QLD | NT Chapter Event - Your Digital Footprint

QLD | NT Chapter Event

QLD | NT Chapter Event - 2 May 2014

  • Theme: Your Digital Footprint
  • Date: 02-May-2014
  • Time: 7am - 9am
    7am welcome and registration 7:30am Start 9am Finish - kick on downstairs at the Coffee Bar
  • Venue: The Point, The Eagles Nest 21 Lambert Street Kangaroo Point QLD

Breakfast is the Buzz for the NEXT Qld Chapter Event

The next NSAA event in Qld is a power packed professional development BREAKFAST in the amazing Eagles’ Nest room at the Point Hotel on FRIDAY, May 2 2014.

Arrive at 7 am for a 7.30 SHARP start. A plated breakfast will be served in Brisbane’s best venue, before we wrap up at 9 am.
We promised to mix it up in 2014 and add some ZING! This special breakfast event on Friday, May 2 is instead of an April event. The month of April was too crowded with Easter, school holidays and ANZAC Day.

Digital Footprint Specialists Peter Brewer and Tara Christianson will add a real Professional Development punch to your breakfast. Sort your digital strategy and learn about powerful productivity tools and techniques in this value packed session.

In this fast-paced hands on workshop, online marketing specialist Tara Christianson, direct from the USA, joins seasoned local professional Peter Brewer to explore the latest internet marketing trends and to help attendees to create an online strategy that’s guaranteed to start your Digital Twin selling YOU and your business 24/7.

This month's meeting is on Friday 2nd May 2014.

Your Digital Twin

  • What does your Digital Twin say about YOU?
  • Do you have a genuine structured online strategy?
  • Are you missing out on valuable business?
  • Like to know how to create your Digital Twin?

*Bonus session on Productivity Apps to help you run your business  ‘Anywhere-Anytime’ will follow the main session.  If you’re looking to get the most out of your mobile devices, you must attend this bonus 20 minute session.



A long-time advocate and early adopter of online technology,

Tara consults, trains and speaks in both on- and offline forums, while relentlessly pursuing the best strategies for individuals and companies in utilising technology to its best benefit.  

How can I help you?



Peter has transitioned from being the Principal of his own real estate brokerage and Chairman of one of Australia’s top real estate companies, to being a highly respected and sought-after international speaker, coach, consultant and digital and social media strategist. 

He’s a speaker, educator, and crusader, on a mission to ensure that smart small businesses and smart business people treat “social” and the online space with the respect it deserves.  He teaches and works hands-on with individuals, associations and companies to help their businesses get found on the “interwebs” for all the right reasons.

Are you happy with your online profile? Maybe we need to chat?

Make a Booking

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  • Members: $65.00 ( Early Bird )
  • Members: $85.00
  • Non-Members: $75.00 ( Early Bird )
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