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Are you a Storytelling Champion?

DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR storytelling skills?





 NSA's Storytelling Competition is created by Professional speakers for Professional speakers.
Competitions occur on three levels: Chapter, Regional, & National.


Competitors are scored on three tracks:


The story’s ability to drive demand for the speaker.*

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  • Audience Identified: Would an identified audience in the speaking industry relate to the story?
  • Relevant Topic: Is the story memorable, repeatable, and related to an identified topic in the speaking industry?
  • Would it make someone say, “this speaker told an amazing story (repeating part of the story) we should really have them at our next event”?
  • Clear Messaging: Does the story provide a path to action? Is it inspiring in someway for the listener?

*Stories must adhere to NSA’s Professional Conduct Policy as required by all NSA main stage presenters and representatives. Please do not permit stories that do not align with this Policy.


The story’s ability to drive a message and motivate the audience.

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  • Passion: Did the teller deliver the story with the appropriate emotion and passion?
  • Engagement: Did the teller engage the audience and effectively captivate them?
  • Call to Action: Is there a specific call-to-action or identifiable lesson taught?


The teller’s ability to CONNECT with the audience.

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  • Blocking: Did the teller use the stage, body language, gestures, and expressions to engage the audience?
  • Cadence (vocals): Was the teller able to deliver the story using a rhythm that was impactful?
  • Connection (Eye Contact, etc.): Was the teller able to connect with the audience as a whole and individually?

Chapter Competitions

Chapter Competitions occur in January, February & March.

Membership in an NSA Chapter is required to compete.

Members & Non-Members - CLICK HERE - to find a competition near you!

Note: The Chapter Calendar is not managed by NSA HQ. The information listed in this calendar is curated by Chapter Administrators.

The WILD CARD is a Chapter-level virtual/video competition available to those whose Chapters are not participating in the competition.

If you want to compete, you are a member of an NSA Chapter and your Chapter is not participating in the competition, click the link below!


Regional Competitions

Each Chapter Champion is eligible to compete at the Regional level. In order to compete, the Champion's entry video submission and the Regional Finalist Fee must be submitted prior to the deadline.
For more information, please confer with your Chapter Administrator.

Regional competitors will be assigned a Mentor to review and enhance their Chapter Champion story.  Competitors will then be required to submit their final Regional entry video by the pre-determined deadline.

All Regional competitors will be scored on three tracks: Marketability, Impact, & Presentation.

The Regional Finalists will advance to the National Competition at Influence!

Region 1

NSA Northwest; NSA Mountain West; NSA Northern California; NSA Los Angeles; NSA San Diego; NSA Oregon; NSA Las Vegas; NSA Colorado; NSA Arizona; NSA New Mexico, NSA Hawaii, BNSA

Region 2

NSA Minnesota; NSA Kansas City; NSA Illinois; NSA Michigan; NSA Wisconsin; NSA St. Louis; NSA North Texas; NSA Houston; NSA Austin; NSA Kentucky; NSA New Orleans

Region 3

NSA New England; NSA Connecticut; NSA New York; NSA Philadelphia; NSA Pittsburgh; NSA Carolinas; NSA Virginia; NSA DC; NSA Ohio; NSA Georgia; NSA FSA; NSA Central Florida

National Competition

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The National Competition will be LIVE on the mainstage at Influence - Aug. 3-6, 2024!

Panelists will provide constructive & positive feedback from the stage.
The National Panelists are not judges and do not vote.

The AUDIENCE will vote for their National Champion!

All National Finalists will receive:

NSA Website Mentions

Elite-Level Mentor Sessions

Mainstage Recording and Photos

NSA Email and Social Media Recognition and...

A Trophy for the National Champion!

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In order to have a successful competition experience, please ensure that you have read and agree to the following NSA policies:

Rules, Regulations, & FAQs

  • NSA Chapter membership is required to participate.
  • NSA Speaker Hall of Fame/CPAE Recipients are considered “Elite Speakers” and do not qualify to compete. This event is for mainstream and aspiring/professional speakers only. Elite-level speakers will be called upon to act as Judges and Mentors at various stages of the competition. Chapter-Level judge selection is at the discretion of the chapter leadership team but encouraged to include elite-level speakers on their panel of judges.
  • The National Champion is not eligible to compete in the competition in subsequent years - You can only WIN the competition once.
  • All Due Dates and Deadlines, Chapter, Regional and National, are non-negotiable and firm. No exceptions. Failure to comply could result in disqualification.
  • A participant can only compete once per year (one Chapter event only – not multiple Chapter competitions). This rule is applicable for anyone who is a member of multiple Chapters.
  • A participant cannot change their primary storyline. The story that is used at ChapterEntry Level must be the story used at Regional and National Level. The general story can be enhanced based on feedback/coaching received during Mentor Sessions, but the story at large must remain the same.
  • Final scores and Champion selections made by the selected Judging Panel at all levels are conclusive and indisputable.

For a copy of the full Rules, Regulations, & FAQs, click here.


Contestant Agreement: Each contestant grants and releases to NSA, its successors, assigns, and licensees the right to photograph and record my entire presentation, including likeness, voice, and verbal statements, on film, videotape, and audiotape (collectively, the “Recording.” Each contestant also grants NSA the right to edit, distribute and/or showcase the Recording in the NSA Digital Vault, alone or as part of a compilation, at its discretion without additional approval. This Agreement does not constitute an affirmative obligation on the part of NSA to distribute the Recording. NSA and its agents are permitted the right to use the Recording, name, likeness, voice, and biographical information and any other information about the contestant in connection with the advertising, promotion and public relation efforts relating to the specific presentation dated herein, in all media, now known or hereafter created without any compensation.