Membership of the Professional Speaking AssociationMembership of the Professional Speaking Association is available to anyone who speaks professionally - in other words they do it well and they get paid for it, either in the form of a fee, or as part of their employment.
We also have Associates who are people who are connected to the speaking profession or who aspire to become professionals.
Associates are not technically members. They are individuals who have a desire to become members or who are linked to the world of professional speaking in some way. Hence Associates are people who aspire to membership or who work in allied professions and industries, such as the meetings sector. Associates also include speaker bureaus, conference organisers and presentations supplies companies.
Members are people who operate independently as a sole trader or a limited company, or are employed by a business or charity for which the individual makes presentations. To qualify for Member status there must be payment for your speaking activities, in some way - either in the form of fees, salary or other income. In addition, Members must be observed speaking by existing Members who support the application.
This is the pinnacle of the profession. Fellowship status is granted to individuals who have reached demanding financial and performance criteria. Fellowship is only given once a vote of all existing Fellows has taken place.
All grades of membership are only conferred on people whose subscription fees are fully paid and up-to-date.