As you all know by now, the GSS is just around the corner and already 2018 is gearing up to be a year of incredible opportunity. Not only will we have world-class speakers from around the globe, here on our doorstep, but next year, the Global Speakers Summit will be host to our annual NSANZ Gala Dinner and Awards Night. This is the time of the year that we get to recognise our peers and their accomplishments and what a better year to apply for an award than 2018, surrounded by speaking professionals and guests from around the world!

Irrespective whether you have been with NSANZ since its inception back in 1994 or you have joined within the last year, you can be part of this auspicious event.

This is the official announcement that we have now opened up the call for Applications for the 2018 Award.  There are three categories that you might be able to apply for:

By clicking on the links above you can download the criteria for each category and what is expected.  To make life a little easier, here’s a summary document that covers the basic criteria for the Awards this year.  [download more info]

To help you, here’s a summary of some of the big milestones:

Notification of your request to be nominated for each Award close by 4:00pm on Friday the 12th January 2018. 

At this level, you need to send in an email to awards@NationalSpeakers.org.nz stating your name and the category that you want to apply for.  This doesn’t oblige you to supply an application, but it reserves a spot for you on the podium!  If you don’t meet this deadline, we’re unable to allow you to apply.

Submission of full applications close by 4:00pm on Friday the 19th of January. 

You have until this date to collate ALL your supporting documentation – an unedited video of you training or speaking (ideally at least 20 minutes and with an MC introduction), client testimonials and your application summary.  If you miss this deadline, your application will not be taken any further.

To apply for the Awards you need to qualify under the following criteria:

All Categories:

  • Submissions are self-nominated.
  • Candidates may enter multiple award categories where they meet the required eligibility criteria.
  • All submissions are in electronic format ONLY.
  • Quality and Professionalism of entries counts.
  • All links to videos, documents must work and easy to access. NSANZ will be providing Dropbox, or similar, for all submissions.

BrightStar – Emerging Speaker of the Year

  • All applicants must be either an Accredited Member or Professional Member only.
  • To have been speaking professionally for less than 3 years prior to awards deadline.
  • Have been a full financial member of NSANZ for a minimum of 3 calendar months prior to awards deadline.

Speaker of the Year

  • All applicants must be an Accredited Member, Professional Member or Certified Speaking Professional accredited member of NSANZ.
  • Have been speaking/presenting professionally for more than 3 years prior to the award deadline.
  • Have been a full financial member of NSANZ for a minimum of 3 calendar months prior to awards deadline

Educator of the Year

  • All applicants must be an Accredited Member, Professional Member or Certified Speaking Professional accredited member of NSANZ.
  • Have been speaking/presenting professionally for more than 3 years prior to the award deadline.
  • Have been a full financial member of NSANZ for a minimum of 3 calendar months prior to awards deadline.

We also have the Fast-track Scholarship Award which is open to NSANZ Members who have been speaking for under 3 years and have been Members of NSANZ for between 6 months and 30 months.  Full details of the Fast-track Scholarship criteria can be found here. [Download FastTrack Scholarship]

Finally, we would like to encourage you all to consider putting yourself forward for an award this year.  And we’d like to wish you all the best for your application!  Looking forward to seeing you in February for the Global Speakers Summit!