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NSA SoCal Storytelling Competition

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March 2 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm PST

📅 Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

🕒 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, immediately following our seminar with Delatorro McNeal, CSP, CPAE

🌐 Location: Zoom

Free to attend | $25 to compete

Unlock Your Storytelling Potential with NSA SoCal’s Competition

Ready to unleash your inner storytelling champion? Do you aspire to refine your speechcraft skills and collaborate with the best in the business? Want a chance to speak on the national stage at Influence this year? If you’re eager to elevate your storytelling to new heights and make your story unforgettable, then look no further!

Introducing the NSA SoCal’s FIRST EVER Storytelling Competition – a platform crafted by professional speakers, exclusively for professional speakers. This competition offers a thrilling journey through three levels: Chapter, Regional, and NATIONAL.

March 2, 2024 at 11 AM on Zoom (after our chapter meeting with Delatorro McNeal)

Video submission due by 5 PM PST on February 28, 2024

Competition Details:

  • Three Tracks: Competitors are evaluated on three critical aspects – MARKETABILITY, IMPACT, and PRESENTATION.
  • Chapter Membership: To participate, you need to be a member of an NSA Chapter.
  • Video submission: You must submit a video recording showcasing your story to the chapter to secretary@nsasocal.org by February 28, 2024. Videos must be no more than 5 minutes.
  • Chapter Competition: Stories will be showcased after the chapter meeting on March 2 at 11 AM in front of a live audience on Zoom. There will be a panel of 3 judges who will choose the winner of the chapter’s competition.
  • Regional Advancement: The WINNER of the NSA SoCal submissions then advances to the Regional competition, with NSA SoCal covering the entire $500 Regional Level entry fee.
  • Storytelling Consistency: If your story is selected at the Chapter-Entry Level, it needs to remain consistent throughout the Regional and National Levels. While you can enhance it based on feedback and coaching, the core story remains unchanged.
  • Mentorship at Regional Level: Regional competitors will have the privilege of working with a mentor to refine their Chapter Champion story, followed by the submission of their final Regional entry video.
  • National Grand Finale: Regional Finalists earn the chance to compete at the National Competition held during Influence, NSA’s national conference this Aug. 3-6, 2024. The competition takes place on the mainstage, where panelists provide constructive feedback. Notably, the audience plays a significant role in voting for the National Champion.
  • Rewards for National Finalists: All National Finalists 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!

Are you ready to become a part of this storytelling journey? Learn more about the rules, regulations, and FAQs to ensure you’re fully prepared for this exciting competition.

Other Information:

  • NSA Speaker Hall of Fame/CPAE Recipients are considered “Elite Speakers” and cannot compete but can participate as Judges and Mentors.
  • NSA Chapter membership is a prerequisite to participate.
  • The National Champion cannot compete in subsequent years. Winning is a one-time opportunity.
  • Deadlines for Chapter, Regional, and National events are non-negotiable. Please adhere to them to avoid disqualification.
  • Participants can only compete once per year in one Chapter event.
  • Story consistency is vital – your story remains the same throughout the competition levels.
  • Final scores and Champion selections are conclusive and indisputable.

Contestant Agreement:

By participating, contestants grant NSA the right to photograph, record, edit, and distribute their presentations in the NSA Digital Vault, without additional approval. NSA may use their name, likeness, voice, and biographical information for advertising and promotional purposes across all media.

Ready to embark on your storytelling adventure? Join us at NSA SoCal’s Storytelling Competition and make your story heard!