If you’re someone who speaks professionally, you know the time is right for Professional Speakers to expand their opportunities through the spoken word. Whether in-person or virtually, online or in small groups, the world needs information, inspiration, guidance, and growth, from experts like you, who have a message to share.
CAPS is a professional association for people in the speaking business. Our members are versatile and diverse. They represent all aspects of the speaking business and make their living, speaking to and/or working with groups as keynoters, facilitators, coaches, and trainers.
There are two main National membership categories for which you may apply: Professional Member or Supplier Member. Plus, if you’re already a member of one of our Global Speakers Federation Associations, you may join as a GSF Dual Member.
Professional Membership – An individual shall be eligible for Professional membership in the Association if they have earned at least $50,000 (CDN) in revenue using the spoken word to audiences of five or more in the previous 12-month period OR have made at least 25 documented paid presentations of no less than $1,000 each to audiences of five or more in the previous 12-month period
The individual may be a keynote speaker, trainer, facilitator, emcee, online course conductor, small group coach, or professional who shares their expertise via the spoken word outside of a classroom environment and gets monetarily compensated to do so.
There are unique instances where income from speaking may include product or course sales or consulting contracts that come as a result of your speaking work.
For clarification on this point, or for any other membership qualification, please reach out to our National Membership Chair or our National President by completing our contact form.
Supplier Membership – Any individual or company shall be eligible for Supplier membership in the Association if:
- They are a Speakers Bureau(s), or a
- Supplier of materials, equipment or consulting services to professional speakers.
GSF Dual Membership – Any individual shall be eligible for GSF Dual membership in the Association if:
- They are a member in good standing of a GSF (Global Speakers Federation) Member Association outside of CAPS, that meets the minimum Professional Member criteria.
Payment of dues is required. This membership category is not available to members whose primary residence is in Canada.
For more information about membership in CAPS visit our membership Q & A section.
CAPS Speaker Academy
If you’re just starting out on a speaking career or do not meet the requirements for membership at this time, we have a program that can help. Visit www.capsacademy.ca to explore our emerging speaker online program called CAPS Speaker Academy. You’ll learn from some of the very best in the business through dozens of videos that will guide you through the business of speaking, platform skills, and more. Plus, you’ll gain access to our virtual meetings coast to coast as part of your Academy sign-up.