What is a Certified Speaking Professional?

Certified Speaking Professional AwardThe Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers, is the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform skill.

A CSP speaker is in the top 10% of professional speakers.

The CSP designation is earned through demonstrating competence in a combination of standards:

  • Professional platform skills
  • Professional business management
  • Professional education
  • Professional association.

Professional speakers who have earned the CSP designation bring a proven track record of experience and expertise to your meeting.

As speakers go through the five-year process of becoming certified, they are required to:

  • Receive excellent ratings from past clients on performance evaluations
  • Demonstrate that they serve a wide variety of clients
  • Take part in ongoing education
  • Perform and document hundreds of presentations
  • Submit testimonial letters from their clients
  • Provide samples of their promotional materials.

National Speakers Association
NSA Website: http://www.nsaspeaker.org



"When I see the CSP designation, I recognize it as the hallmark of a speaking professional who has met the impressive and high expectations required to earn the certification. Our audiences have never been disappointed in the powerful, relevant messages delivered in educational sessions conducted by CSPs."
Nancy A. Woolever, PHR
               Society of Human Resource Management

"You know CSPs have achieved a certain discipline that puts them in a category all their own; they have passed the test of longevity; they have proven themselves. It makes a difference today and will continue to make a difference in the meetings industry."
              Marolyn Wright
              Program Resources

"It's truly an indication that a speaker has achieved a higher level of professionalism. It's something we look for first. I reduce my risk by hiring someone with a CSP."
              William Bess
              Mfgrs. Representatives of America

"I always consider the CSP designation the hallmark of professional excellence. The CSPs that we have selected have never disappointed our audiences."
              Barbara S. Sadek
              Society for Human Resources Management

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