What is a CSP?

The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill. CSP is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) only on those accomplished speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who understands what is required and knows how to deliver client satisfaction.

Why Should You Hire a CSP?

It will make your job easier! The success of your meeting will be judged largely on the caliber, professionalism and appropriateness of the topic and presenter(s) you select. Choosing a CSP maximizes your opportunity of providing a speaker with a message that will focus, elevate and enhance the mission of your meeting and stick firmly in the memories, attitudes and action plans of your attendees.

How Many CSPs Are There?

Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.

What Benefit Does a CSP Bring to Your Meeting?

A CSP brings a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise. CSPs are committed to ongoing education, outstanding service and ethical behavior. CSPs offer wide varieties of approaches, topics and styles. Only you can determine which speaker will best fit your needs. A Certified Speaking Professional provides a solid place with which to begin your search.

What Are the Criteria?

Every CSP must…

  • Maintain membership in NSA and subscribe to its Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Serve a minimum of 100 different clients within 5 years.
  • Present a minimum of 250 professional speaking engagements within this same 5-year period.
  • Submit testimonial letters from clients served.
  • Submit professionally prepared promotional materials.
  • Receive excellent ratings from past clients on professional performance evaluations.
  • Continue education in the professional speaking field through NSA’s many educational programs.

The Association:

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the leading organization for experts who speak professionally. NSA’s 4,000 members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. Since 1973, NSA has provided resources and education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and speaking profession. The CSP certification is NSA’s indication that you are booking a committed professional who has a history of success with many audiences. Visit NSA’s Web site at www.nsaspeaker.org. NSA: The Voice of the Speaking Profession®.

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