The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, established in
1980 by the National Speakers Association (NSA), is the speaking
profession's international measure of professional platform skill. CSP
is conferred by the US-based National Speakers Association and by the
National Speakers Association of Australia only on those 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
Why Should You Hire a
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
Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation
for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. The
membership of the International Federation for Professional Speakers is
comprised of professional speaking associations worldwide. CSP is the
international standard that these associations agree represent competence
in the speaking profession.
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
What Are the
Every CSP must...
- Maintain membership and
subscribe to the 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.
NSA, a member association of the International Federation for Professional
Speakers, is dedicated to advancing the art and value of experts who speak
professionally. The International Federation for Professional Speakers
provides nearly 5000 members with the resources and education designed to
enhance the talent, ethics and business acumen of professional speakers.
The CSP Certification is an indication that you are booking a committed
professional who has a history of success with many audiences.