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Certified Speaking Professional



What is 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 makes you job easier!  The success of your meeting will be judged largely on the caliber, professionalism and appropriateness of the topic and presenters 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.


2003 NSA President Stephen Tweed congratulates Jim for earning the CSP.
How Many CSPs Are There? Less that 10% of speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.  That's approximately 600 speakers worldwide!


Comments from Those Who Hire Speakers: "CSP is an insurance policy toward the meeting planner's success.  The CSP designator is a qualifier in the mind of the astute planner."

Brad Plumb

North American Speakers Bureau, Inc.


"I am a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional).  I believe strongly in designations.  It says you are committed to the profession.  When I have equal speakers, I will take the CSP first over the non-CSP.  Yes, CSP does make a difference  in selecting speakers."

Betty E. Garrett, CMP

Garrett Speakers International

"You know they (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 meeting planning industry."

Marilyn Wright

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