CSP – Certified Speaking Professional


What is the CSP?

The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. CSP is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) 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 Certified Speaking Professional?

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. The Certified Speaking Professional designation is the Global Speakers Federation’s indication that you are booking a committed professional who has a history of success with many audiences.

How Many CSPs Are There?

Less than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation hold this professional designation.

What Benefit Does a Certified Speaking Professional Bring to Your Meeting?

A CSP brings a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise. Certified Speaking Professionals 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 Certified Speaking Professional must…

  • Maintain membership in a member organization of the Global Speakers Federation and subscribe to a Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Serve a specific number of clients within five years.
  • Present a specific number of professional speaking engagements within this same five-year period.
  • Submit testimonial letters from clients served.
  • Submit promotional material.
  • Receive excellent ratings from past clients on professional performance evaluations.
  • Demonstrate sufficient financial income from professional speaking to confirm the value clients place on the speaker’s expertise.
  • Continue education in the professional speaking field through GSF’s many educational programs while advancing the professional speaking community worldwide.