Certified Speaking Professional Designation (CSP)
The CSP certification is the indication that you are booking a committed professional who has a history of success with many audiences. Beverly is proud to have earned her CSP in 2007 and is committed to upholding the professionalism that this designation represents.
What is a CSP?
The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. The CSP is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation 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 I 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 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 Global Speakers Federation hold this professional designation. In Canada, there are less than 60. Beverly is honoured to be one of these speakers.
In order to earn the prestigious CSP designation every applicant must:
maintain membership in GFS and subscribe to its Code Of Professional Ethics
serve a specific number of clients within a 5-year period
present a specific number of 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
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 behaviour. 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.
Comments From Those Who Hire CSPs:
“I always consider the CSP designation the hallmark of professional excellence. The CSPs that we have selected have never disappointed our audiences.”
– Barbara Sadek, The Society for Human Resources Management
“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, Manufacturers Representatives of America
“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, National Speakers Bureau, Inc.