Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
What does ‘CSP’ mean?
The Certified Speaking Professional designation is the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform skill. This designation was established in 1980 by the US-based National Speakers Association (the leading organisation for professional speakers). This designation is now a globally recognised credential within the larger Global Speakers Federation, which comprises 11 member nations and nearly 6,000 speakers. The CSP is awarded to speakers who have met strict criteria. Therefore, the letters CSP following a speaker's name indicate an individual of international standard with proven experience.
What are the requirements for earning the CSP designation?
An applicant for CSP is independently audited by an external agency. The audit evaluates five years of documented business practices including ethics, customer service, client ROI, financial review, and marketing. Applicants must present a minimum of 250 speaking engagements within this five-year period. Ratings from satisfied clients also play a significant part in choosing those who will receive the title. The CSP is awarded to professional speakers who meet all the criteria in this rigorous independent audit.
How many CSPs are there?
Fewer than 11% of professional speakers have earned this professional designation. As of February 2011, there are 663 CSPs worldwide, with 9 based and living in Asia.
Why hire a CSP?
A CSP is a very experienced industry professional who has proved professionalism as a speaker, and has a track record of continued professional speaking experience and expertise. CSP is the highest credential available to working professional speakers, attained through a rigorous independent audit. The Global Speakers Federation considers that the CSP represents utmost competence in the speaking profession.
Nine Professional Members of APSS have earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation. The year it was earned follows their name.
- Scott Friedman, CSP (1993)
- Rob Salisbury, CSP (2003)
- Michael Podolinsky, CSP (2008)
- David Lim, CSP (2009)
- Andrew Bryant, CSP (2009)
- Nishant Kasibhatla, CSP (2011)
- Brenda Bence, CSP (2011)
- Shirley Taylor, CSP (2012)
- Gustav Gous, CSP, PhD
- Christian Chua, CSP (2015)
- Jerome Joseph, CSP (2015)
- Philip Merry, CSP, CSPGlobal (2015)
- Sharon Connolly, CSP (2015)
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