What is a 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 International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFFPS) 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 International Federation for Professional Speakers’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 International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. Currently there are fewer than 600 CSPs worldwide and Craig is the only "Business Futurist & Innovation Expert" with this designation.
Comments from Those Who Hire CSP's
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.
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. - Marolyn Wright Program Resources