There’s a lot of discussion about whether the CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation makes a di;erence to your business. Does having
the highest earned designation in the speaking profession
make a meeting planner choose you over someone else?
Maybe. Maybe not. But I believe that’s the wrong question.
In preparing for the “How to Earn Your CSP” session for
Influence 2017, I asked the CSP community why they pursued
their CSP. Some of the answers were about the benefits:
• “I want access to CSP-only programming at Influence and the Summit.”
• “I want to tap into the CSP community groups online.”
• “You can join the conversation at an NSA event at a different level knowing you
have the CSP in common.”
• “It shows my customers that I am a dedicated, committed professional with a
track record of success.”
The second category was more about personal accomplishment:
• “All the speakers I admire have earned their CSP.”
• “I want the respect that comes with having earned it.”
The CSP designation is the internal designation of our professional organization that measures competence and professionalism. If you love this
profession, love what you do, and love being at the top of your game, then I
have a better question for you: Why wouldn’t you earn the CSP designation?
Marilyn Sherman, CSP
CSP Committee Chair, 2017–2018
Why and How
to Earn Your CSP
Seven Steps to Becoming a CSP
1. Professional member of NSA or a member association
of GSF for one continuous year prior to application.
2. Attend one NSA or GSF member association annual
in-person event (past 10 years).
3. Attend the three required sessions at Influence or
purchase and listen to the recordings.
4. Document at least 250 paid presentations (past 10 years).
5. Show income earnings from documented presentations that meet
or exceed $50,000 USD per year for at least five of the past 10 years
(presentation fee paid and/or revenue generated from same-day product
sales may be counted toward income earned).
6. Submit a video recording to be evaluated by a four-member CSP review
panel and receive a total average evaluation score of 30 out of 36.
7. Provide a minimum of 20 clients’ names to complete an online evaluation
of your work and receive a total average evaluation score of 30 out of 36.
C S P, is a 22-year
member of NSA and
is a motivational
helping people get
a front-row seat
in life. She is the
author of four books
including her latest,
Is There a Hole in
Your Bucket List?
THE APPLICATION AND DETAILS are available at NSAspeaker.org/certification.
The deadline for the CSP class of 2018 is January 12, 2018.
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