Why Hire a CSP?

It will help you sleep better at night! Being responsible for hiring speakers for your next event can be a daunting responsibility. Your colleagues depend on you to bring a professional who will give them the information they need in an engaging way. Considering a CSP is already a "leg up" on the process. Your CSP candidate is an experienced professional.

Like most people you do your research when hiring a professional to service your home, health, educational or business needs. If your electrician is licensed or your doctor board- certified, this is a good starting point for further exploring his/her fit for your needs. The same is true when you hire a professional speaker.

What is a CSP?

The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Federation for Professional Speakers (IFPS), is the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform skills. The CSP is the only earned designation for a professional speaker.

Seven percent of the speakers who are members of the IFPS are Certified Speaking Professionals. Currently, only 177 women have a CSP designation in the international speaking community.

During the five-year certification process, candidates are required to:

  • Receive excellent ratings from past clients on performance evaluations.
  • Demonstrate that they serve a wide variety of clients.
  • Take part in on-going professional development in all aspects of their profession.
  • Perform and document hundreds of presentations.
  • Submit testimonial letters from their clients.
  • Provide samples of their promotional materials.
  • Maintain the ethical standards of NSA. See Pam's personal Code of Professional Standards

Is CSP, Pam Vaccaro the right fit for your needs?

Only you can determine what best fits your needs. A Certified Speaking Professional provides a good place with which to begin your search.

See Frequently Asked Questions if you'd like to know more about working with CSP, Pam Vaccaro or contact her to discuss your professional needs and interests.


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