I see initials after some speaker's names, such as CSP or CPAE. What do they represent?

Great question! The National Speakers Association (NSA) is the speaker industry's international measure of speaker experience and skill.

In 1980, the NSA established the Certified Speaker Professional (CSP) designation. The only earned credential of the NSA, it is conferred upon accomplished professional speakers who have met strict criteria which includes documenting a proven track record of continuing speaker experience and expertise as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior.

Established by the NSA in February 1977, the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) Speaker Hall of Fame honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income or volunteer involvement in NSA.

Up to five inductees are named each year at a gala celebration held in conjunction with the NSA National Convention.

The 2012 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame class of inductees are:

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