Why Hire a CSP?


As a Certified Speaking Professional and a member of the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame, when you work with Sam Richter, you know you're getting one of the world's top speakers committed to ensuring you and your attendees have an exceptional experience. It's our professional obligation. It's our promise.

What is a Certified Speaking Pro?

The CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association® (NSA). The CSP designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence.


Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is earned by mastering the four professional competencies adopted by the NSA Board of Directors:

  • Eloquence - The art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations.

  • Expertise - Knowledge, skills and experience in a specific area.

  • Enterprise - The purposeful undertaking of a successful speaking business venture.

  • Ethics - The standards governing the conduct of those in the speaking profession.

Hire Sam and make your next event the best, and most valuable one, ever.

Why Should You Only Hire a CSP?

The quality of your conference is directly related to the quality of your speaker(s). Having a speaker who is motivating and entertaining is a "must have." Working with a certified professional is what takes your program to the next level.

There's a simple reason why you should hire a CSP: you eliminate the guesswork and you eliminate your risk. You don't have to worry or wonder if the speaker is any good.


Certified Speaking Professionals are bound by a code of ethics to always work in a way that is in their client's best interest. A CSP will study your organization and your attendees and customize a program to ensure relevance with everyone in the audience. In addition, a CSP must always act with the highest degree of professionalism.

How Does a Speaker Become a CSP?

To earn the CSP designation, a speaker is required to:


  • Perform and document hundreds of presentations (Sam has delivered thousands).

  • Show a consistent high income earned through speaking (Sam has met the threshold many years).

  • Receive excellent ratings on performance evaluations from past clients and fellow CSPs.

  • Take part in ongoing education.

  • Maintain and renew their designation every 5 years.

Sam Richter - Your Certified Speaking Professional

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