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Why Hire a CSP, CPAE?

Hire Sam for Your Conference

Sam Richter is a member of the National Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE), joining fewer than 300 professional speakers from around the globe since 1977 who have received this honor.


In addition, Sam is a member of the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame, and he received his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation for his professionalism both on and off the stage. 


When you work with Sam Richter, 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.

What is the Speaker Hall of Fame?

Admission into the National Speaker Hall of Fame (Council of Peers Award for Excellence - CPAE®) 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 five categories: message, presentation/delivery, experience, professionalism, and collateral material. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, or amount of income.

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.

National Speaker Hall of Fame | Certified Speaking Professional

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