Speakers frequently ask me:  “Why should I apply for my CSP?”

My answer is:

If you speak to certification-granting organizations or industries, you should apply for your CSP.

If you want to attend NSA CSP-only learning opportunities, you should apply for your CSP.

If you want to let meeting planners know that by hiring you, a CSP, they are getting a speaker with a proven track record of experience and expertise; a speaker who has earned the highest designation in the speaking profession, you should apply for your CSP.

So my question to you is:

If you are a member of NSA, why WOULDN’T you apply for your CSP?

IS IT TIME?

ARE YOU READY?

ARE YOU FREAKING OUT?

This is an overview of the requirements and process to apply for your CSP. There are additional strategies we can talk about and you are likely to have questions. There is a link at the end of this page if you’d like to schedule a free consultation with Kate Holgate who has completed 40 successful applications as of 2022 – more than anyone on the planet. (No… really! Where are the people from the Guinness World Records?)

What this overview addresses are the requirements and processes – this does not address your platform skills which are an extremely important part of the application. 

It is also recommended that you visit the NSA website for any additional clarification.

Link to the NSA Website for More Details

“Don’t even bother to do this without Kate Holgate. She’s the bombdiggity. Kate is a CSP savant and has special Jedi powers that will change the game for you. The force is with her.”

-Jerome Wade, CSP 2017; the Epic Advantage; Extraordinary Performance, Intentional Culture

DEADLINE FOR 2023 APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2023 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE 2023 APPLICATION PROCESS
Criteria are current for the 2022 applications. Items in italics may change for 2023. New criteria (if any) usually come out in September. 

 

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Put your membership on auto-renewal and keep your payment method current. Lapsed membership (even for one day) will cause your application to be rejected. Lapsed membership after receiving your CSP will prevent you from being able to renew.

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT STATISTICS:

For 2019, NSA received 51 applications; 42 of which earned their CSP.  (We don’t have the statistics for the 2020-2022 application years). Kate has submitted more CSP applications than anyone on the planet – 40 have been successful. (Of the ones rejected, six were because of the video, one was rejected due to a lack of verifiable presentations, and two because of a lapse in membership.)

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE EVALUATION/SURVEY PROCESS:

Evaluators MUST “be familiar with your work and hold the decision-making authority to hire you for future presentations.”  They cannot simply be an audience member. 

We work with our applicants to create a strategy using the evaluation process to reconnect with their former clients.

If 20 responses are not returned by the deadline, your application will be rejected. This is why we recommend including at least 30 evaluators.

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT LIFETIME STATUS:

Lifetime CSP status is granted if you meet all three requirements:

WHAT WE DO

Each speaker’s application process is different. Some need us – a lot – and want us to handle all data entry and they send us their paper calendar, paper invoices, and address book or (hopefully) links to information online and they want us to submit the application. Sometimes NSA requests a written business model. If your speaking model is different, then it’s good to go ahead and provide it. Others have completed the data entry in either eSpeakers or on a spreadsheet and all they are looking for is an experienced eye to look over their application and return it to them so they can submit it.

Depending on the option you choose below, we are responsible for:

 

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT OUR FEES:

The best option for you is to get your materials, the signed agreement, and payment to us by November 1 so you can take advantage of our early-bird rate.  After November 1, the amount due is based on the date we receive the materials. When materials are received, we will invoice you based on that date; the invoice is payable via ACH securely through our system.

OUR FEES: Because speakers can need different levels of assistance, we offer two options:

HOURLY OPTION – YOU CAN DO MOST OF THIS YOURSELF:
In this hourly option, you and/or your admin staff have mad spreadsheet skills and are extremely detail-oriented. In this option you do ALL of the data entry, you will have run data sorts to ensure accuracy, you will have gathered all of the support material, written your business model, uploaded your video and all you need is for Kate’s experienced eye to look over your Presentation Spreadsheet for accuracy and do a final analysis and then bless it. Once we have looked it over, made changes, and have finalized it for submission, we will return it to you and you will be the one who submits the online portion and email portion of the application to NSA. Once the application has been returned to you for submission, our interaction ends. We will send an invoice for the hours worked; you agree to pay the invoice online within 48 hours.

Final materials received by:

Nov 1, 2022: Early Bird rate: $95.00 per hour
Nov 2 – Dec 1, 2022: $105.00 per hour
Dec 2 – Dec 31, 2022: $135.00 per hour
Jan 1 – Jan 5, 2023: $165 per hour
Jan 6 – Jan 8, 2023: $205 per hour subject to availability
Jan 9, 2023: Go ahead and buy me a Lamborgini (seriously, If I can help you I will, but the rate for that date begins at $300 per hour and increases depending on what time you get me your materials.) RETAINER OPTION – SPREADSHEETS GIVE YOU A HEADACHE!
If you would rather have the full assistance experience – whether you need data entry, consultation on best practices about how to contact former clients, leveraging potential evaluators into repeat clients, assistance with creating your business model, etc. we have an initial retainer fee starting at $775.00. This retainer fee covers up to 10 hours.  We speak from experience when we say that if you need us to do data entry and you send us your presentation information on separate invoices, contacts on individual Outlook V-cards, etc., and presentation topics on post-it-notes, it will take longer than 10 hours and you will be billed at the hourly rate above based on the date of the hourly shortfall.

We take a much more hands-on approach in this option and we will be the ones who will submit everything to NSA. Because Kate has submitted so many applications, NSA has come to expect high standards from her.  

Our retainer depends on when we initially receive the bulk of your materials, signed agreement, and payment.  

By 11/1/22 – Early Bird rate $775.00 $775.00
Between 11/2 – 12/1/2022 $875.00 $775.00
Between 12/2- 12/31/2022 $1075.00 $975.00
Between 1/1- 1/5/2023 Quoted on request $1175.00
Between 1/6 – 1/9/2022 Quoted on request Quoted on request
Link to NSA’s CSP Page
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