Certified Speaking Professional

EXACTLY WHAT IS A CSP? And Why Is That Title So Important?

What is a Certified Speaking Professional and why should you care?

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Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Alright so check that out. It’s my CSP medal. So what is a CSP? What is a Certified Speaking Professional and why do you care?

Alright, so here’s the short story. A CSP, again Certified Speaking Professional, comes from the organization of professional speakers called the National Speakers Association. I’m a member, I’m a proud member, I’ve been a member for years and they’re the ones who gave me, kapow, that thing, it’s a CSP.

So what it means, the short story is to get the CSP you have to have had a whole bunch of clients and the National Speakers Association checks up on that. You have to have earned a certain amount of money and not that money is the Holy Grail, but it proves that you’ve been working over a certain amount of time.

And by the way, this is over a long time. It’s over five or six years, so it’s not, you can’t have a short flash. They want to know you have a ton of speakers over five years and they want to know you made a significant amount of money over five years, proving that you’re in the game and then also, the coolest thing is they check up on your clients and make sure that your clients are happy with you.

So, and again, not the last month, not the last two clients, not the last clients over a year, we’re talking over a long period of time. And I don’t mind telling you, I think the standards are pretty low. You really don’t need that many jobs and you don’t really need to have made that much money as a speaker in order to be eligible for your CSP. And if you can’t round up a few clients who aren’t willing to vouch for you when the National Speakers Association calls you, you’re just not doing that well, which brings up the point, if it’s so easy to get a CSP, why don’t more speakers have them? Seriously, it’s just not that hard.

So you just have to do some paperwork and get it done. What’s that got to do with you?

Looking for a speaker? Ask if they have their CSP Medal.

When you’re looking to book a speaker, one of the things you ought to ask is, are you a Certified Speaking Professional and if not, why not? And then listen. And if the answer is a lot of excuses, well, because of this or it’s just not important or, you might ask them, I heard it was pretty easy to do, why can’t you just do the paperwork and do it if it’s so easy?

But what I think you’ll find is that there are tons of speakers who say they have the experience that don’t. There’s tons of speakers who say they have the expertise that don’t and most importantly, there’s tons of speakers who say they have the continual track record which for you, is your level of guarantee. That’s what’s going to guarantee that your speaker kills for you. If they don’t have that, you ought to really ask them why.

Alright, that’s my CSP. I’m pretty proud of it. Didn’t really change my life, but it was kind of fun and when we just set up the office, I hung it up because I thought it was kind of fun.

So check it out. Are you hiring a CSP? Good. If not, find out why not.

My name is Brad Montgomery. If you are looking for a motivational speaker who has earned their CSP, this is the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association, if you want one of those, I’d love to be your guy.

Check out the preview video. It’s here somewhere. Click the link. Is it there? I don’t know. You’ll find it. Check out the preview video and if you have any questions, give us a call at bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. Make it a great day!

Brad Talks Fun and Customer Experience to Employees at Enterprise Bank in MA

Brad had a blast working with employees at Enterprise Bank in MA recently. Here are video testimonials from employees about what his message meant to them.

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Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Fan of Enterprise Bank

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For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Speaker:  It turned out to be great.  Employees loved it.  I suggest you look him up and take him up on speaking at your next event.  Thank you.

Brad with audience:  What?  What?  Did I miss something?  What did I miss?      So here’s the deal.  We’re going to talk today about connecting fun and levity with excellence and what I love about you is you already get that.  Enterprise, you guys are experts at this.  You know, fun place to work, whatever.

Jamie:  Hi, I’m Jamie Gabriel.  I work for Enterprise Bank.  I’m the Senior Human Resources Manager and I just had the pleasure of working with Brad Montgomery on a all-employee meeting session.  Brad was lively and engaging and of course, as you would have expected, humorous.  His presentation was filled with excellent stories that people could take back and apply within their own life and he also brought in some of our own business challenges that we wanted to consider and he had some humor to those as well.

Next speaker:  Well, we have two sessions that Brad’s speaking at.  The morning session’s already happened, got a lot of great feedback.  People loved it, lots of laughs and we’re looking forward to his afternoon performance.

Jamie:  We had two sessions, one in the morning and Brad’s presentation was all the buzz throughout the course of the day.  So employees loved it, they felt energized and they left feeling like they could make a difference and be humorous in their own work environments.

Brad with audience:  What if I gave you a couple of specific ways to stay happy, to remind yourself to stay happy?  Would that be helpful?  Of course it would because we spend so much of our time at work. 

Fun at work makes us better at work

Doesn’t it make sense to invest some energy, some calories into making sure that time at work is fun?  And the science backs us up.  We know this.  We know that if we’re better, or we’re having fun at work, we’re better at work.  We’re healthier, right?  Wellness?  We saw that.  We’re healthier, we’re better, we’re more resilient.  We’re everything we need to be.  Customer experience is easier.  I just dropped that customer experience in there because it’s in my contract, so.

Next speaker:  Brad really had them laughing and his message hit home for our employees.

Next speaker:  Yes, actually, I would say Brad’s experience as a certified speaking professional, you can tell that he’s taken the time to get to know the company and you don’t always get that with other speakers.  So I think this is probably one of the best ones we’ve had so far.

I love working with banks and I’d love to be on your team to bring a laugh-out-loud message of fun and your bottom-line. Call me, we’ll put together an unforgettable experience for your next meeting! Brad