Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Paul du Toit is only the 2nd resident South African to be awarded the CSP designation and the first in 24 years. He received his CSP on 3 August 2008 in New York.
The CSP designation is currently held by less than 1000 professional speakers globally** – under 10%. Only two national speakers associations under the umbrella of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) are licensed to award the CSP designation – the United States and Australia. The Certified Speaking Professional designation is the most sought-after and visible measure of professionalism in the speaking business internationally. It demonstrates professional standards in four key areas:
- Association membership
- Continuing education
- Speaking performance
- Business management
PSASA Founders Award
As a founder member and 2nd President (2005-2006) of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, Paul was awarded the PSASA Founders Award for outstanding service to the local professional speaking industry at the Global Speakers Summit in Cape Town in April 2009.
Global Speaking Fellow (GSF) – formally known as CSPGlobal
In December 2013 The Global Speakers Federation inaugurated it’s first 21 CSPGlobal recipients at it’s Summit in Vancouver, Canada. Paul du Toit was one of just 3 Southern Africans honoured with this prestigious award in recognition of his speaking achievements and contribution to the Global Speaking community. He also now serves on the panel of referees assessing new CSPGlobal applications.
In October 2014 Paul was one of only 4 international recipients of the prestigious FPSA designation in recognition of his services to the Professional Speaking Association of the United Kingdom after his opening address at their 2014 Mega convention in London./>
Southern African Speakers Hall of Fame (SASHoF)
In March 2017 Paul was inducted into the Southern African Speakers Hall of Fame, 9 years after obtaining his CSP. SASHoF is an award conferred by fellow speaking peers and recognizes a consistent track record of professional speaking excellence, setting an exemplary example for fellow speakers and upholding industry ethics.