Global Speaking Fellow: Experienced, Credible, Globally Competent


In response to the expanding international nature of the needs of global speaking members, international clients, and global audiences, the Global Speakers Federation has established the framework for a designation that recognizes professional speakers successfully presenting at a global level.

This designation is called the Global Speaking Fellow.

 Who can apply for the designation Global Speaking Fellow?

You can apply for this designation if you have sustained a successful speaking business across numerous global geographical regions, and you are:

  • A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), awarded by
    National Speakers Association (USA) or Professional Speakers Australia
  • A Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland (FPSA)

If I’m a CSP or FPSA, why do I need the Global Speaking Fellow designation?

  • Without taking away any prestige from the CSP or FPSA designations, attaining the Global Speaking Fellow designation is a leading indicator that you are a professional speaker who is competent in the core competencies unique to global speaking.
  • The competency structure was developed with the input of global speakers and global meetings industry professionals and is designed around the professional skills and behaviours demonstrated by a successful global presenter.
  • Support for high-level professionalism in the global speaking profession promotes the wider use of accomplished professional speakers. It also expands the credibility and value of all global speakers.
  • Bringing value to the global meetings industry supports effective partnerships between speakers and those who hire them. It also fosters confidence in the markets of GSF member associations and emerging speaking associations.
  • This confidence plays an increasingly important role as a driver and facilitator of the adoption and high-quality implementation of high standards in those regions of the world with emerging markets for professional speaker services.

Is the Global Speaking Fellow a higher designation than the CSP/FPSA?

No, the Global Speaking Fellow can never replace the CSP or FPSA, and was never intended to be a ‘pinnacle’ designation. The designation Global Speaking Fellow stands alongside the CSP and FPSA in certifying global competencies. 

The CSP and FPSA designations are internationally recognized in the speaking profession. However, while these designations are a measure of professional platform competence, they do not specifically focus on a speaker’s ability to successfully take their business across continents and cultures.

How do you evaluate the competence of applicants for the Global Speaking Fellow?

The Global Speaking Fellow designation is conferred on those who have:

OK let’s do it. How do I apply?


If you already have the CSP or FPSA designation, apply online.

Find out more about:

Global Speaking Fellow Competency Framework
Global Speaking Fellow Application Process
GSF Code of Conduct for Global Speakers
Global Speaking Fellow Fees, Confidentiality and Renewal