CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®

In February 1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame® to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® 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.

To date, 237 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®. Up to five new inductees are named each year at a gala celebration held in conjunction with the NSA National Convention. There are currently 182 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

2014 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® Inductees

  • Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE, delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. She is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.
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  • Acceptance speech

  • Ron Culberson, CSP, CPAE, helps people become extraordinary by helping them focus on seeking excellence while making their work experience more enjoyable. He helps leaders understand the components of an organizational culture that will attract great employees, develop excellent leaders, and deliver extraordinary products and services. Read more
  • Acceptance speech

  • Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE, professional speaker, humorist, career coach, author and survivor of his own life. He’s the president of Ken Futch and Associates, a training company that teaches organizations and individuals how to turn situations into opportunities and opportunity into success Read more
  • Acceptance speech

  • Scott Halford, CSP, CPAE, is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging presenter, and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. His expertise and experience enriches the contribution that he makes to every client. Read more
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  • Brad Montgomery, CSP, CPAE, teaches people how to use happiness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits. He turns typical meetings into transformational events using, the power of happiness. Oh, and he’s pretty funny. Read more
  • Acceptance speech

2014 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® inductees and Cavett Award recipient

2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® Inductees

  • Randy Gage, CPAE, has spoken to more than 2 million people across more than 50 countries, and is the author of ten books translated into 25 languages. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Jeff Salz, CPAE, has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents and first solo- ascents of summits in Southern Patagonia and the remote Western Himalaya of India. Read more

  • Acceptance Speech
  • Waldo Waldman, CSP, CPAE,
    teaches tactics on how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a decorated fighter pilot and sales expert. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE, is an expert on taking your meeting-specific content and crafting it into compelling onstage experiences and productions. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, or sharing the platform with Suze Orman or Tony Robbins, Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, unique storytelling is transformational, thought-provoking and she holds her audience members accountable to action. Read more

  • Acceptance speech

2013 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® inductees and Cavett Award recipient

2012 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® Inductees

  • As a recognized master storyteller and brilliant comedian, Steve Gilliland, CSP, CPAE, can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. He shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Sally Hogshead, CPAE, is an international keynote speaker. Using her science-based Fascinate system, she teaches audiences how to instantly persuade and captivate in a world with a 9-second attention span. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Ross Shafer, CPAE, is one of the most sought after keynote speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of Customer Urgency and Empathy, Personal Motivation, Reinvention, and Market Relevance. Read more

  • Acceptance speech
  • Peter Sheahan, CSP, CPAE, is the Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. Read more

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  • Terri Sjodin, CSP, CPAE, is a “high content” speaker. Her approach is fresh, real-world, and her style is sassy and practical. Each presentation is loaded with street-worthy ideas, methods, and tips that men and women can use immediately to get results. Many consider Terri to be today’s sales professionals’ speech coach. Read more

  • Acceptance speech

2012 CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® inductees and Cavett Award recipient