NSA is proud to recognize the men and women who have made a difference in the lives of their audiences and other professional speakers. NSA’s Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, was known to say, “It’s amazing how much people can do when they divorce themselves from concern over who gets the credit.”

From guiding and inspiring other members to defining excellence on the platform, from exemplifying ethical behavior to selflessly devoting time to make NSA the premier organization it is, these members and non-members stand out as extraordinary and deserve a big standing ovation!

Click on an award for complete information, including criteria and a list of past winners:

  • 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.
  • The Cavett Award
    Since it was established in 1973, NSA’s strength has sprung from its Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE. His love, encouragement, generosity and wisdom embody the spirit of NSA today and continue to guide the Association as it grows in number and diversity.
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service
    This award is given annually to those who have provided exceptional service and demonstrated dedication to the Association.
  • Lifetime Members Award
    NSA’s Board of Directors has singled out individuals for their contribution to the profession of speaking and honored them with the Lifetime Members award.
  • Master of Influence Award
    During his presidency in 1992-1993, Al Walker, CSP, CPAE and NSA’s Board of Directors saw the need to establish a form of recognition for anyone who had a positive global impact through their speaking, whether or not they were a member of NSA.
  • The Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award
    The Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution in our world by being examples of philanthropy and stewardship.