About the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®

In Feb. 1977, the National Speakers Association (NSA) established the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® to honor professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. The new "hall of fame" concept was introduced to increase awareness of the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) among speakers and throughout the meetings industry. The CPAE, 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 seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income nor volunteer involvement in NSA.

To date, only 104 men and women world wide 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. Currently there are 85 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

The National Speakers Association (NSA) is an international association of more than 4,000 members dedicated to advancing the art and value of experts who speak professionally. For more than 25 years, NSA has provided resources and education designed to enhance the business acumen and platform performance of professional speakers. Please visit NSA's Web site at www.nsaspeaker.org. NSA: The Voice of the Speaking Profession.

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