Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Aug. 7, 2000

Randall Munson: HL native earns certified speaking professional designation

Randall Munson has earned the National Speakers Association's Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. He will be honored with the association's highest earned designation during a ceremony Aug. 6 at the 2000 NSA Convention in Washington, DC.

Established in 1980, the CSP designation serves as an international measure of professional platform skill and proven speaking experience.

To qualify, candidates must meet a combination of educational, professional and performance standards. Currently, less than eight percent of all professional speakers worldwide have earned this prestigious designation.

"The CSP is the highest earned designation in the speaking profession," said 1999-2000 NSA President Dave Gorden, CSP, CPAE. "It recognizes a commitment to proven experience, ongoing education, and ethical behavior."

NSA requires that candidates for the designation serve at least 100 different clients, give a minimum of 250 presentations, and earn at least $250,000 in speaking fees, all within a five-year period.

In addition, they must also earn at least 32 educational credits, which are given by attending NSA workshops, conventions and single-focus labs.

Munson is a rare combination of business executive, professional magician, and insightful teacher who has addressed organizations and Fortune 500 companies across six continents.

His clients include IBM, Disney, Minnesota Vikings, Bank of China, Prudential Insurance, New Zealand Telecom, GTE, and The White House.

He is an expert who speaks about technology, creativity, humor, and change. He is founder and president of Creatively Speaking.

"Earning the CSP takes commitment and dedication. It is valuable because it is recognized by meeting planners around the world as an assurance that the speaker has a proven track record of competence and professional excellence," said Munson.

Munson's previous honors include induction into the Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and 12 gold medals in the International Speaker Olympics.

Munson is a co-author of the book "Breakout-Creativity, Bringing Creativity to the Work Place." His work has been featured in magazines including "Minnesota Meetings and Events" and the American Airlines in-flight magazine "American Way."

Munson graduated suma cum laude in 1971 from Mankato State University with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and mathematics. In 1981, he earned a master of science degree in computer and information science from the University of Minnesota.

Munson's career includes five years with the Dayton Hudson Corporation in Minneapolis, and 20 years with IBM in Rochester, before entering a full-time speaking career in 1997.

Munson the son of Lois Munson of HL, is a native of Howard Lake, and 1967 graduate of Howard Lake High School.

The 2000 NSA Convention runs from Saturday - Tuesday, Aug. 5 - 8.

For more information, contact Munson at 507-286-1331 or

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