Lynda McDermott Named Certified Speaking Professional

Lynda McDermott, consultant, author and keynote speaker has earned the National Speaker’s Association Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than 10 percent of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the International Federation of Professional Speakers (IFPS) only to accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise as well as commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior. McDermott is one of 35 professionals to earn the CSP in the class of 2005 and will be honored during the CSP ceremony on July 10 at the 2005 NSA Convention in Atlanta, GA.

“Earning your CSP takes a tremendous amount of commitment,“ says 2004-05 NSA President Scott Friedmann, CSP. “To be part of such an exclusive list of speakers who have earned this designation demonstrates that the speaker has withstood the test of time and competency.”

McDermott is president of EquiPro International, headquartered in New York City. She has worked in over 25 countries around the world for such clients as Pfizer, Ermenegildo Zegna, PricewaterhouseCoopers, sanofi aventis, Hearst Magazines, Novartis, Ernst and Young, and Procter & Gamble. She is the author of two best selling business books Caught in the Middle and World Class Teams. She has appeared on CNBC and Wall Street Journal radio. She and her firm have been awarded twice with Excellence in Practice awards from the American Society for Training and Development

Ms. McDermott is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University and has a Masters of Science in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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