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Meredith Oliver Receives the CSP Designation

July 16, 2015

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I am proud to announce that I am officially a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)!

Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Little more than 12 percent of the speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.

thumb_IMG_0524_1024The CSP designation is conferred by NSA (National Speakers Association) on 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 a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior. The application process required documenting 250 paid presentations within a 5 year time period, a minimum income of $50,000 per year, 20 online client reviews and the submission of a 60 minute video for review by a panel of fellow CSP’s.

“The Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) is the highest designation that can be earned by a member of the National Speakers Association or another association of the Global Speakers Federation,” says 2014-2015 NSA President Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE. “CSP is earned as a result of experience, education and competency in the speaking industry, which also includes input from clients and a CSP Review Panel process.  When clients hire a professional speaker who has earned the CSP designation, they can be assured the speaker brings to the table a high level of experience and professionalism.”

I am humbled and honored to be part of this elite group of speaking professionals. And the best part is I got a gold medal. Turns out gold medals go with all of my outfits!

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