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Motivational Speaker Eileen McDargh's Awards & Certifications

Eileen frequently receives recognition from organizations around the world. On this page you will find just a few of the awards she has won over the years.

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Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, ranked Eileen 1st as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals 2019 following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals. The criteria for judging the TOP 30 focuses on: Originality of ideas, practicality of ideas, presentation style, international outlook, impact of ideas, quality of publications and writings, dispersion of publications and writings, public opinion, guru factor.

Eileen has attained rank #4 in the Communication category for Global Gurus ranking 2022. There is a Global Gurus criterion that a GlobalGurus competitor needs to satisfy before they are selected. This criterion is imperative as they connect with close to around 22,000 representatives, advisors, scholastics and MBA's around the globe for their votes and popular sentiment survey. Criteria for judging the TOP 30 is categorically marked on the basis of the following factors:

  • Public opinion - 30% 

  • Originality of ideas - 30% 

  • Impact of original ideas - 10% 

  • Practicality of ideas - 10% 

  • Presentation style (boring gurus get lower points) - 10% 

  • Number of publications and writings - 5% 

  • Other considerations - 5%

The Top 30 Gurus, in their individual classifications are the "Cream of the Crop", the World's Top 30 most powerful Professional Speakers, Trainers and additionally Consultants in their territories and who have got more than 500 votes each.

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Eileen was invited to join the WHY Institute in 2020, an organization that makes an effort to provide clarity and direction for discovering your WHY.  We believe that nothing is more powerful than clarity of purpose, whether personally or professionally. Eileen and the WHY Institute can help you get clear, stand out and play big by creating products and services to help you discover, articulate and live your WHY.


Eileen has been certified by will turn your virtual presentation into a theatrical event, and make your meetings engaging, interactive, and fun for attendees.


Eileen has been certified by to present her keynotes and programs virtually. She will deliver her message remotely, with impact. 


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.


Admission into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame® 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 five categories: message, presentation/delivery, experience, professionalism and collateral material. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, or amount of income.


To date, 237 men and women 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. There are currently 182 living members of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.


The Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association. It is the speaking profession's international measure of professional platform competence.


Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation.

Legends of the Platform Award

Eileen received the prestigious Legends of the Platform award from her peers in August of 2011. Other speakers chosen to be awarded this year along with Eileen are Les Brown, Dan Burrus, Captain Jerry Coffee, Eileen McDargh, Howard Putnam, Art Linkletter (Posthumous) and Jim Rohn (Posthumous).

Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation(GSF), currently hold this professional designation.


Eileen has been awarded the Top5 Speaker designation in Management/Business by Speakers Platform five years in a row. Each year Speakers Platform recognizes five speakers within fifteen popular topic areas. Recognition of excellence in speaking is based on: expertise, professionalism, innovation within the topic area, client testimonials & references, presentation skills, original contribution to the field and public votes received at the Web site. Over 14,000 votes were cast from business leaders, educators, association members and others from around the world; a testament to the far reach and popularity of the 155 final nominees. Many voters effused about how much the nominees improved their personal and professional lives; a living testament to the positive impact and important work of all the candidates.

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