On Becoming a Professional Public Speaker (my interview at the McGill Toastmasters Club)

I had a MAGNIFICENT time being interviewed by the talented Alain Guillot at the McGill Toastmasters Club in a post-meeting interview session. In this interview, Alain and I share a fast-paced, [...]


Houston high school teacher wins Toastmasters’ 2018

Houston high school teacher wins Toastmasters’ 2018 World Championship of Public Speaking® Ramona J. Smith rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest With a speech [...]


The 2017 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking is Crowned — and here’s the breakdown of WHY this speech won

In August 2017, Manoj Vasudevan was crowned the 2017 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. Manoj rose above 30,000 contestants to take this prestigious title in the finals [...]


6 Meaningful, Moving and Memorable Graduation Speeches

With graduation season underway, commencement speakers are giving students one last lesson before entering the work force. The most effective speakers share their own life experiences and offer [...]


The Past – and the Future – of Toastmasters International (my Interview with Daniel Rex, CEO of Toastmasters International)

“I realized that I wasn’t very good at public speaking. I lacked the basic principles such as how to properly organize my speech using visual aids, using my voice in a better way, and [...]


The 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking — and his underwear?!?

The 2016 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking was crowned late last summer, much to the delight of all speech-watchers around the world. Singaporean lawyer Darren Tay rose above 30,000 [...]


Toastmasters Picks 7 Most Memorable Oscar® Quotes from the Last 20 Years

Once the Academy Awards® winners have been revealed, the buzz from Sunday’s Oscars will focus on who was wearing what and what they said in their acceptance speeches. Good or bad, the speeches [...]


Public Speaking: Should You Just Give Up?

I recently received this question from someone, and I had to share it: “Suzannah, I’m so nervous when I have to give a presentation, I just can’t do it. I feel like everyone can see how [...]


If it can happen to him…

Back in September 2015, I wrote a post about the winning speech at the 2015 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, given by Mohammed Quatani. His speech, The Power of Words, was [...]


Toastmasters International Lists 7 Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Whether it was David Letterman signing off on the Late Show for the final time or Caitlyn Jenner accepting an award recognizing her courage, the most discussed and shared presentations of the [...]

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