Aspirations of a World Champion of Public Speaking – Lessons for Business

//Aspirations of a World Champion of Public Speaking – Lessons for Business

e15-international-contest-2014-cropped-150x300Here I am again with aspirations to compete for the World Championship of Public Speaking.   A 6 level contest, I am competing in the third level on 14th March with my international speech “What makes the real difference”  a speech about listening.

Every year thousands of Toastmasters members enter competitions from the 120+ countries and through a series of 6 levels of contests there will be 8 remaining to compete for the title of “World Champion of Public Speaking”.  Last year I had the pleasure of watching the final and seeing Dananjaya Hettiarachchi win at Kuala Lumpur.  This year the finalists will take the stage at Las Vagas.


My quest is inspired by my mentor former world champion Jock Elliot, who’s persistence of reaching the World Championship of Public Speaking semi & final took him 8 attempts to win the 2011 title. Most speakers who make it to a final you never see again, some will try again but few have the persistence and self belief to keep trying despite set back and losses.  Jock rode the roller coaster of highs and lows and the obsession of speech contests and his persistence paid off. He is a master word smith.

My learning I take into business is to find a mentor that has rode the highs and lows too, learn and be inspired by them.

Sure your speech has to be good….real good!  But your delivery has to be believable, authentic.

So to is your Business communications presentations or speeches if people are going to hand over their hard earned money you need to be:

  • Authentic, believable.
  • You need to ask for feedback, advice along the way, you only have one perspective on what you are doing.
  • You can’t do it alone.

Trends come and go in this contest.  Some years the oratory style wins and other years a downright performance wins.  But at the top level lets face it, they are all great speakers and it might sound cliche but yes they are all winners.  It’s a treacherous journey, ups and downs, some experienced judges who are excellent at analysing speeches and some that are persuaded by the most pathetic cheap tricks.

What I have learnt along the way through my experience of contests and finals (22 1st place), speaking to other brilliant and successful speakers, to those who did win and those who should of won, is that true belief in oneself is the only thing that really matters.  Write and deliver your speech on a topic you love, not that you think will win,  that comes from the heart, the believe and love of the topic will transform this into a winning speech and you will sail through this torturous journey with dignity and respect.

So to with your business communications be true to yourself, speak about what you love in your product or service, why you work in this job, amazing success stories of your clients.  Each time you do this you are re-enforcing a positive, authentic real experience to share not a rehearsed, one size fits all sales method that is obvious and overdone and will turn your clients off.

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Elaine Doyle is a Communication Specialist. Working with businesses and individuals, Elaine creates strategic communication plans that speak to and influence target markets, grow brands and build relationships. A renown public speaking coach Elaine teaches professional speaking skills to inform, influence and inspire.