World Championship of Public Speaking®

2016 World Championship of Public Speaking® Winners

1stFirst-Qahtani

Congratulations to Darren Tay Wen Jie of Singapore, District 80, on becoming the 2016 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Second-Maheswaran

Congratulations to Aaron Beverly of Pennsylvania, District 18, on finishing in second place.

Third-Vasudevan

Congratulations to Josephine Lee of Founders District in California, on finishing in third place for her speech.

Could you be the next World Champion?

Each year, the Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the final round of the International Speech Contest, where the World Champion of Public Speaking® is chosen. In this exciting event, 10 contestants from all over the world deliver 5- to 7-minute speeches that are evaluated by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. After a year of competing in club, area, district and semifinal competitions, these contestants have advanced for the chance to win this prestigious accolade.

“I never thought this would happen,” says Mohammed Qahtani, 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking®. Watch the video below to learn how he and the semifinalists made it to the final round and realized their dreams.


  1. View a list of the past World Champions of Public Speaking.
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