World Championship of Public Speaking

Each year, the Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the final round of the International Speech Contest, which produces the World Champion of Public Speaking.

A panel of experienced Toastmasters judges evaluates nine contestants from different parts of the world, all of whom have advanced to the finals following a year-long process of elimination through club, area, district and semifinal competitions.

Criteria used in judging includes speech content, organization, voice quality and gestures. To see the full list of World Champions of Public Speaking, click here. 

2014 World Championship of Public Speaking

Congratulations to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi of Nawala Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, District 82,
on becoming the 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking for his speech, I See Something.


Congratulations to Kwong Yue Yang of Guangzhou, China, District 89,
on finishing second place for his speech, Four Words.


Congratulations to Kelly Sargeant of Houston, Texas, United States,
District 56, on finishing third place for her speech, Goodbye Wi-Fi.


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