World Champion of Public Speaking 2018

New World Champion of Public Speaking!

In Ramona J. Smith’s winning speech, “Still Standing,” she likens life to a ring fight, using boxing moves, humor and even breaking out in song to captivate the crowd. “My challenge to you is to stay in the ring…even after you take a few hits,” she said. “We’re still standing,” she later harmonized to the audience, to which it replied on cue, “yeah, yeah, yeah.”

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How Will Pathways Transform your Career

How Will Pathways Transform Your Career

Hear from members as they share recent work challenges, then explain how the Pathways learning experience helped take them to a new level of leadership and communication.

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New Marketing Material

Improve Your Marketing Efforts

Are you looking for ways to market your Toastmasters club? Use the Find Your Voice and Your Path to Leadership brochures to explain the benefits of Toastmasters to prospective members. To help outline the Pathways learning experience, purchase the Navigating Pathways Flier.

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2019 International Convention

Save the Dates! #TICon2019

Join us from August 21-24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, the home of our new world headquarters, for the 88th Annual Toastmasters International Convention!

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Toastmasters Podcast #143: Ramona J. Smith—2018 World Champion of Public Speaking

In this episode, Smith offers a glimpse into her journey and what she learned along the way. We get an insight into her championship winning speech and how she uses the analogy of a fight in a boxing ring to share how she was able to overcome her failures, including a divorce and dropping out of college not once, but four times. Through all her hardships, Smith was never down for the count. We also learn a little about her miracle son, Ryan.

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You can watch Ramona's winning speech, or catch her semi-final speech along with the entire competition at Toastmasters-On-Demand.

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Toastmasters Podcast #142: 2018 International Convention Preview (Part II)

In this second of a two-part series, Ryan and Greg speak with four of the presenters who will grace the stage at the 2018 International Convention, August 22–25, in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Pat Johnson: Building and Sustaining Vibrant Corporate Clubs
  • Mohammed Murad:Is Leadership for Me?
  • Johnny Campbell:Embracing the Winds of Change—Adjust Your Sails
  • Sarah Khan:#BeginWithin




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Toastmasters Podcast #141: Meet Keith Ferrazzi—2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

Toastmasters’ most prestigious award is the Golden Gavel. Since 1959, the award has been given annually to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership.

Toastmasters International has named Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel recipient for his leadership in the field of networking and relationship-building. The award recognizes Ferrazzi's extensive influence in encouraging individuals and organizations to build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships. Ferrazzi will accept the award in August at the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention in Chicago, Illinois.