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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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 #145: Stuart Pink—Creative Leadership

What does creativity have to do with leadership? How can leaders utilize leadership, and encourage it among their teams? Stuart Pink, CC, CL joins the show to explore these questions and more. Pink is a keynote speaker and coach on creativity who earned third place in the 2012 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking®. He is also the author of Brainarium: Exercise Your Creativity.

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Bob Hooey, PDG, AS- Podcast #144


Toastmasters Podcast #144: Accredited Speaker Program Has Come a Long Way — Bob Hooey, PDG, AS

Toastmasters' Accredited Speaker (AS) program has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981. In this episode, Greg speaks with Bob Hooey, PDG, AS, who achieved his AS designation in 1998, long before podcast was even a word. Hooey is number 48 of only 81 who have earned this distinguished Toastmasters designation.

Hooey was featured in the January 2018 issue of the Toastmaster Magazine. He’s been a Toastmaster for 28 years and is currently serving as a Regional Advisor for Region 4. Bob lives in Egremont, Alberta, Canada, and is a member of District 99.

Accredited Speaker resources can be found on the Accredited Speaker page of the Toastmaster International website. You can also reach Bob at

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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.

Ramona J. Smith can be reached at

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