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2020 Toastmasters International Virtual Convention World Championship of Public Speaking
2020 Virtual Convention Logo Illustrating a Globe and Laptop

AUGUST 24–29, 2020

Meet the New World Champion!

The results are in…


Each year, thousands of Toastmasters, representing over 100 countries, battle for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. This months-long competition culminated at the 2020 Virtual Convention as the 28 semifinalists competed for a title that transforms lives.

Mike Carr is the new World Champion of Public Speaking! Carr, from District 55 won with a speech titled, “The Librarian & Mrs. Montgomery.” Congratulations to Linda-Marie Miller from District 37 for finishing in 2nd place with her speech, “Pretending Not to Know,” and Lindy MacLaine from District 32 for finishing in 3rd place with her speech, “Your Buried Story.”

Headshots of World Championship of Public Speaking Winners

101-minute video; winning speech starts at 56:01



Resources


Sketch of Acrylic Award for World Championship of Public Speaking Winner

How it Works


The World Championship of Public Speaking® starts in Toastmasters clubs across the globe. From there, participants advance to Area, Division, District, and region-level competitions. Two winners from each region-level competition move on to the semifinals. At the semifinals, an expert panel of experienced Toastmasters will determine the eight finalists. Each speech will last between five to seven minutes.

For many amateur speakers, this competition is the opportunity of a lifetime. Past winners have used this accolade to become prominent paid speakers, delivering keynotes and speeches around the globe.


Watch Past World Champions

2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Aaron Beverly

2019 World Champion of Public Speaking

2018 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona J. Smith

2018 World Champion of Public Speaking




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