World Champions of Public Speaking Roundtable
Live and Livestreamed: Saturday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -4
Receive speaking tips and communication advice from the best of the best! This session will feature Past World Champions of Public Speaking Cyril Junior Dim (2022), Ramona J. Smith (2018), and Mark Brown (1995) as panelists; it will be moderated by Accredited Speaker Rochelle Rice. Listen to the experts discuss speech writing and preparation, storytelling and delivery, overcoming obstacles, and more.
Top 3 Takeaways
- Enjoy the interaction of 3 World Champions of Public Speaking and an Accredited Speaker.
- Get tips on speech writing and preparation, storytelling and delivery.
- Learn how to overcome some common communication obstacles.
Rochelle Rice Motivational speaker, Accredited Speaker, leadership consultant
Rochelle Rice is proud to be the first woman in the world to hold both the Accredited Speaker designation from Toastmasters International and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association.
Working with experienced and emerging leaders, Rice helps them eliminate the dichotomy between how they are visually perceived and what they say. Companies including T-Mobile, Verizon, and L'Oreal have hired Rochelle to empower the next generation of leaders to move confidently in today's challenging world.
A former professional jazz dancer with over 30 years years in the fitness industry, she brings a unique approach to her work. Blending her speaking expertise with her somatic experience training, she helps people regulate their nervous system and become more confident in leadership roles.
Whether in person, hybrid, or virtual, Rochelle systematizes the principles of body-based leadership in each of her lively presentations. She integrates the needs of the audience through music, breath work, anatomy, and activity, specifically designed to educate and energize.
At Toastmasters, Rice earned the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, which represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters. She has also been a member of Bryant Park Toastmasters (D46) in New York City for 22 years, and more recently joined Chamber Toastmasters (D110) in Kyiv. She has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2004.
Learn more about Rice on her website: RochelleRice.com.
Cyril Junior Dim Competitive speaker, software engineer, 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking
Cyril Junior Dim is Zimbabwean by descent, but was educated as a software engineer in Wrocław, Poland.
He has spent the past 13 years mastering the art of public speaking. His exploits have taken him across all avenues of the spoken word, including theatre, stand-up comedy, TEDx, sports commentary, and events hosting.
He is most recognized as an accomplished competitive public speaker, having won two national championships in two countries in two languages. He is Toastmasters International's 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking.
Dim views public speaking as the difference between a successful career and a fulfilling one; he helps people to achieve their truest potential by tapping into the power of a word well-said.
Learn more about him on his website: cyriljuniordim.com.
Ramona J. Smith Public speaking coach, trainer, author, 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking
Ramona J. Smith is on a mission is to inspire, connect, and transform lives globally using the power of words. She is a world champion speaker, certified public speaking coach, and author, leaving a trail of inspiration across five continents.
Her energy, authenticity, and impact enrapture individuals and audiences worldwide.
Learn more about her on her website: ramonajsmith.com.
Mark Brown Presenter, executive speaking coach, keynote speaker, author, podcast host, 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking
Mark Brown is a dynamic presenter and executive speaking coach who helps people overcome their fears to reach their maximum potential and achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Brown migrated to the United States at 18 years old with only $40 USD in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.
In 1995, he defeated more than 20,000 contestants from fourteen countries to win the World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on five continents. He is one of only seven people on the planet who is both a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and a World Champion of Public Speaking.
A frequent presenter at National Speakers Association meetings, and keynote speaker at Toastmasters International Conferences worldwide, Brown shares his insights across a wide range of industries, including finance, education, hospitality, transportation, marketing, and technology.
As a speaking coach, he influences various professions, including financial planning, politics, information technology, franchising, medicine, and sales. His global coaching clientele includes emerging speakers, corporate CEOs, and seasoned professional presenters.
He is the co-author of the book, Deliver Unforgettable Presentations, and a leading member of the coaching faculty at StageTimeUniversity.com. He co-hosts the weekly Unforgettable Presentations Podcast with fellow World Champion of Public Speaking Darren LaCroix. The podcast ranks in the top 1.5% of over 2.7 million podcasts worldwide, according to Listen Score.
You can learn more about him on his website: markbrownspeaks.com.