Summary of “Toastmasters public speaking champion Ramona Smith’s winning speech”

On Saturday, Ramona Smith was named the 2018 Toastmasters world champion of public speaking.
Smith, a 31-year-old high-school teacher from Houston, outlasted more than 30,000 other speakers from around the world over the six-month World Championship of Public Speaking competition, the largest of its kind.
Smith’s winning speech, titled “Still Standing,” explored how she found strength in the face of adversity throughout her life.
In an interview with Business Insider, Smith broke down the techniques she used in her speech and how they pushed her over the edge.
“Can you think of a time that life tried to knock you down?” Smith said in her speech, stopping for a beat and looking out into the crowd.
Asking questions draws the audience in and allows them to relate more to the speaker, Smith said.
Smith has absorbed lessons from countless public speakers on the professional circuit and in her local Toastmasters club.
Hettiarachchi recommends speakers open the palms of their hands to the audience to convey openness – something Smith did throughout her winning speech.

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