Meet our Keynote Speaker

2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona J. Smith

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Ramona J. Smith

Meet Ramona

Ramona J. Smith is the Toastmasters International 2018 World Championship of Public Speaking. She is an accomplished speaker and a renowned figure in the world of competitive public speaking. Her captivating speaking style and powerful storytelling abilities have earned her numerous accolades and invitations to speak at various events and conferences across the globe.

Smith's journey to becoming a champion speaker wasn't an easy one. She overcame personal challenges and self-doubt, using her experiences to inspire and motivate others. She is the second African-American woman to win the World Championship of Public Speaking. She is also one third of the first ever trifecta of women who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 World Championship of Public Speaking, and she was the fifth woman to win in the contest's history.

In addition to her success in public speaking, Smith is a coach and educator. She has a passion for helping others improve their communication and public speaking skills. Through workshops, coaching, and mentorship, she has guided countless individuals in honing their speaking abilities and gaining confidence in their voice.

Ramona J. Smith continues to be an influential figure in the public speaking arena. Her podcast "I Dream of Speaking" has inspired audiences around the world to find their voice. Her story serves as a reminder that with determination and perseverance, anyone can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Keynote: But You Promised!

Over the last 100 years, more than 4 million people all over the world have committed to the Toastmasters promise. That includes you. Are you still honoring that promise? Are you still serving with the same energy, effort and excitement that you had when you first joined Toastmasters?

Get ready to learn more about your Toastmasters promise with Ramona at our District 10 conference on May 11!

Workshop: No One Likes Burnt Toast: How to Avoid Toastmasters Burnout

Join Ramona for an additional workshop during the conference to make sure you are not burning out in your Toastmasters journey.