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The Olympics of Oratory: World Championship of Public Speaking

One of these 10 people will be crowned the new World Champion of Public Speaking on August 16th, 2008 at the Toastmasters International convention in Calgary, Alberta.

Update (August 16): LaShunda Rundles is the 2008 World Champion of Public Speaking. K. Loghandran placed 2nd, and Katherine Morrison placed 3rd.

Each year, over 230,000 members in over 11,000 clubs in 92 countries around the world have the opportunity to participate in this contest where competitors deliver 7-minute speeches judged on core message, speech development, language, and delivery techniques.

The club contest is the first of six stages which culminate in the World Championship of Public Speaking contest. The 10 speakers left standing have each out-spoken and out-inspired fellow competitors at five previous contests. [Back in May, I bowed out in the quarter-finals.]

Here are the 2008 finalists for the World Championship of Public Speaking. As you can plainly see, there is no single “speaker mold”: they bridge four countries, both genders, numerous ages, and diverse backgrounds.

2008 World Championship of Public Speaking Finalists

Region 1: Rich Hopkins (Provo, Utah)

Region 2: Robert MacKenzie (Santa Monica, California)

Region 3: LaShunda Rundles (Dallas, Texas)

Region 4: Martin Presse (Wetaskiwin, Alberta)

Region 5: Colin William (West Lafayette, Indiana)

Region 6: Charlie Wilson (State College, Pennsylvania)

Region 7: Katherine Morrison (Massachusetts)

Region 8: Henry Flowers IV (Chapin, South Carolina)

  • Region-winning speech title: My First Time
  • Home club: Richland (2500), District 58

Outside Regions – A: K. Loghandran (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Outside Regions – B: Jock Elliot (West End, Queensland, Australia)

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Comments icon5 Comments

  1. Congrats to ALL the contestants – It takes a thick skin to get up there and give it all you got – YOU ALL did that!

    Great to see BOTH LaShunda and Kathy ROCK the stage!!

    Sherri Raftery

  2. Shannon says:

    I checked the TI site to see who’d won and could find nothing. I Googled and found an article in Dallas about the winner (LaShunda) and your site. Thanks for the info. I particularly like your links to Youtube speeches.

    1. Andrew Dlugan says:

      Hi Shannon:
      I, too, have been disappointed by the slow response time of news being posted on the TI site. That’s one of the reasons I decided to post information on the finalists and winners on my site.

  3. Congratulations World Champion, LaShunda Rundles on your victory and awesome speech!
    All Toastmasters are proud and excited about your stunning accomplishment(s).
    My warmest regards to all of the participants in the 2008 World Championship of Public Speaking competition.
    Adrienne Zurub
    EastSide Toastmasters
    Club 6500
    Shaker Heights, Ohio

  4. SL Liew says:

    Wow… great to see the write up of each of the finalist. I have been to 4 WCPS but never really got to know the background more about each contestant except during the interview. Then one can forget. Here you have written down for all to see and admire and be inspired. Thanks.

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