Interview: Ed Tate, World Champion of Public Speaking

Ed TateDuring my recent visit to the Toastmasters Conference in Oakland I was pleased to run into the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking – Ed Tate. Ed won Toastmasters highest award – a world-wide contest open to all 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He’s now an internationally known keynote speaker and fellow member of the National Speakers Association. He’s earned a reputation as the “speaker who energizes, educates, and entertains.” He has spoken professionally in 46 states and 10 countries, and on 4 continents. Ed is also a successful trainer and author.

I took the opportunity to ask Ed what are the three most important pieces of advice he has for business leaders who speak. I also asked him if he could remember the first time he delivered a speech. To hear what he told me, click on the podcast icon below.

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Cornering Ed Tate is a real coup! Power-packed 3 minutes – look forward to future podcasts!

Being where you are at the moment and achieving what you have achieved for me is a life-long dream. Maybe its because i’m 15. I remember the first time I delivered a speech to an audience about believing in who you are, it got me a huge applause and I guess it was from that day on I did self-practice to become better everyday by looking at World Champion Speakers like yourself in terms of what they did different from others to become champions. You are a true inspiration!

Great interview. As a business speaker myself, I agree with Ed’s comments about the need to connect with the audience. But I’m still a believer that content is king. Content, to my way of thinking, isn’t just information. It’s a finely focused message that listeners care about and can use to improve their situations in some way.



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