Speaker, Leader, Champion


Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions 1st Edition

by Jeremey Donovan (Author),‎ Ryan Avery (Author)

The secrets of superb public speaking―based on the best of the best of Toastmasters

Toastmasters, a name synonymous with public speaking, is dedicated to developing its members’ communication and leadership skills.

Now Distinguished Toastmaster Jeremey Donovan and Public Speaking World Champion Ryan Avery break down the winning speeches from Toastmasters’ prestigious annual competition―providing you with tips and techniques guaranteed to improve your speaking, presentation, and communication skills. They also include a special section of insights and advice for readers who aspire to become serious public speaking competitors.

Speaker, Leader, Champion demystifies what makes a presentation extraordinary. This engaging, actionable book will teach you how to go from appreciating a powerful speech to delivering one yourself.”
―Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

“Whether you present in the boardroom, classroom, or lunchroom, the guidance will help you become a more confident, authentic, and engaging speaker.”
―Matt Abrahams, strategic communication lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and author of Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

“To change the world, you need to lead. To lead, you need to communicate. To communicate, you need this book.”
―Presiyan Vasilev, 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking

“This book translates the secret sauce of public speaking into easy-to-use tips.”
―Zoe Chance, assistant professor of marketing at the Yale University School of Management

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jeremey Donovan is a Distinguished Toastmaster and TEDx organizer. He is the bestselling author of How to Deliver a TED Talk.
Ryan Avery is the 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking and an Emmy Award–winning journalist.

Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071831045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071831048
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


Public speaking beautifully simplified

December 28, 2015

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

I’m not a member of Toastmasters, but I found this book very helpful for improving my public speaking at work. Additionally, I can imagine it being an even more incredible resource for anyone looking to compete in public speaking. The book takes nine world-championship-winning speeches and distills their key qualities into a list of simple tips. Just having this book’s compilation of funny and inspiring speeches would be enough, but also having Donovan and Avery’s insights on how to create your own outstanding speeches makes it a real winner. Donovan and Avery make several references to great speeches by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., but the one thing that could make this book even better would be for them to dissect famous, non-Toastmaster speeches in their characteristic style.

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