Oct. 24 Workshop: 2nd Place World Championship Winner Alexandre Matte on Being a Virtual Participant in a Hybrid Contest

For our upcoming workshop on “How to do hybrid right,” we will be joined by Alexandre Matte, who finished second in the World Championship of Public Speaking as a virtual competitor against others who were in person at the Toastmasters International Convention in Nashville.

If you haven’t seen his speech, we’ve embedded it here. along with some commentary.

The focus of the workshop is on moving meetings and events, including contests, to a hybrid format that mixes online and in-person participation. Doing it well can be technically and organizationally challenging, but Toastmasters International pulled it off for its workshops and other events, as well as the World Championship semifinals and finals. But competing in this format presented novel challenges for the speakers, both in person and online.

Alexandre will present:

“Think Inside the Box – how to reach your audience online, even when you don’t see them!”

Alexandre Matte is one of those rare storytellers that can transport you to the time and the place he is describing.

After joining Toastmasters in 2007, Alexandre went from fearing the stage to loving it. He now gives back to the organisation and to its members by offering participative training sessions to clubs, divisions, and districts.

Multiple times decorated at the International Speech Contest, Alexandre finished 2nd place in the World Championship of Public Speaking this year.

Recipient of the Storytellers of Canada Emerging Storyteller Award in 2018, Alexandre offers coaching to speakers, particularly for speech contests, but also to politicians and other professionals. He is in demand for emceeing events and training to local organisations, and you may see him occasionally as an actor on stage or television.

After 15 years managing finances of cultural organisations, most recently as Director of Finance of the oldest cultural centre in French Ontario, he transitioned from counting to speaking.

Specialising in storytelling for young audiences, Alexandre visits elementary schools all over Canada to help children discover the art of storytelling.

At home, Alexandre practices the art of storytelling with his most difficult audience, his three daughters, aged two to nine.