Since winning the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2001, one of the ways Darren LaCroix has put his talents to work is by founding StageTimeUniversity.com, The Ultimate Online Programs for Presenters. We have asked him to share what he has learned about how delivering a speech online is different from doing it in person. Guests are welcome. See below for instructions on how to RSVP.
His story: In 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told Darren to keep his day job. Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was “crazy” and “stupid.” He didn’t listen.
He may have been born without a funny bone in his body, but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail. These were the essentials for achieving his dream. This self-proclaimed “student of comedy” is living proof that anything can be learned.
Less than nine years later, in 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He did it with a very funny speech. Some say it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.
Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful presentation. His story has roused audiences in faraway places like Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from Chump to Champ. He is passionate about showing people that if you have the right mentors and you are a sponge, anything is possible.
In any industry, standing out to one’s peers carries great meaning. Darren has achieved the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional designation and Toastmasters’ Accredited Speaker designation. He is currently the only speaker in the world who is a CSP, an AS, and a World Champion Speaker.
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David F. Carr, DTM
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Special Educational Presentation featuring Darren LaCroix
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