2018 Semi-Finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking

Houston resident, Ramona Smith, is semifinalist in the world’s largest speech contest.
Houston resident, Ramona Smith, is semifinalist in the world’s largest speech contest.

Houston, TX; May 12, 2018 — Ramona Smith, of Houston, TX, out-shined more than 80 local contestants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Smith advances to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Saturday, Aug. 25 in Chicago, Ill.

Smith, a member of Cy-Fair Super Speakers Club, in Houston, TX, surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with her speech, “Not Good Enough.” The speech touched on the themes of self-value, self-worth, and self-esteem in relationships. When it comes to connecting with an audience, she said, “Be genuine.  The audience can identify with my transparency. I just give them my transparent self.”

Smith will compete with 105 other winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2018 semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures, and style.

“Toastmasters speech contests build up your self-confidence, grow you as speaker, and help you mature after victories and defeats, says Smith. “Looking forward to experiencing the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking as a contestant! The excitement is at the level of the Olympics or the NBA Finals.” She attended as a spectator and supporter in 2015.  Smith is a school teacher for Aldine Independent School District.  She is a proud mother of a six-year-old son, an author, a blogger, and a world traveler. “I dream of being an internationally known motivational speaker.  Toastmasters is my first step toward a lifelong journey,” says Smith.  She joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 141 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization’s International Convention.

To interview Ramona, learn more about the contest or Toastmasters club membership, contact[email protected]. Follow @Toastmasters  International on Twitter to track Smith’s progress.


About District 56

District 56 is one of 106 districts, which comprises more than 182 corporate and community clubs in southeast Texas, Region 5. To learn more about District 56, please visit: http://tmd56.org/  


About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.