The Toastmasters International Speech Contest draws the interest of thousands each year, and in this second episode of a three-part podcast series, Darren, Mark, and guest coach Mike Davis review the virtual presentation of 2022 First Runner-Up Alexandre Matte. They identify his many strengths and make suggestions that will help any presenter to be unforgettable.


  • Answer the question in the audience’s minds early
  • Establish characters by their location in your speaking area
  • Portray characters using voice and mannerisms
  • Be naturally conversational
  • Use camera proximity to maximize microexpressions
  • Genuine emotion resonates with your audience
  • An accent can be an asset
  • When speaking online, use camera proximity that serves your audience best
  • Props are powerful when used effectively