Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is a speaker, corporate trainer, public speaking coach, and human resources development consultant from Sri Lanka. He is the CEO of Standard & Stellar Consulting, a highly specialized Human Resource Development (HRD) and Communications consulting firm. Dananjaya was awarded the World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 by Toastmasters International.
His journey to become World Champion of Public Speaking 2014
Dananjaya started in 2005. It took him 10 years to reach the top. He identifies three key highlights in his journey: 1. He met people who encouraged him to compete. 2. He went to an international convention the first time (2006). 3. He evolved as a speaker, from sharp and forceful at first to a more empathetic and conversational style.
His winning speech “I See something”
The technique Dananjaya mastered at the time of his winning speech “I See Something”
The conversational style of speaking was the technique Dananjaya mastered when he became a world champion. He wanted to bring public speaking back to speaking.
How to become a champion. It’s all about the journey
Dananjaya’s ultimate piece of advice is: Take your time. Don’t think of having overnight success. Instead, it has to be a journey. If you want to be a champion in public speaking, commit to understanding the art and science of communication and public speaking.
Related: Become the Speaker You Want to Be
“Bleed in practice so that you don’t have to die in battle.” — Ancient saying
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Routine to Shine
Speak to kids (school children). Before a keynote or champion speech, go and rehearse first in front of children. We all have an inner child. Great speakers always talk to the inner child in you, not to the adult.
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