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Director of the College of Public Speaking, Michael Ronayne, returned to the competitive stage at the ASC's (Association of Speakers Clubs) National Speech Contests in Castle Donington on April 26th and walked away crowned National Topics Champion at the head of a highly accomplished field of UK speakers.
Having delivered a very thorough and well received seminar on the Use of Voice to the National Conference delegates in the afternoon, Michael went on to 'walk his talk' in the evening contest by really showing the conference how it was done. In recent years Michael has twice won the title of National Speech Champion, but this time he excelled in a competition where the contestants have to speak on a given subject without receiving any prior preparation.
As an 9 times National Finalist and now 4 time UK Public Speaking Champion with a background as a professional musician, Michael Ronayne has developed a profound understanding of the different aspects of speaking and public performance.
An English Literature degree at York University coupled with 4 years' studying music at the 'Franz Liszt' Academy in Weimar (East Germany) gave Michael the foundation for his unique insights into both the technical and psychological aspects of communication.
He has written and presented communication training seminars for many major UK organisations and has spoken in front of groups of people ranging from a dozen to over 2,000.
Michael spends part of his time as a trainer and mentor for newly qualifying Public Speaking trainers at the Speakers Trust.
Michael’s expertise in the field of training, coaching and mentoring has also meant that he was involved from the outset firstly in the development and then overseeing the delivery of Pearson Edexcel’s BTEC Professional Award programme in ‘Training the Trainer’.
His natural ability to communicate and relate has led to great success both in Sales and in Coaching.
Michael is also an author of many speaking articles found on this web site and on the internet.