Amjad Chaudry

I'm a public speaking trainer, and a leadership development coach.

I specialise in teaching people to find their authentic voice.

I do this for individuals, and group trainings for organisations.

2.How would you describe yourself

Helpful, in finding the essence of a complex problem, to make it appear simple.

Friends and clients say I have the ability to help them feel calm.

3.What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?

Having been invited to judge past heats, which I enjoyed, I would like to continue with the experience.

The events have a great atmosphere to which I would like to contribute.

4.What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?

Most of us start by being scared.

Learn from others who have already attained a level of mastery.

Be true to yourself, use personal stories, it is inside you already, it just needs taming.

5.What's the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?

The most resonant message comes from your authentic story.

6.What do you love most about public speaking?

The opportunity to entertain, inspire, inform and educate masterfully, all at the same time.

I most enjoy teaching people and passing on knowledge.

7.What are you hoping to see from the contestants?

Heartfelt conviction, something original, and a unique perspective.

Looking for those moments when you can feel the room moved to silence.

8.What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?

Two fold: my chairmanship of a Speakers' Club, and my coaching business teaching people to find their authentic voice.