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Name: Darren Tay Wen Jie
Designation: Managing Director and Master Trainer,
Public Speaking Academy

Education Profile:
Undergraduate, National University of Singapore
Faculty of Law, Year 3
Dean's Lister Academic Year 2011-2012

Hwa Chong Institution
Oustanding Student Award 2008

Professional Profile:
Author of "Express to Impress"
District 80 Table Topics Speech Champion 2011-2012
People's Association Humorous Speech Challenge Cup Champion 2011
District 80 Evaluation Speech Champion 2009-2010
 
Profile in General

Darren Tay is a prolific Public Speaker and Debater. He started his public speaking and debating skills training at the age of 13 when he was in Secondary 1. Over the years of his secondary and college education, Darren has accumulated multiple trophies from competitions at the School, Community and National level. In 2009, Darren began his toastmasters journey at Punggol Toastmasters Club. He was elected as Club President two months into his membership as a Toastmaster where he managed to bring the club to greater heights by winning numerous speech contest trophies for the club. On top of that, the club was conferred the President's Distinguished Club Status (the highest status accorded to a club each Executive Term). In 2009, Darren became the youngest Toastmasters International District 80 speech champion when he defeated over 2500 participants in Macau, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. He continued to excel in his Public Speaking endeavours when he won the PA Humorous Speech Challenge Cup 2011 (a National Humorous Speech contest that saw some of the best humorists and public speakers representing the various Community Clubs in Singapore). In 2012, Darren won the Toastmasters International District 80 Table Topics (Impromptu speech) Championship held at the Singapore EXPO.

On the academic front, Darren is an outstanding student with sterling results. Graduated from Hwa Chong Institution in 2007, Darren is studying at the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law. His academic achievements reflect well of his academic talent: Darren was conferred the Outstanding Student Award from Hwa Chong Institution and in 2012, he is in the Dean's List of NUS Law School (an award that is conferred only to the Top Students of the cohort in the best Law School in Asia).

In 2009, Darren founded the Public Speaking Academy- a corporate entity that focuses on providing quality training (in effective speech communication) to schools and corporate organisations. Over a short time period of 2 years, Darren has lead the Public Speaking Academy to accumulate a sterling business track record: coached the debating team of Ngee Ann Secondary School to clinch the Singapore Secondary School Debating Championship trophy (C Division); successfully organised the 2010 National Public Speaking Competition and another one in 2012; conducted training workshops for many schools and corporate organisations such as Jurong Junior College, YMCA of Singapore, Toastmasters International, Serangoon Junior College, Serangoon Secondary School; and publishing her first book 'Express to Impress' in 2012.

Inspired by the need to cultivate effective communication habits within youths, Darren strongly believes in a sustainable investment through customized training programmes to isolate specific skills in one’s communication pursuit.

Currently, Darren is in high demand for his customized training programme for public speaking and debating as apparent from the invitation(s) for Darren to speak at various locations to share his speaking success. He believes in empowering the youths with essential communication skills effectively through unique teaching pedagogies best encapsulated in the Mission Statement of Public Speaking Academy: We express to impress effectively.


Accolades and Achievements

Toastmasters International District 80 International Speech Competition:
Division S 1st Runner-up 2011-2012
Area S3 Champion Term 2011-2012
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2011-2012
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2009-2010

Toastmasters International District 80 Table Topics Speech Competition:
District 80 Champion Term 2011-2012
Division S Champion Term 2011-2012
Division S 2nd Runner-up Term 2009-2010
Area S3 Champion Term 2011-2012
Area S3 Champion Term 2009-2010
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2011-2012
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2009-2010

Toastmasters International District 80 Humorous Speech Competition:
Division S 2nd Runner-up Term 2009-2010
Area S3 Champion Term 2009-2010
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2011-2012
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) Term 2009-2010

Toastmasters International District 80 Evaluation Speech Competition:
District 80 Champion Term 2009-2010
Division S Champion Term 2009-2010
Area S3 Champion Term 2011-2012
Area S3 Champion Term 2009-2010
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) 2011-2012
Club Champion (Punggol TMC) 2009-2010

2007 Dorothy Cheung Debating Championships, Champion
2005 National Secondary Schools Debating Championships; Ranked Top 5 Best Speaker in the nation
2005 National Secondary Schools Debating Championships; Top 4 Team
2004 SRJC Debating Championships; Champion and Best Speaker
2004 VJC Debating Championships; Top 4 Team
2003 National TV Presenting Competition; Top TV Presenter
2004 to 2005 YMCA PESA Championships; Best Impromptu Speaker and Best Speaker in the North Cluster; Finalists

President of Punggol Toastmasters Club 2009-2010
Area S3 Governor 2010-2011
Toastmasters International District 80 Evaluation Speech Champion 2009-2012
Toastmasters International District 80 Table Topics Speech Champion 2011-2012
People's Association Humorous Speech Challenge Cup Champion 2011

Coaching and Teaching Experience

2011 Head Coach to Meridian Junior College (Semi-finalists, NUS Debate Challenge Shield)
2011 Head Coach to Ngee Ann Secondary School Debating Team (Grand Champion in the C Division)
2008 to 2011 Public Speaking Coach to YMCA of Singapore; Y Confidence, YFC Programmes

2009 to 2011 SRJC JC 1 Workshop (Project Work- Oral Preentation)
2010 JJC CCA Leaders Public Speaking Workshop
2009 to 2012 Citibank-YMCA Youth-for-Causes Business Presentation and Effective Communication Workshops
2010 Citibank-YMCA Youth-for-Causes Workshop/ Roadshows
• Nanyang Girls' High School
• Maris Stella High School
• Raffles Girls' School
• Hwa Chong Institution
• Nanyang Junior College

Master-of-Ceremony Experience with YMCA of Singapore

2012 YMCA Regional Youth Conference- NUS University Town
2012 YMCA YFC Official Launch
2010 YMCA YFC Awards Ceremony
2009 YMCA YFC Awards Ceremony
2009 YMCA YFC Official Launch
2009 YMCA YFC Mentors Appreciation Dinner
2009, 2011 University of Strathclyde- YMCA MBA Graduation Ceremony
2009 YMCA Volunteers Management System (VMS) Launch
2008 YMCA YFC Awards Ceremony
2008 YMCA YFC Official Launch
2008 PESA Awards Ceremony
2007 YMCA YFC Awards Ceremony
2007 YMCA YFC Official Launch
2007 YMCA Y-Camp Tan Chin Tuan Foundation Signing Ceremony
2007 PESA Awards Ceremony
2006 YMCA YFC Awards Ceremony
2006 YMCA YFC Official Launch
2006 YMCA PESA Awards Ceremony
 

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