How Alexandre Matte channelled his Jewish roots to come second in Toastmasters’ global public-speaking contest

Alexandre Matte finished second in Toastmasters' 2022 World Championship of Public Speaking. (Photo by Rachelle Bergeron)

Fifteen years ago, Alexandre Matte was working in finance, running a Francophone cultural centre. He admits he was pretty shy. Then he joined a Toastmasters club in Sudbury and began learning how to speak more confidently in public. He ended up quitting his job to make a living as a professional storyteller and speaking coach for kids and adults.

On top of this career shift, one of his goals has been to win the World Championship of Public Speaking, Toastmasters’ international public-speaking contest. This month, he came as close as he’s ever gotten, finishing second with a story about his grandmother’s “no bake cake” and his family’s traditions.

Matte joins the show from his home in Sudbury to tell us more about his Jewish and Francophone roots—and how he got the idea for his prize-winning speech.

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