Who is Darren LaCroix?
A Real-Life Underdog Story Filled with Humor and Hope
After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him to keep his day job. Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn't listen.
He may have been born without a funny bone in his body, but Darren possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail. These were the essentials for achieving his dream. This self-proclaimed student of comedy is living proof that anything can be learned.
Fewer than nine years later, in 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He did it with a very funny speech. Some said it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.
Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world, demystifying the process of creating a powerful presentation. His story has roused audiences in faraway places like Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from Chump to Champ. He is passionate about showing people that if you are a sponge and have the right mentors, anything is possible.
Darren is currently the only speaker in the world who is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), an AS (Accredited Speaker), and a World Champion of Public Speaking. Darren always stresses, “Don’t go for the designations to get letters after your name; do it for the professional you will become in the process.”
Through his live workshops and online programs, Darren works with presenters eager to learn what it takes to connect deeply with their audiences. He is the founder of StageTimeUniversity.com, the ultimate online programs for presenters.
"What I found especially impressive was that the humor was so particular to our situation. It was obvious Darren had done his homework. He was such a hit with our audience - one not easily pleased - that I'm sure he will be invited back soon."
-MICHAEL SOLONDZ, PRESIDENT NEW JERSEY BUILDER ASSOCIATION
"WOW, are you a quick study! We didn't give you much time to familiarize yourself with the group and in no time you found the pulse. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any other real estate audience, or ANY group for that matter. You made me look good."
-NELSON ZIDE, CRB, CRS, LTG, SRES - OWNER ERA KEY REALTY SERVICES
"The video of your performance was humorous, but in person you were hysterical! Our membership is still talking about your final 'skit.' The homework you did was evident by intertwining our industry specifics in your presentation. We highly recommend you!"
APRIL MASON - PRESIDENT, NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DEALERS ASSOCIATION
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