Darren Tay Wen Jie
Founder and Master Trainer,
Public Speaking Academy

Education Profile:
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law
Dean’s Lister Academic Year 2011-2012

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Specialized in Corp & Finance. National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law

Hwa Chong Institution
Outstanding Student Award 2008

Professional Profile:
Best-selling Author of “Express to Impress”

Trained over 100,000 students and working professionals from Corporate Organisations such as HSBC Singapore and InterTrust Singapore. Speaker at multiple Conventions and Careers Fair such as JobCentral Careers Fair 2014.

Rep Singapore in the International Negotiation Competition 2014 held in South Korea
Outstanding Model Parliamentarian, Singapore Model Parliament 2013 and 2014
People’s Association Humorous Speech Challenge Cup Champion 2011
District 80 Evaluation Speech Champion 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
District 80 Table Topics Champion 2012, 2015
District 80 Mandarin International Speech Champion 2015

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Darren received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons) from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law in 2014 and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2015. Darren is a prolific public speaker, debater and professional trainer. He founded the Public Speaking Academy in 2009 and has led the Academy to scale great heights in the school and corporate domains; including the successful organisation of the annual National Public Speaking Competition since 2010.

As an award-winning competitor, Darren has represented Singapore in International competitions, notably the International Negotiations Competition 2014 which saw top legal negotiators from numerous countries such as the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Russia among many others. At the national and regional level, Darren has also clinched numerous accolades and achievements. In 2011, Darren was the champion of the People’s Association Humorous Speech Challenge Cup (a national humorous speech competition organised by the People’s Association which saw competitors representing their respective communities in Singapore). In 2009, 2012 and 2014, Darren won the Toastmasters International District 80 Speech Championships (in Evaluation and Table Topics) and stands as the youngest District Champion with three wins in Singapore. Above and beyond the recent competitions, Darren has also won several national and inter-zonal public speaking and debating championships during his Secondary School and Junior College days.

It is his background as an public speaking and debating contestant that motivated Darren to pursue professional training to help others to acquire effective communication skills. Till date, Darren has spoken and trained more than 100,000 students and working professionals (including private training for CEOs, Senior Management staff and Executives) on effective communication skills useful in the classroom and the boardroom. Darren also published his best-selling public speaking guidebook “Express to Impress” in 2012 and looks forward to subsequent publications in the future.

Given his accolades, achievements and professional training experiences, Darren has been invited to produce articles on print publications to offer his insights and expert opinions on effective communication skills such as Her World magazine, Toastmasters International District 80 Division journals and newsletters among others as well as online media and forums. Darren has also been invited to appear on Mediacorp 938LIVE with host Mr Kevin de Souza and Daniel Martin to share his effective communication skills and tips with the audience. In addition, Darren has been invited as guest speaker to speak at both the Career and Education Fair 2014 and JobsCentral Career and Education Fair 2014 held at Suntec City Convention Centre on effective communication skills and application to the 21st Century workplace. It is with his exposure on the National and International training arena that Darren has been invited as the Guest-of-Honour to Xinmin Secondary School, for the Student Leaders’ Investiture 2013 as well as to sit on adjudication panels to adjudicate National Public Speaking Competitions and Debating Competitions for both the Secondary school and Tertiary Education categories.

ACCOLADES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

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
Toastmasters International District 80 Evaluation Speech Champion 2013-2014
People’s Association Humorous Speech Challenge Cup Champion 2011
Outstanding Model Parliamentarian, Singapore Model Parliament 2013
Outstanding Model Parliamentarian, Singapore Model Parliament 2014
Represented Singapore, International Negotiation Competition 2014 (Top 10)

Debate Team Captain (Secondary School)
2007 Dorothy Cheung Debating Championships, Champion
2006 ACJC Debating Championships, Champion
2006 NTU Debating Team Championships, Best Speaker (Prelim Rds)
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

Hwa Chong Institution Interact Club
2006-2007 MCYC Director

COACHING AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2006 Coach to Xinmin Secondary School Debating Team
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 C Division)
2008 to 2011 Public Speaking Coach to YMCA of Singapore Selected Programmes under the Programmes Department; Y Confidence, Youth-For-Causes Programmes
2011 to 2014 Coach to CEOs, Senior Management Staff and Executives for Private Individual training sessions
2013 to 2014 Public Speaking Coach and Trainer to HTS Management Staff and Executive Staff

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 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

Best-selling Book (Publication)

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Title: Express to Impress

Author: Darren Tay Wen Jie

© 2012 Copyright Darren Tay

(Available now at Popular bookstores, Kinokuniya, MPH, Times, NUS Co-op, The Big Bookshop)

ISBN: 978-981-07-2996-7

Synopsis of 'Express to Impress'

“Express to Impress” is a book for all levels of Public Speaking competency: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and gung-ho contestants. The book encapsulates key techniques to achieve Public Speaking Success across a broad spectrum of speech genres: prepared, impromptu, evaluation, specialty, and humorous speeches. It also highlights the secrets to improve your language skills and non-verbal communication skills exponentially. The effective concoction of wisdom by World Champions in Public Speaking as well as insights by leading professionals in the field of communication training serve as an ideal blend to transform speakers for the better. Be amazed at how you can unleash your true potential and be able to enthrall, entertain and engage any audience. Let us all Express to Impress!