Darren Tay

2016 World Champion of Public Speaking, Advocate & Solicitor

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.), with a specialization in Corporate and Finance in 2015. 

As of 2016, Darren is a licensed Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Singapore. Additionally, Darren is also currently a Lecturer and Tutor for the Public Speaking Module at National University of Singapore (NUS).


As of Aug 2016, at age 27, Darren became the Youngest Asian to win the coveted World Champion of Public Speaking title by beating over 30,000 contenders from 142 countries. Since then, Darren has been travelling non-stop to 4 different continents (India, China, Kuwait, USA, Spain and more to come) for speaking engagements, being sought after by prestigious media outlets (BBC, CNN, Business Insider, INC.com, Arab Times, Channel News Asia etc.) as an expert authority on World-Class Public Speaking.  

However, Darren has long been pro-active in the Public Speaking circuit, excelling in multiple aspects of Effective Communication - Evaluation (4-time Toastmasters District/ National Champion), Impromptu (4-time Toastmasters Table Topic District/ National Champion), Humour and Mandarin International Speech contest. In 2012, Darren became a Best-selling Author of his first book <Express To Impress>.

From the tender age of 14, Darren has been honing his communication expertise through Debate Tournaments (Bilingual - English & Mandarin) and Negotiation (representing Singapore in International Varsity Negotiation Competitions) as well as multiple Legal Moot competitions. 

Even while Darren was still juggling his rigorous Law studies, in 2009, he founded the Public Speaking Academy in Singapore with the aim and passion to share Public Speaking techniques and skills to confidence-seekers. Darren has also been sought after by Multi-National Corporations such as AIA, DBS, HSBC for corporate training and as of 2017, Samsung Singapore has decided to partner with Darren's Public Speaking Academy in lending expert authority in the launch of its #BeFearless Virtual Reality Campaign.

Darren’s core philosophy is to use the right equilibrium of positive reinforcement and powerful strategies to harness and unleash the potential of each student. With the years of training and... teaching experience, Darren has honed and sharpened his ability to identify the unique learning needs of students and deliver his content that is both palatable and exciting for his students.

Darren is committed to deliver impactful, passionate and highly-energised lessons to help students break out of their self-imposed limiting beliefs and develop a sustainable interest for Public Speaking; not just for the sake of excelling their presentations but beyond that in gaining more freedom and confidence in life!

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