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Compete live on stage  in Toronto, Canada in front of 200 people and 4 industry judges for a prize package worth up to $10,000 in value including $2000 cash!

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What is Speaker Slam®?

We are a Speaker Development Agency that helps cultivate the next generation of Thought Leaders. We are best known for creating North America's Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition, where you share your life story in order to inspire your community to take action.

Our competition features 10 competitors going head to head and heart to heart, to deliver an inspirational speech around a theme with a chance of winning prizes valued up to $10,000.

Our speakers have gone on to get paid speaking gigs, TEDx talks, book deals, press, documentaries, virality, create movements and events plus so much more!

Who Competes at Speaker Slam?

The beautiful thing about Speaker Slam is that the story is the great equalizer. We have had professional speakers, and first time speakers going head to head. We’ve had toastmasters, corporate speakers, entrepreneurs, and professionals as well as students and housewives, all throwing their hat in and tackling the theme of the month. The one thing all of our speakers have in common is that they are heart centred and looking to make impact with their voice.

Meet Dan Shaikh and Rina Rovinelli - Who Are We?

Hi, we are Dan and Rina, the co-founders of Speaker Slam. We met 9 years ago at a local speaking group. We became instant friends with a shared passion for personal development, jerk chicken and taking centre stage!

The truth is, we laughed louder than anyone else in the room and we wanted to hang out and dream big. We wanted to create something MAGICAL that would shake the world up and really make an Impact.

We created Speaker Slam so that we could provide a platform for people to share vulnerably and be seen and heard. We watched as our speakers had healing and cathartic experiences.

We saw their speeches explode and get massive views and make a difference to so many people! We saw them leveraging their success to build movements and momentum.

We created the Emerging Speakers training program so that we could help speakers everywhere get clear on their message and create viral worthy speeches. And now, we’ve taken this competition online and made it possible for speakers throughout North America to compete through our Online Competition. 

We are excited to be a part of your journey. Join us and our incredibly supportive, heart-centred community. It’s time for YOU to shine!

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Compete on Stage!

Speaker Slam is returning to live events on a regular basis in 2023. Our competitions will take place live in Toronto.

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Contest Details

  • 10 Speakers​
  • $2000 Cash Prize
  • 5 minute original prepared speech on theme
  • Best speech will win as evaluated by 4 judges in the industry

 Criteria to Compete

  • Provide a headshot and fill out branding form after being accepted
  • Compliance to the timing and format of the event
  • Good to above average speaking skills
  • Entry fee (only if you're accepted)


  • No Music
  • Props are allowed
  • Timing: Anything MORE than 5.31 minutes will lose points. For every 3 seconds over you lose 1 point.



6 Reasons to Compete

Tackle our monthly themes.  Dig deep with your message and craft a powerful speech.  Have a healing and cathartic experience. Stand in your truth and be seen and heard!

The thrill of the competition!  Challenge yourself to be the best and to continually get better! Feel the adrenaline and revel in the glory of making it into our Top 10! 

Have a credible panel of judges evaluate your speech. Win a prize package valued up to $10,000 which can include courses, mentorship, coaching and more.  These prizes will be invaluable in helping you along in your speaking journey.

Move on to the Grand Slam in November, when the best speakers of the year return. This is your opportunity to potentially become the Inspirational Speaker of the Year and win a prize package valued up to $50,000+

Compete at Speaker Slam and craft a speech that align with your brand and show the world who you really are. Connect with your community and clients through your speaking.

Use your speech as the foundation of a TEDx, include it in a video reel, create a workshop based on your content and add it to your website. Your success can garner press and paid speaking opportunities.

What People Keep Saying

What are you waiting for?

Speak your truth, share your voice and make impact!

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