Last week we spoke with our Champion Olivia Schofield in Berlin. She is in last minute preparations for her
speaking-tour through the United States. She promised to keep Toastmasters Podcast Europe posted on
her voyage and she will send videos as she progresses. Thanks Olivia! Lots of success for your trip!!
For our readers wanting to know more about her:
Olivia Schofield is a Londoner, living in Berlin. She studied dance and choreography at The London School of Contemporary Dance, and voice and stage at Arts Educational. Olivia however, had a speech impediment, which
hindered her stage career.
She retrained, and armed with a first-class honours degree in Communication and Linguistics, joined the BBC,
behind the camera. Olivia went on to work for some of the great broadcasters in a variety of organisational and
business roles, ITN, Granada Television, British Pathe and Ikono TV. In her role as Business Development
Manager at ITN Source, one of the large archive houses, Olivia looked after Key accounts including ZDF.
WDR and NDR. Still 20 years after giving up dance, her anxiety for speaking had not lessened her passion for performing.
In 2010 a friend introduced Olivia to Toastmasters. The nurturing environment immediately appealed to her;
a nurturing environment that would unlock her voice.
18 months after joining Toastmasters, Olivia went on to place first at the District level in the international
speech competition. She competed in The World Championship of Public Speaking in Las Vegas in 2011 and
out of 35,000 contestants; she placed as the top women and the first District 59er ever to reach the finals.
Olivia says “giving a speech is just like creating a piece of choreography: it should have unexpected twists and
turns that leave the audience inspired.” “It took me 25 years to find my voice and another 25 to realise I had
something to say!”