Christine Clapp knows what it’s like to dread public speaking. In fact, as a college freshman, she opted to participate in two debate tournaments rather than suffer through a semester-long course in public speaking to fulfill a requirement for her major. During her first debate — a humiliating defeat to a top team in the region — she realized that she needed to be as articulate and confident as her debate opponents to excel academically and professionally. That’s when she dedicated herself to becoming a great speaker and empowering others with communication skills.
Christine earned two degrees in communication: a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, where she debated at the national and international levels, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2001, she has taught public speaking to undergraduates and currently is a lecturer at The George Washington University.
Christine also served as a communications aide for five years on Capitol Hill. An active member of the U.S. Senate chapter of Toastmasters International, she received the organization’s highest distinction, Distinguished Toastmaster, in 2008, won a regional speech evaluation contest in 2007 and is a regular contributor to Toastmaster Magazine.
|“Christine is a very personable, talented, and effective presentation leader. She connects well to an audience, is very professional, focused and accomplished.” Carl Evensen, Director of Special Projects for the Comptroller’s Office at The George Washington University|