About Professor Duane W. Smith
2012, National Gold Medal Public Speaking Team
I’m public speaking professor Duane Smith. I have spent well over 10,000 hours serving groups and individuals in both the corporate and academic world develop or improve their public speaking skills.
I am a tenured public speaking professor at Los Angeles Valley College, where I also serve as the director of the public speaking team (2008, and 2009 national public speaking champions). I have had the privilege of having my work and service as a public speaking professor and public speaking coach with the Los Angeles Valley College public speaking team commended by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, legislative members, members of the senate and congress, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Above is a photo from the 2012, Steve Allen Award for Excellence in Education ceremony. Our team has had the privilege of being honored by the Economic Alliance for team gold medals at nationals (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012), and individual student gold medals (2008-2012). Holding gold medals from right to left: Albert and Gregory Pugliese, John Henry Evans IV, Spencer Belko, Duane Smith, Kathy Martinez. To the left of Kathy is Dr. Susan Carleo (President of Los Angeles Valley College), to the right of Kathy is Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly (President of Pierce College), and Steve Allen’s (creator of The Tonight Show) son of Bill Allen.
With years of experience and a track record of proven success, I can help you develop or improve your public speaking skills.