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Rising above 30,000 participants,
25-year-old Ryan Avery is youngest ever to win world's largest speech
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --With a speech
titled "Trust is a Must," Ryan Avery, a Toastmaster from Portland, Oregon,
won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking . At age 25, he
is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in the history of the
contest. Along with eight other finalists, Avery reached the championship
finals after several eliminating rounds that began six months ago with
30,000 participants from 116 countries.
In a seven-minute speech about the importance of keeping one's promises,
Avery won the judges' vote and audience's heart. "A promise is only as good
as the person who gives it," he said, sharing lessons learned the hard way.
His humorous yet poignant speech resonated with an international audience of
nearly 1,500 who attended the contest during the Toastmasters International
Convention in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 15-18.
"It took lots of practice to get to this point!" says Avery. "In my bedroom
I have a sign that says, 'What would Michael Phelps do?' If he could get up
early to practice every day, so could I. I also have lots of mentors, and my
wife was incredibly supportive. The process has helped me grow as a person
and realize that Toastmasters is an amazingly supportive organization."
A member of the Portland Toastmasters club, Avery joined Toastmasters a year
and half ago to improve his chances of promotion at his job with the
Special Olympics. Three weeks ago, he received that promotion, becoming its
Director of Communications and Marketing.
Avery competed in many Toastmasters speech contests before reaching his goal
of earning the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. His advice to
others: "Don't just give a speech, find a message that matters to you and
deliver it with passion."
Speakers delivered five- to seven-minute speeches on wide-ranging topics,
and were judged on content, organization and delivery.
Second- and third-place winners in the Toastmasters World Championship of
Public Speaking were Palaniappa Subramaniam of Penang, Malaysia, with his
speech, "Finding the Right Shoes," and Stuart Pink of Attleboro,
Massachusetts, with his speech "Brain Lifting.
World champion of public speaking 2012
Speeches and Highlights:( Videos)
Ryan Avery of Portland,
Oregon (2012 World Champion of Public Speaking) ( 1st Pl.lace)
Subramaniam of Penang, Malaysia (runner up)
Stuart Pink of Attleboro, Massachusetts (3rd
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