And the 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking is…

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“A promise is only as good as the person who makes it!”   ~ Ryan Avery

Ryan Avery, a young man from Humble Texas, just orated his way to the title 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking. Mr. Avery is a toastmaster from District 7 Portland Oregon. “Avery” as he is called by friends joined Toastmasters in January 2011. Send him your congratulations via his Facebook Page or Twitter Account. His winning speech is entitled “Trust is a Must” and he says he joined Toastmasters to reduce his filler words particularly “like” and to develop skills which would help advance his career. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds two degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Journalism. Ryan credits his father with encouraging him to become a toastmaster and says his father supported this thrust by paying his first dues – an investment which has yielded high returns today. Ryan’s wife, Chelsea, provided updates via social media as he prepared backstage to deliver his masterpiece. Well Done Team Avery!!!

In second place was Palaniappa Subramaniam of District 51 Malaysia. Palaniappa’s speech is titled “Finding the Right Shoes” speaks about envy & appreciating your own circumstances.

Stuart Pink of District 31, Rhode Island placed third. Stuart’s speech entitled  “Brain Lifting”  explores working out your mind.

The contest kicked off with a field of nine semifinalists. Today’s activities continue with the Annual Business Meeting and the President’s Dinner Dance later on. Look out for our final recap later this evening.

Dynamic Speakers Humorous Speech & Evaluation contest takes place this afternoon – NALIS Port of Spain from 4:59 P.M. in the 2nd Floor Seminar Room.

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