World Champion Event

Area Governor Donald Knowles has sent us this update on a workshop hosted by the University of Waterloo Toastmasters on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the JG Hagey of the Humanities Theatre featuring Ryan Avery, the youngest world champion of public speaking in history!

Here’s Donald’s report:

The event was a bit late starting, which is unusual for Toastmasters.  The explanation was entirely reasonable.ryanavery01

The Waterloo University club put together the venue, however, the Chair for the evening was writing an exam until 18:30 so we waited until she arrived.

Waterloo allows its premises to be used for events but requires that Waterloo students be in a learning capacity for the events being run.  Given the gorgeous lecture theatre this was a requirement easily accommodated.

Ryan Avery was easily worth waiting for.  It was a very relaxed but exceedingly rewarding 2 hours.

The information presented was a small subsection of a 3 day presentation.

1)      He started with the 7 items for an audience ready speech.

2)      Watched two videos; Trust Is A Must – the 2012 winning speech and Push Past It, Speech #2 at the finals.

3)      Three things to know; make it simple, make it impactful, and make it audience relatable.

I have six pages of notes that I took so I will be relaying the information a little bit each week as I digest the material and paraphrase it for everyone’s benefit.

The delivery summary is as follows;

1)      Spoke with certitude and passion

2)      Spoke with flamboyance a la Rick Mercer.

3)      Wife in audience taking notes and advising on corrections.  Fabulous TEAM.  Ryan acknowledged the Team and talked about his supportive partner many times.

4)      Incredibly personable, and fun.  The self-deprecating humour was handled well.

Next: The eight-month journey from “I can do that” to winning it all.

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