A Portland man's way with words helped him beat out some serious competition and become the top Toastmaster.
Ryan Avery, 25, won the 2012 World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday in Orlando, FL. He is the youngest winner of the award in the history of the competition.
In his winning seven-minute speech, Avery spoke before 1,500 people about the importance of keeping promises. He beat out seven other finalists in a field that started with 30,000 competitors from 116 countries.
Avery says he practiced every day and that he looks to Olympic athlete Michael Phelps for inspiration. He also says he has several mentors and that his wife is a big source of support.
"Don't just give a speech, find a message that matters to you and deliver it with passion," he says.
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