The top finishers in this year’s Toastmasters global competition offer takeaways for all speakers.
With some 30,000 people delivering five- to seven-minute speeches, the competition is fierce.
In “An Unbelievable Story,” first-place winner Aaron Beverly gracefully combines humor and seriousness, commands the stage and delivers the speech fluidly and energetically.
I also like the effort of the third-place finisher, Kwong Yue Yang, and his “Less and More.” Luisa Montalvo’s second-place speech is a delightful plea for tolerance and looking beyond clichés and first impressions.
What can speakers in general learn from this annual rite, particularly from Beverly’s speech?
Here are five takeaways: