After his winning speech “Trust is a Must”, have you wondered about District 7’s 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ryan Avery? Do you know about and have you followed his North America Tour?On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Ryan stopped in Eugene, Oregon and was excited to see some familiar faces at the University of Oregon Lawrence Hall for his How to be a Speaker tour.
With three weeks to recruit volunteers, find a venue, and promote the event, there were almost 100 attendees, including Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike. What resulted can be summed up in what Ryan wrote, “An amazing event.”
Each attendee had a workbook for notes and gleaned details on the formula for engaging the audience during a speech or presentation. Ryan engrossed the audience, encouraged participation, and gave away raffle items.
Attendee, Kati Newcomb, drove 2.5 hours to attend and wrote on Facebook, “It’s all GrayV baby. Love love love seeing friends! Annd learned John Rodke, Ryan Avery, Amber Hullhow to make a great speech. So really, what more could I ask for?”
During the picture and networking after the speaking event, a fire ensued in Lawrence Hall at 9:18 p.m. Ryan and others evacuated the building after hearing the sirens and seeing smoke fill the lobby. By 9:38 p.m. the fire had been extinguished.
by Gladys Boutwell, DTMer