In this episode I have the honor to speak with Aaron Beverly. Aaron is the 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking and was the 2016 First Runner-Up. Aaron is an amazing speaker that you can see by watching some of his speeches on YouTube. I have provided links to two of them below. In this interview you will learn about Aaron’s speaking journey, what makes him such an outstanding speaker and what tips he has to offer so we can improve our public speaking skills.
Before you watch the video of the interview, I suggest you watch two of his speeches so you get an idea of what an outstanding speaker Aaron is and also get more out of the interview.
Aaron Beverly's 2019 Winning Speech:
Aaron Beverly's 2016 First Runner-Up Speech:
Below I have the time stamps on some of the things we discuss. I hope you enjoy the video and get a lot out of it and hopefully it will motivate you to improve your public speaking skills.
2:15 --- Introduction and speaking journey
6:30 --- Toastmasters speaking contest
10:40 --- Why enter the Toastmasters competition after finishing first runner-up in 2016?
13:48 --- Are the speeches same or different during the competition?
14:42 --- What could you have done better with your runner-up speech in 2016?
17:06 --- What was your speech preparation like for the speech that made you the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking?
20:10 --- Number of hours spent on the winning speech
21:36 --- Are you getting any requests from Indian grooms to protect your shoes during a wedding?
23:25--- What is the difference between giving a contest speech vs. giving a speech in the corporate environment?
25:33 --- Are stories important to tell when giving a speech in the corporate environment?
27:25 --- What drives you crazy about people’s speeches in the corporate environment?
28:45 --- What kind of reactions have you received where you work after you won the 2019 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking? Are they asking your advice on making their speeches better?
30:50 --- How are you planning your success to the next level?
31:30 --- What speakers have influenced you the most?
33:10 --- Using humor in a speech
37:50 --- Voice and acting lessons
42:50 --- How to give a speech that you have not prepared for---the ones where you have to think on your feet---especially those you have to give in the corporate environment?
48:22 --- Good book on public speaking
49:34 --- Simple tip to get started in becoming an effective speaker
Quick and Easy Way of Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
Blog Post from the Interview
Five Questions for Aaron Beverly, 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking
Here are five shortcuts from this interview:
Shortcut 1: How to prepare when you have to give a high-stakes speech?
Shortcut 2: How is a Toastmasters contest speech different from a typical corporate speech?
Shortcut 3: How do you tell a story in a corporate environment?
Shortcut 4: Who has most influenced your speaking style?
Shortcut 5: What is the one tip that can improve one’s speaking skills?
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Jay Oza is a writer, speaker, executive coach. He makes people thrive on high stakes stage whether it's for a job interview, a sales presentation or an important speech. He is the author of the book Winning Speech Moments: How to Achieve Your Objective with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere. Please download the speech checklist to help you with your next high stakes speech.
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