(GYSS #35): Ryan Avery – World Champion of Public Speaking
About This Episode
Click To Tweet: “Confidence creates competence.”
Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking at age 25. He competed among 30,000 other contestants across the world! He’s also a local here in Oregon and helping keep Portland weird.
I wanted to get Ryan on the show because public speaking is one of the important skills we can utilize as millennials. Ryan and I discuss his journey in becoming World Champion of Public Speaking, the art of communication and crafting great presentations.
Ways You Can Listen To This Episode
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- What we have in life and our successes are directly related to our public speaking abilities
- People buy with emotion and justify intellectually…stories help you engage with people on an emotional level
- There are six basic emotions you want your audience to experience
- Always start with story, the worst way to start a presentation is with “hello! I can’t hear you!”
- Teach something right away to capture your audience’s attention
- Ryan discusses energy and how to use different levels of energy during your presentation to engage with your audience
- Use local references in your presentations to make them more personable
- Humor is absolutely vital in public speaking because it builds likeability!
- Use the humor test:
- Can I say it in front of 2 generations and they’ll get it?
- Can I say it in front of 2 cultures and they’ll understand it?
- Can I say it in front of my grandma and will it be appropriate?
- Speakers use humor by telling stories, not jokes…share your failures
- PAR (Problem, Action, Result) – use this system for making your slides
- 30:20:10 (30 minute presentation: 20 slides: 10 words or less on each slide)
- Stop saying “just” and “only” to sound more confident