Aaron Beverly leave a lasting memory using as few words as possible and strive with every fiber of your being to avoid being the type of person who rambles on and on but no end in sight more likely than not causing more listeners to sit and think to themselves oh my goodness can somebody please make this talk leave a lasting memory using as few words as possible and strive with five every fiber of your being to avoid being the type of person who rambles on and on with no end in sight more likely than not causing more listeners to sit and think to themselves oh my goodness can somebody please make this stop Erin Beverly be honest you enjoyed that didn't you now please do me a favor recite that entire title off the top of your head right now go not all at once wait a minute do you mean to tell me that you cannot remember all 57 of the words in that title neither can i but do you know what that proves just because you say more doesn't mean people will remember what you say thank you contest chair Toastmasters and guests outside of a Toastmasters club I actually do not talk a lot I've always been called a quiet person in fact if you went back in time to my college and told the other students that one day Erin Beverly will speak in front of over a thousand people at a Toastmasters convention they will see wow that's amazing erican talk and ever since I was a kid people have always told me Erin you need to say more Erin you need to speak up more Erin people won't remember what you say unless you say more and I remember thinking to myself is that true is it bad to be a quiet person are we truly judged by how much we say or is it what we say that counts I remember a former colleague of mine from work his name was Austin the year was 2013 early in the morning me and Austin were standing at a bus stop waiting for the bus that takes us to work now the bus driver she was about 35 to 40 years old every day her bus would pull up she would open the bus doors and she would greet every passenger in the nicest way possible like this she was actually the meanest person I have ever met in my life do you know what the passengers called her bus lady of doom the only time I ever heard her laugh was the day she left someone at the bus station just mean and grumpy for no reason have you ever met anyone like this there we are me and Austin standing at the bus stop bus pulls up bus doors open and there she is what happened next I still cannot believe Austin hops on the bus but he stops he turns he looks the bus lady of doom in the eye and he says how are you today beautiful then the bus lady of doom did the weirdest thing she did this I'm not gonna lie when I saw that I was a little scared but with a few words often turned someone mean and grumpy into someone happy he reminded me of a time when I made someone happy with just a few words when I was still living with my mom I walked up to her one day and I said the words that all parents dream about mom I'm moving out of the house my mom said yes I'm joking she was way more excited than that now I have not seen Austin in three years but he reminded me back then and today a few words they can make people happy but they can do more they can bring pain and sorrow prejudice and hatred but also peace and love pride and inspiration and within that realm of inspiration a few words can do something extraordinary I'm in my Toastmasters club it's time for the best part of the meeting that every toast master loves Table Topics the top it's master stood on the stage he called out may I please have the first volunteer there was one hand but that hand was special because it belonged to a young soft-spoken young lady named Michelle Michelle was from China she was attending college in America 19 years old and speaking in front of an audience terrified her but there she was standing in that stage the topic some has to read the question what was the greatest moment of your life and she froze for what must have felt like eternity to her all she could do was stare at the floor 10 seconds past and she still could not speak 20 seconds passed her lips began to tremble 30 seconds passed she cried I'm sitting in the audience I'm watching this happen to her and I'm heartbroken until she finally spoke and she shared the greatest moment of her life when my mom said she believed what can you say to that those words were spoken five years ago and I still remember them Michelle she may remember her mother's words for the rest of her life because a few words they can touch your heart so ladies and gentlemen I believe that it's okay to be a quiet person to be soft-spoken to not say that much because when it comes to being remembered I've learned and you've proven just because you say more doesn't mean people will remember what you say so let's make the words we do say count you'll be surprised how long people remember a few words

Aaron Beverly, 2nd place winner of 2016 World Champion of Public Speaking

30 thoughts on “Aaron Beverly, 2nd place winner of 2016 World Champion of Public Speaking

  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    He is the real winner👍

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Wonderful speech.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    This was an excellent speech

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    I totally agree. What TOASTMASTERS has taught me how to not use fillers. I can not wait to reconnect with this ILLUSTRIOUS ORGANIZATION

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Aaron, I love you so much. Thanks a lot for this, thanks a lot.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Excellent Speech!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    And that's why you should always thank the bus driver.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Wow, that was awe inspiring. Simple. True. Effective.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    😂😂😂😂😂😎😍

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Wonderful speech!!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    I'll be participating in a public speaking competition and I aim to be as amazing as this guy although I suck at talking.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    just because you say more. it doesn't mean people will always remember what you said.8:03

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    powerful message wrapped in a delightful presentation

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    the title though…

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Hiiii everyone ….he is an amazing speaker with a brilliant nature …Hit like if you agree

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    that title

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    This guy looks like KSI as a child, malteser head ass

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Good enough for me

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    A few words….simple but we don't do it. Well presented.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Yo the beginning introduction had Me cracking up!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Just because you said more it doesn't mean people will remember what you said.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    This guy was beaten by that underwear guy!? More unprofessional judging by Toastmasters international. Gimmicks always seem to beat substance in these contests.

    You are an amazing speaker and you should have won, hands down.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Impressive speech indeed… Use of silence was powerful

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    Great speech. Thanks

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    he should've won

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