Ryan Avery // 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking

Hi, my name is Ryan. In the above photo and next to me is my wife Chelsea. She's my partner in life and in business. Before we talk business, I want to share what I value as I look to work with and associate with others who feel the same! I value family, dreaming BIG and communication! If you share similar values... let's stay connected!I I look forward to getting to know more about you, what you do and how we can work together to train leaders and their teams in the art of communication!

Ryan loves to scuba dive, competes in IRONMAN competitions, will eat anything except olives and says "y'all" at least ten times a day!
In 2012, after competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history for Toastmasters International.
In 2015, Ryan and his wife, Chelsea, set the new world record for being the youngest couple in history to professionally speak on all seven continents. Ryan has also delivered over 500+ talks, presentations and keynotes in more than 35 states and 10 countries.
Ryan's latest book, Speaker Leader Champion: Succeed at Work Through The Power of Public Speaking, hit #1 on Amazon and has already been translated into four languages.
Ryan has an average rating of 4.92 out of 5.0 for the 100+ Vistage Worldwide events he has delivered. Ryan is among the top three rated speakers at VES events around the country and Ryan was also named Vistage's Rookie Speaker of the Year for the highest ratings among any new Vistage Speaker. Ryan is also a speaker for Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) where he scores an average of 9.92 out of 10 for all of his events.
Ryan currently lives in Denver, CO with his wife of 10 years and daughter, Atlas! He lives 15 minutes from his mom and dad and in-laws and could not do what he does without their support!

Professionally I provide communication trainings to leaders and their teams so they can achieve more in less time! Personally, I have a lot of fun doing it! 

My wife and I after winning the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2012!

Chelsea and me after winning the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2012!

Jim Rohn taught me, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” I wanted to put Jim’s theory to the test but I needed help, a lot of help! With the support of my wife as my coach, my friends, family and mentors as my guides, I decided to do something I had never done before.

It is 8am. I have trained 8 months for this; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries. I am speaker number 8 during the final round of competition on the 88th anniversary of Toastmasters, out of 88 districts around the world and the date is August 18th (8/18).

After the final speaker, we sit with the other 2,000 people in the audience and wait 30 minutes to hear the announcement. My heart is pounding, my palms are sweaty and then I hear it…. “The 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking is… Ryan Avery!”

I guess you can now say my new lucky number is…8.

The next morning, I wake up to 269 emails asking me to speak, coach and train leaders all over the world on how to improve their communication abilities. My wife, friends, family and mentors, showed me things are possible when you surround yourself with the right people and they push you past your limits of what you think you were able to accomplish.

I wanted to travel the world and start right away but I was still working at Special Olympics and didn’t want to quit as I loved what I did for a living. However, I started to see that there is a huge opportunity in this world for people wanting training and we can always be growing, learning and developing our leadership skills.

So after long months of talking, thinking, contemplating and debating, my wife and I decided to take the risk and start our own public speaking business in 2013. We quit our jobs, sold everything we owned except what fit in our car, traveled to Texas to move back in with my parents at 26 years old (true Millennials) and start our company out of a corner in their home. Six months later we got on our feet, moved out and now live in Denver, CO (when you want the hour version of this story, let me know and we can grab a drink).

My wife and in Antarctica I right before we set the new world record of being the youngest couple to professionally speak on all seven continents.

Chelsea and me in Antarctica right before we set the new World Record for being the youngest couple to professionally speak on all seven continents in 2015.

This has been an incredible adventure. I still have a lot to learn. Every day I study, search and submerse myself in the art of communication. One of the biggest things I have learned in the past four years doing this full time is this:

When you improve your communication abilities, you increase your leadership capabilities! 

Now I am on a mission to train leaders how we can utilize the power of storytelling to get others to take action.

I believe we all have the opportunity to do something in our life that can bring us joy and help others excel. During one of my failed attempts at a recent world record my friends taught me what it means to really feel accomplished and what it means to be the leader: when your actions inspire others to take action, you are the leader.

I am taking charge of my life. I am taking chances. I am taking action.  Together, if you will let me, I want to share my journey with you, share strategies and stories with you, via my trainings or blog, of what I am learning and have learned along the way to help us accelerate our achievements.

I believe our communication abilities determine our leadership capabilities so I am on a mission to train leaders around the world in the art of communication! If you are interested in one of my trainings, I look forward to hearing from you. If you are interested in reading my articles or watching my videos I look forward to interacting with you. Let’s continue to use our voice to make a difference in this world and as always…

Dream BIG,
Ryan Avery

My wife and I during our World Record attempting for breaking the largest book signing event in history (5,000 books in 10 hours)!

Chelsea and me during our attempt for breaking the World Record (5,000 books) for the largest book signing event in history in 2014!

P.S. If this if your first time here, stick around! My goal is to provide stories, strategies and insights to keep you motivated to pursue your dreams and to be honest and open about going after mine! If you haven’t read one of my articles yet, here are the top 12 most read posts: 

9 Speaking Tips for Non-Native Speakers  //  17 Speeches in 17 Days with 17 Photos  //  Avoid These 3 Things When Speaking on Stage  //  3 Easy Ways to Make $500 Speaking  //  5 Types of Mentors Everybody Needs  //  How to Get Over the Past and Focus on The Future   //

6 Reasons Why Real Leaders Are Really Speakers  //  5 Things You Need to Run a Business with Your Life Partner  //  31 Days of Kindness  //  5 Lessons Learned Being a World Champion  //  9 Reasons You Really Haven’t Accomplished That Goal of Yours Yet  //  6 Reminders Why You Should Take a Risk

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  • “I loved the fact that you focused on the hidden aspects of speech that makes it strike a chord with the audience. Also, the two hours watching you filled me with inspiration and left me with messages that will help me become an impactful person. I feel honored to have met you.” 

    Shahab Ahmed, Shell
  • “Thank you Ryan! I have been to a lot of trainings and seminars and this was the best. I got a lot of concrete, usable tips to make my speaking better.” 

    Mary Mattran, Intel
  • “Ryan shows all his tools to make you successful. He is confident in his own right, so does not hold anything back. Every minute is packed with value."

    Eva Tafoya, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • "Ryan’s unique combination of subject matter expertise and excellent presentation skills creates an environment in which you lose track of the line between education and entertainment."

    Joshua Kanter, Caesars Entertainment
  • "Ryan doesn’t just tell you what to do, but shows you examples why and how he does it. He gives you a framework to make it work and I can relate his ideas with my own."

    Colbert Fong, Wells Fargo
  • "Ryan goes far beyond what you pay for, packing so much value in a visit you will want to immediately ask him back, and recommend him for additional talks.  We did both, and can’t wait for his return."

    Greg Luft, Colorado State University
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