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Last month I, along with 22 other Toastmasters, created a club in Portland, OR, dedicated to helping speakers improve the way they speak competitively at all levels.

Whether you are a Toastmaster or not, you should consider starting one of these clubs in your city.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1)   To surround yourself with those who are better than you

2)   To improve the way you develop and deliver your message so any audience would want to hear it

3)   To improve the quality and quantity of those who compete at all levels

4)   To improve the quality and quantity of those who are judges at all levels

5)   To receive expert feedback that executives would pay for

Our goal is to start a Competitive Speakers Club in every Toastmasters District around the world.

So far, we have started five. We have 86 more to go! We want to improve the quality and quantity of competitive speakers around the world and want you to join us!

If you are in Toastmasters, or want to join Toastmasters and would like to start a club, we have ambassadors ready to help you get your club started.

Email me at, and I will connect you with someone who can help get your club up and running!

Together, let’s improve the quality and quantity of competitive speakers around the world by creating a community of those interested in being better speakers! As always…

Dream BIG,

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Diane Allen says:

    My heartfelt thanks to Ryan for leading aspiring speakers by establishing the model of a Competitive Speakers Club. I have only spoken 3 times, and attended 4 times total and have found that this experiential learning is absolutely invaluable but yet costs the same as any other Toastmaster Club! One of the profound techniques we use for evaluation at Competitive Speakers PDX is that during the verbal evaluation, if the audience likes a comment made by the Evaluator, they click their fingers. From a speakers standpoint, if you are greeted with a wave of audience members clicking at you, you know that point made by the Evaluator was universally felt! Since we are attempting to reach every member of the audience with our message, this feedback let’s us know if we are!

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