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Ryan Avery, twenty-five, is the youngest man to win first place in  the International Toastmasters Competition. Ryan, manager of marketing and communications for Special Olympics in Oregon, beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking in August. I’m in Ryan’s chapter of the club […]

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At a Toastmasters meeting Monday night, my speech took first place. But I didn’t take home the blue ribbon. Ron Bell did. My speech, a modern-day parable called The China Shop in the Bull, delivered explosive energy. Ron stood at the podium and with grace and gentleness and described family events when he was on […]

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