[Music] RONALD MELVIN: This is one of the most important
things of my life. RYAN AVERY: I dreamed big, and that’s what
it took for me to get to where I am right now. DIANE PARKER: I’m in this to win it, and I’m
gonna go all the way. KENNY RAY MORGAN: This is my moment, man.
If I’m going to do it, I wanna do it now. ANNOUNCER: And the 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking… [Music] [Music] ANDREW KNEEBONE: Fear of speaking is a common
thing that everyone goes through. And so I decided that Toastmasters – give it a shot
and teach myself to speak in public. My club, they said, “Why don’t you go in competitions?”
I didn’t even know there were such a thing as competitions for public speaking, but then
the bug sort of bit, and I really liked the sport of competing. RYAN AVERY: It’s 30,000 people all over the
world who all have a message, who all have a speech. It goes from the club, then the
area, then the division, then the district, then the semi-finals, and now it’s the top
9 speakers. Best speakers in the world. [Music]
[Music] JESSICA CARDER: Thank you all for being here,
um, we’re all very, very excited for the world championship tomorrow. KENNY RAY MORGAN: When I was a kid, I wanted
to be on stage in some capacity, and so speaking became a passion of mine, and I yearn now
to be able to speak to the world. RONALD MELVIN: I am not a good reader. I have
dyslexia. But I am a storyteller, and Toastmasters allowed me to tell my stories by speaking
them to people, because I could not really write. RYAN AVERY: I enjoy speaking so much, I love
motivating people and I want to remind people my age that we can do anything. JESSICA CARDER: We’re going to go ahead and
draw for speaking order right now. [Music]
[Music] ANDREW KNEEBONE: I have no idea what it is.
That would be number 1. JESSICA CARDER: The focus and the preparation
for this always blows me away. They’re fiercely competitive. MARIO LEWIS: It is one of the grandest stages
you’ll ever be on. An audience of 25,000, projectors everywhere. For 5-7 minutes your
face is in absolute primetime. So for me, I don’t take this opportunity lightly. KENNY RAY MORGAN:: The speech for the finals
has to be totally different than the semi-finals. PALANIAPPA SUBRAMANIAM: I haven’t actually
finished writing my speech, I only have a basic framework because I was focusing on
the first speech, so there’s a lot of work to do now. JESSICA CARDER: Over the next 24 hours most
of them will lock themselves in their room, and really just walk through their speech
again and again and again. ANDREW KNEEBONE: My biggest fear for the competition
is that I don’t prepare enough. I don’t have a fear of the moment I get on stage. I aim
to prepare. [Music] ANDREW KNEEBONE: [Practicing speech] This
story is about passion, obsession and blood. [To camera] I’m on first tomorrow, so I’ve
got to come out hard. You’ve got to – I’m the first speaker. I would prefer to be somewhere
else, yeah, but I’m not, and again it’s the luck of the draw, so I’ll give it my best. KENNY RAY MORGAN: Before I even do a speech,
I have to have a reason for giving that speech. I don’t just randomly throw speeches together.
Anybody can do a speech but I think the passion that you have behind it in connecting with
your audience makes a great speech. CHELSEA AVERY: Trust Is A Must, Ryan Avery.
Oh, he’s so handsome. RYAN AVERY: You have an obligation as a speaker
to go up there and not just say something that you care about but something that can
really change the lives of people. I love this next speech – it’s called ‘Trust Is A
Must’. It means so much to me. It’s how I started off my relationship with my wife.
“Chelsea, I promise.” RANDY HARVEY: I think that’s much better-
RYAN AVERY: Oh, you do? RANDY HARVEY: -and I think that’s a much stronger
conclusion. CHELSEA AVERY: So when you read it, it was
literally 6 minutes flat, when we just read it through?
RANDY HARVEY: Yup, that was 6 minutes. CHELSEA AVERY: Okay.
KENNY RAY MORGAN: I keep this baby with me all the time. If I would have brought this
with me last year I would have known I was going overtime. See I had to abort my ending
last year. But I think I got this speech down enough where I can finish it in like 6:50,
6:48. I don’t even want to get close to going overtime. CHELSEA AVERY: We’ve worked our butts off
to get here – since January. RYAN AVERY: Yup. CHELSEA AVERY: And have fun with it. RYAN AVERY: I know. CHELSEA AVERY: We’ve worked really hard, we’re
well prepared, you’re a rockstar. You’re a great speaker, with a good message, so have
fun with it. RYAN AVERY: Bam. [Music] ANNOUNCER: Let the speech contest begin. [Music] RONALD MELVIN: My best is winning. It’s not
coming in second, it’s blowing this thing out of the window.