065: SPECIAL COVID-19 RELEASE – Aaron Beverly, the 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking


Welcome to this Special Release Episode of the Self Made Strategies Podcast

Please read the special message, from Tony Lopes, inspired by Aaron Beverly.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused significant stress, but maybe it also presents an opportunity for those of us fortunate enough to have our health.  In our entire human history, there has never been a better opportunity to develop your personal brand and further develop your online presence through storytelling.  Most people are stuck inside, at home, ransacking the internet for entertaining, educational, and positive content.  So who would be better to teach you, to “Speak and Be You,” than the 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Aaron Beverly.

You may remember Aaron, who was our guest in the good ol’ days, ya know…August of 2019.  He sat down with us again (remotely of course) to give us all of his strategies for public speaking success.

Aaron delivered an incredible and entertaining speech, “An Unbelievable Story,” which you will hear on this episode.  You can also watch this episode on our brand NEW YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOG-mybCfvYWhoXo4vPoB5g), or on Aaron’s own YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVNLGTZBrLiyVcLYqYyETQ).  Don’t forget to hit SUBSCRIBE when you visit both!

Aaron was 30 years old when he took the stage to make his second attempt (he finished 2nd in 2016) at the Toastmasters World Championship.  Aaron, a JP Morgan project manager by day, kept the promise he made on Episode 025 of the Self Made Strategies Podcast when he took home the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in August of 2019.

In his winning speech Aaron highlights the importance of “acceptance despite difference,” a timely lesson in our post-COVID-19-quarantine world.  Only father time will tell where we will be by Summer of 2020, but hopefully Aaron’s message will spread faster than the virus causing the hysteria and people will focus on “acceptance despite difference.”

Let’s remember that at the end of the day, we are all humans, with loved ones of our own.  Let’s treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion.
About Aaron Beverly
Aaron is developing a brand new YouTube channel to continue teaching others the benefits of becoming a strong public speaker.  In August 2016, before becoming the World Champion of Public Speaking, Aaron Beverly became the 1st runner up in the prestigious Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking competing against over 30,000 competitors across the globe.

Aaron has spoken in locations around the world and has engaged audiences in companies such as Vanguard, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo; associations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals as well as educational institutions such as Drexel University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

You can connect with Aaron by email at aaron@speakandbeyou.com, or connect with him on social media: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram| YouTube
Here are the key takeaways from this Episode:

* Hear Aaron’s 2019 Toastmasters World Championship Speech
* Aaron’s advice about preparing a championship speech

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