Vancouver, British Colombia was the location for the 2017 Toastmasters International Convention.
With a speech titled "Pull Less, Bend More," Manoj Vasudevan, a leadership coach and management consultant from Singapore, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Friday, Aug. 25. Vasudevan, along with nine other contestants, reached the championship level after several eliminating rounds that began six months earlier go with 30,000 participants.
See the Toastmasters International Media Release page for full details, and watch the video. Now that's inspiring!
Second- and third-place winners were Simon Bucknall, an entrepreneur from London, England, with his speech titled "What James Bullock Taught Me," and Kevin Stamper, a pastor from Palm Harbor, Florida, with his speech, "Speak Up."