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In August 2019, Aaron Beverly emerged as the winner of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, an annual public speaking competition that (at the time) included over 30,000 competitors worldwide. Performing the speech entitled “An Unbelievable Story,” Aaron provided a humorous take on the heavy subject of race and the importance of “acceptance despite difference.” That speech won him the prestigious title of World Champion of Public Speaking.
However, even as a world champion of public speaking, Aaron is one of the most introverted people you can meet. Like many others, Aaron believed that public speaking and storytelling were “extroverted” activities meant for the boldest and loudest people in the room. But, with hard work, dedication and a team of invaluable supporters, Aaron has become proficient in both skills and has since learned that introversion is an asset when it comes to communication.
Aaron is a senior consultant at Deloitte, the largest Financial services Firm in the world. He has been invited to speak at Fortune 100 companies and notable Universities And has engaged audiences in various countries around the world.
Aaron doesn’t credit his achievements to an advanced degree, or a privileged life; he credits it learning effective communication and public speaking. He is living proof, that the art communication can have a profoundly positive effect on the advancement of your professional career and the fulfilment of your life.
I have been with TM since 2021, and it has now been two years. I joined in November 2021.
I started competing the year after when i got my two levels.
My mentor Scott Mclaughclin is the one who helped me get into toastmasters and prompted me to compete within the first week of joining. I competed for fun at the club level that same month, using this first speech as my actual icebreaker project, since I was not eligible to compete yet, I knew I could not go past the club. I won, so, Scott said “we should make it happen next ear. I think you can really get to the world stage. One contest at a time. ” I started to consume every single speaking material Scott sent my way and that I could find, including past champions.
At the time, i was already speaking and sharing my story with sight loss with other organizations, having started with another mentor from McGill University. I was a spokesperson and advocate for a center for rehabilitation for people living with physical disabilities within my community. I had also been coaching and facilitating disability sensitivity training and awareness keynotes and workshops, where I called my program “Be Unstoppable”
I was previously a professional certified makeup artist, but changed paths after doing vision rehabilitation and losing most of my sight. I went back to university and earned to diplomas, one in public relations and communications management, and the other in entrepreneurship.
I have recently gotten into real estate and working in the field since I got back from the Bahamas officially. I decided to become a public speaker to share a message of hope with the world, to share my story with hopes of inspiring and to share my ultimate message with the world: be unstoppable.
I am passionate by people and connecting with people from all over the world on a deeper level, a passion I always had from travelling substantially.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and student and on a lifetime journey of growth and development with the goal of sharing that with others.