GIVEAWAY on Turkey Day!

GIVEAWAY on Turkey Day!

Thank you for your support over the past seven months as we have grown How to Be a Speaker!

You read articles, comment on blog posts and share our stories on social media! This Thanksgiving we are thankful for all of the amazing followers we have so we are going to giveaway three products to help you become a stronger speaker:

1) Speaker, Leader, Champion!
2) Public Speaking 101 – Messages That Matter
3) Ryan Avery’s Push Past It DVD

For everyone who comments on this post below, we will put your name in a drawing and giveaway one of each items listed above to three lucky winners!

All you have to do is share with us what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving to automatically be entered to win!

Thank you again! We look forward to writing a lot more articles, creating a ton of valuable tools and helping you become a stronger speaker so you can be a better leader. Happy Turkey Day and as always…

Dream BIG,
Ryan Avery 

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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

69 Comments on "GIVEAWAY on Turkey Day!"

  • I’m thankful to have such an amazing group on individuals in my life, and thankful for the beauty of life given my family with the arrival of our lovely little (now five weeks old) girl.
    All the best to everyone!

  • Michelle says

    I am grateful for many blessings – especially health and family! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Haskell says

    Ryan and Chelsea! Happy Thanksgiving to you both! There is so much to be thankful for…, good friends, health, but this Thanksgiving I am thankful for the eight beautiful, healthy golden retriever puppies in my house. They are growing bigger everyday and will make eight families have an extra special Christmas this year!

  • Adam Hsu, DTM says

    Ryan & Chelsea you rocked the District 48 Spring Conference!! Thank you again for coming and Happy Thanksgiving. God Bless!!

  • Stephen Lozano says

    I am thankful for all the new family I got when I married Emily.

  • I am thankful to know my ‘WHY’ and empowered to go out and DO!

  • Paul says

    I’m thankful for the present moment and all the possibilities it holds.

  • Carla Godinez says

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • On Thanksgiving and every day, I am grateful for all the good things in my life: my son and daughter, me Sweet Wonder Woman and Toastmasters. I’m grateful for love, friendship, good food, good movies and good books. I am especially grateful for excellent health in my 70’s.

    • You are a winner! See my comment below :) Congrats!

  • Jean says

    Thankful for my family and friends. I am so blessed. Plus, I’m gonna have another grandbaby in July! When life happens, I think of all these blessings and it makes me smile. Then I write a blog or speech about the life happenings! LOL

  • Lisa says

    Thankful for family, friends, and the gift of life

  • TK says

    I am thankful for family, friends (including you, two!), health, and people who care. Life rocks!

  • Antonio Rodriguez says

    Thankful for family and friends that span a gamut of cultures, from Latino to Southern US, from Asian to African, from Middle Eastern to Mid-Western. I feel like we can obtain a modicum of understanding of each other, and respect and celebrate our differences.

  • Liza says

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. It’s been a pleasure to – even in a smallish way – be a part of this World Champion’s blog, And per the theme of the day, I’m grateful for opportunities to use my own voice (written and spoken) to inform, entertain and inspire.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you both! This year I am thankful for my family and friends, the learning I am doing everyday (including hearing you speak), and the success my film buddies and I are having on our youtube series “Mario Warfare!”
    I hope everyone has a great day! :)

  • Della M. says

    Thankful for breath in my body and the ability to see, hear, communicate, touch hearts, and add value. Grateful for good health and a mind and will to be diligent and focused. And most of all humbled by the the love of family and friends.

  • Sondra Nunez says

    Hsppy Thanksgiving! I am thankful to be blessed with a wonderful husband and two awesome daughters! it is their love and support which allows me the freedom to make a positive impact on others and to leave my mark on the world.

  • Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks Ryan for the opportunity to win something valuable.

  • Dena says

    So very thankful for this life … moment by magical moment~

  • Pat Jayne says

    I am thankful for Toastmasters. Certainly my speaking skills have improved, but I am especially thankful for the opportunities to learn how to give (and take) constructive critiques. This has led me to use better wording in my writing and my speaking.

    I am also thankful for the supportive community in Toastmasters. It has helped me progress and been a source of great support when there have been difficulties in my life.

  • Mark L Johns says

    I am thankful for my family and friends and the time we get to spend together. I am also thankful for the opportunity to give back and make a difference in the lives of others!

  • Karen O'Keefe says

    Happy Thanksgiving–and much continued success to you and Chelsea!

  • Kristi says

    Grateful for new and old friends and being able to enjoy the small things like the feel of the crisp Tahoe autumn air, the sound of crisp pine needles under foot

  • Stacia Redd says

    I am thankful for my family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! May God continue to bless us!! ;-)

  • Keith Horowitz says

    I am thankful for the confidence, information and friends I’ve found through Toastmasters

  • Chuck Mencke says

    Ryan, I am grateful for my family and my extended family especially all my Toastmasters friends. I am incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful individuals to have crossed paths with. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Chelsea.

  • David says

    I’m thankful to my girlfriend for encouraging us to walk a 10K this morning and to my 14 year old son who walked it with us! We set (and beat) a goal of 2 hours and now I’m thankful for a warm shower and the feast to come! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • Don Michel, DTM says

    I am most thankful for my family. Their love and support is the foundation on which my success is built. I am also thankful for the nurturing, helpful environment of Toastmasters. The fellow members who coach, mentor and encourage me to achieve great things are like my “second family”.

  • Steven Hughes says

    I’m thankful for my family, friends, and Fraternity that continue to push me to better myself. #IronSharpensIron

  • Happy Thanksgiving to my ‘Merican friends. I am grateful for the friendship our countries share and that we share! It has been a great experience so far.

  • Andrew Silvester says

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Carol Kormelink says

    I’m Thankful for the annual Thanksgiving morning Christian/American Thanksgiving service at my cousin’s church and the traditional Apple March at the end of the service. A blessed beginning to giving Thanks for Christ’s loving care in my life and family and friends.

  • Jennifer Hendricks says

    I am thankful for the good health of my family and friends; I’m thankful that my 16 year old dog is here to celebrate another Thanksgiving with us and I’m thankful that my husband likes to vacuum.

  • I am thankful for the health of my family. We’ve had a horrible year with two of our kids medically…one diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and the other with need for a highly specialized knee surgery that involves a very long recovery.

    And yet, on this day, despite the fact that we aren’t in the clear yet, I am grateful that they both have a great future. My daughter’s knee, though it will never be “normal”,will heal enough for her to be mobile. My son’s diabetes, though a lifetime of insulin is required, is manageable.

    The reality is, it could be worse. I frequently reflect on how blessed we are as there are so many people with children who suffer much more challenging maladies than mine. My heart goes out to them. I can’t think of them and NOT be thankful for all that we have.

  • Rick Pierce says

    Today I watched “How to Deliver A Speech” in the How to be a Speaker Video. I am thankful that those who have achieved like Randy and Ryan and many others; yet, are willing to show those with similar dreams how they did it and why. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • I am thankful for my friend Ray Burton that has opened a whole new world of music jazz and R&B.Also that my son is becoming a strong man.

  • Happy Thanksgiving you two.

    • You are a winner! See my comment below :) Congrats!

  • Donald Drennon says

    I am thankful to God for his grace and mercies.

  • Jim Chuang says

    I am thankful for my family’s suppprt in all my endeavours and being there for me during my down times.

  • I am thankful for Toastmasters, because it allows me to practice my public speaking and leadership skills.

  • Matt says


  • Marc Gabris says

    Awesome! Thanks Averys!

    I’m thankful for my voice, health, ambition, mentors, friends, and family.

  • Brian Hatano says

    I’m thankful for health, family and friends. Being appreciative for what I have rather than feel a void for what I lack is something that keeps me feeling grateful for everything. Toastmasters is a big part of my life that I learn and grow every day from the experience. Thank you to all my Toastmasters friends!

  • I am grateful for a year that has brought so many opportunities for growth and connection–and one of the highlights was working with the whole Avery team to bring Ryan to Richmond.

  • Richard Katz says

    I am thankful for my friends and family!!

  • Henrik Brameus says

    I am thankful for the people around me. My family, my friends, and, most importantly, my wife.

  • I am thankful for being brought up in a home where it was okay to have an opinion and where doing the right thing was an important value to have. More than anything, I am very happy to have the humility to accept when I am wrong and be better because of the failures I come across.

  • Ben Friedrich says

    I’m thankful to be in a warm house with plenty of food and access to the internet where I can interact with and learn from some of the most successful and motivating people. I’m thankful for the amazing age I live in. As my dad often reminds me… we (those in prosperous countries) live like kings. There is much to be grateful for!

  • I am very thankful for my husband, Nigel, with whom I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Every year my love and appreciation for him grows deeper and deeper.

    I am also thankful for my Toastmasters family and the opportunities they provide me to learn and grow.

    Thankful that I got to meet Ryan and Chelsea when they came to Pittsburgh. You are both such a hoot and so much fun. I love fun.

    I’m thankful for a lot of stuff – but you get the point, I’m sure. : )

  • Ginger Killion says

    I am thankful for the amazing abundance of my life.

  • Ed says

    In addition to being thankful for my health, my family and my friends, I am also thankful that I was one of many Toastmasters who learned how to be a speaker during Ryan Avery’s cross country tour.

  • I am grateful that I have a peace, joy and love in my heart from a close relationship with God. I am also thankful and humbled by all of the amazing people in my life! There are so many people in this world who are lonely and confused. Those of us who have even a few close relationships are blessed beyond measure!

  • Ryan – I am thankful for knowing you and Chelsea and being generous with your time, talent, and treasure.

  • Steve Cavin says

    I am so very thankful for every blessing in my life including my job,health, Toastmasters,family and friends especially my best friend, Antwaun. I am most thankful for God”s love, mercy and grace.

  • I am grateful Ryan showed us it was ok to do a speaking seminar in a T-shirt. I’m feeling more relaxed now.

  • Carmen Carr says

    I’m grateful for Toastmasters and I’m grateful for the how to be a Speaker tapes. So informative! Gratitude!!

  • Rocky Davis says

    I am so thankful to be alive, three years ago a bombing almost took my life. Third and fourth degree burns over 40% of my body, 19 days in a coma, 30 days in ICU- In the fire I lost everything I owned.
    I was given another chance, now after 3 years of recovery… for the first time in my life… I have everything money can’t buy… YES, I’m alive and doing fine with a very thankful heart.

    • You are a winner! See my comment below :) Congrats!

  • Laura says

    I am thankful that I am healthy!

  • Denise Hickam says

    I’m thankful to have a wonderful job after a very long wait. Also, I’m thankful for friends, family, and my pet. Life is the best it has ever been for me, every day. So grateful! :)

  • I’m thankful for the opportunities to serve people I meet each day … and how gracious they are when I make mistakes … or my technology hiccups!

  • Monty Ray Davidson says

    Thankful for family,friends, good health and the ability to connections. 2013 was a ricking year for me. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • Victor Gascon says

    I am grateful for many aspects of my life, but most importantly I am thankful for my two wonderful kids. They are the sunshine in my everyday. :-)

  • Lori says

    Very thankful for my daughters and a new granddaughter!

  • Dorian says

    Happy Thanksgiving from Winnipeg Canada. I am so thankful I had the good sense to invite Ryan to our fabulous District 64 conference in April. Can’t wait!

  • Thank you everyone for participating and sharing what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving! Congrats to the winners of this contest (Don’t worry, there will be plenty more where this came from so make sure to stay connected and follow the blog). Winners were picked at random:

    Jack Pyle, winner of Speaker Leader Champion
    Sue Anderson-Seibert, winner of Public Speaking 101
    Rocky Davis, winner of Push Past it DVD

    Congrats to the winners! Winners, please email Ryan your address at with subject line “Thanksgiving Winner” and we will put your prize in the mail this week!

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