The World Champion of Public Speaking is...

Just found out that the Toastmasters International's World Champion of Public Speaking is Vikas Jhingran. He is doing his PhD at MIT and happens to be from Moradabad, India. I felt so good to hear this news about him, that I thought I must share it. Inspring others though speech is not easy, and to win a contest at such a high level is a tremendous achievement. Congratulations Vikas, you have achieved a great feat!!

I am hoping to listen to his actual presentation some day (title of his speech was "The Swami's Question") but for now, I am content with a podcast of his interview just before the final contest day. Here are a few links, if you are interested...
Podcast of his interview
MIT's Press Release on his sensational achievement

The second place contestant is no less competent. Rory Vaden has an inspirational story himself. I just listened to his message on his own website. Its amazing. This guy is young!! It seems he really wants to win the World Championship of Public Speaking. He started competing in his original hometown of Denver last year (2006) and went all the way to the Finals but didn't win there. And this year he again competed, this time from Nashville as his base. And he came second place, very close to winning again. But I am not too worried about hi, he has success written all over him. Check out his websiteswebsite1, website2 and promotional videos. You will know what I mean...