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Iowa City resident competes in semifinals of world’s largest speech contest

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An Iowa City man recently competed in the semifinal round of Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.

Kory May was in Las Vegas for the competition and won second place in his semi-final heat, which placed him in the top 20 competitors worldwide for this year.

Each year, approximately 30,000 Toastmasters in 135 countries try for a spot at the World Championship of Public Speaking at the Toastmasters’ International Convention in August. This year, 96 semifinalists competed from which ten  finalists were chosen.

The finalists then competed on for the title of Toastmasters’ World Champion of Public Speaking.

May won Toastmasters speech contests at the area and division levels before taking the top spot at the District 19 contest this summer with his speech, Silhouettes. “The speech focuses on seeing the human being and not their silhouette,” said May.

District 19 encompasses the state of Iowa and parts of Illinois and Nebraska. Within Iowa there are nearly 100 corporate and community clubs.

“It was a great experience to represent Iowa and compete against the best speakers in the world.  They taught me a great deal,” said May. “Toastmasters is the best, most cost-effective method to learn leadership and communication skills that I know of.  Don’t be afraid to drop into a club and see what it’s all about.”

May is a member of Affirmationists Toastmasters Club; Crossroads Storytellers, an advanced Toastmasters club in North Liberty; River City Toastmasters, also in North Liberty and Quad Cities Advanced Toastmasters , an advanced Toastmasters club in Davenport, IA.  May represented Crossroads Storytellers at the World Championship of Public Speaking.

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