He Lets His Mouth do the Talking

ISE’s Vincent competes for the title, World Champion of Public Speaking.

George Vincent <em>(left)</em> with Presiyan Vasilev<em> (right)</em>.

For the past several years George Vincent, ISE graduate student and president of Campus Toastmasters, has competed for the title of Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking.

In 2012, George started at the club level competing against other members back in India. . From the club level George moved on to the area level where he battled against the best from several clubs in Chennai ,India. A win ensured his spot at the division level.

At divisions, George not only would be competing against the best and brightest from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Undeterred, George walked away with the victory and was off to contend at the district level against the best from south India and Sri Lanka. Unfortunately ,George was placed third in his district in 2012.

In 2013, George renewed his pursuit for the world title. He advanced through the club, area, division levels to return to the district competition – This time from the State of North Carolina. He knew the competition level had improved over the previous year and that only his best would be good enough to win. So he drew upon his experience and the advice he had received from friends and fellow competitors and emerged triumphant as the champion speaker from the State of North Carolina.

The win at the district meant that George would be only one of 88 people to compete in the international semi-finals. From a pool of more than 30,000 participants in 116 countries, George had earned his chance to contend in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking at the Toastmasters International Convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Unfortunately, George was not selected as one of the nine finalists to compete for the title, which was eventually won by Presiyan Vasilev (shown with George Vincent above).

It’s 2014 and George is back at it again. He has already won the division level and all fired up to compete for the district championship again at Concord ,North Carolina on the 3rd of May ISE wishes George all the luck in the world as he continues to his dream of capturing the title of world champion!