Monday, October 26, 2009

UIS Toastmasters Club welcomes 2006 World Champion of Public Speaking

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Toastmasters Club welcomes Award-Winning public speaker Ed Hearn

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Restaurant

DETAILS: Edward E. Hearn was born into a large family in Springfield. His father, Major Hearn, was a functionally illiterate factory worker who played a key role in making certain that all of his children pursued hard work and education as a way of escaping poverty and hopelessness.

In January of 2006 Ed decided to compete in the Toastmaster’s International World Championship of Public Speaking, an annual contest that is billed as the “World Series of Public Speaking”. The event involves approximately 26,000 contestants from 30 different countries. Ed roused the audience as well as a panel of 20 International Judges with his gift for speaking, and walked away with the First Place Trophy!

Edward E. Hearn is living proof that failure is not final, and that we can all overcome life’s adversities, if we are willing to try. His story is motivational, inspirational, and humorous, all at the same time! His passion, love for life, and ability to touch the hearts and souls of an audience is also the primary reason Ed was crowned the 2006 World Champion of Public Speaking.

For more information contact Rachel Hasenyager at 217/206-6508 or

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