ENGLEWOOD, Col., August 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With an inspirational speech titled “A Great Read,” Verity Price, a 46-year-old professional speaker and host from Cape Town, South Africa, won the Toastmasters World Speaking Championship on Saturday August 28. Price, along with seven other finalists, reached championship level after several knockout rounds that began more than six months ago with 30,000 participants from 149 countries. Watch Price’s winning speech here.
“It sounds surreal,” Price said. “I am so humbled, happy and grateful to have received this title. I will pinch myself for the weeks to come.” Price’s winning speech focused on her journey through overcoming severe depression and anxiety by making the changes needed to change her life. “If your life is not going the way you want it to be, you have to write a different story,” she said. “Reframe the way you see life’s challenges and see them in a more positive light, so that you have the energy and momentum to change your life.”
Price is the first African to win the title of world champion in public speaking. In her acceptance speech, she said: “I am blown away to be the first winner of this title in Africa. I hope to have passed the proverbial kilometer of 4 minutes for all the speakers of this incredible continent because I believe that this title can go back to Africa several, several times. “
Price joined Toastmasters 10 years ago and immediately found the sense of community and camaraderie she was looking for. “Toastmasters gave me purpose during a very dark time in my life,” she said. “It has changed my life and I will always be grateful and look for ways to give back to this organization.”
Speakers gave five- to seven-minute speeches on a wide variety of topics and were judged on content, organization and delivery.
Price won the Toastmasters 2021 World Speaking Champion title at the organization’s annual convention held virtually, 23-28 August.
The second and third place winners were Nitay-Yair Levi from Sydney, Australia, with his talk titled “Tips for Life” and Roger caesar of Brampton, Ontario, with his speech “Is it in you? ”
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a global, non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Based at Englewood, Colorado., the organization has more than 300,000 members in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For more information on local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. To follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
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