Malachi Talabi is the College of Public Speaking Challenge winner of 2014. Malachi has frequently been involved in speaking engagements and has won several public speaking contests. He is a member of Toastmasters and won the Toastmasters International UK & Ireland public speaking competition in 2011.
Malachi is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Raw Love UK which educates people about healthy eating with raw and unprocessed fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Malachi currently works as a supply teacher and a PE Coordinator at a Peter Hills Primary School.
What Malachi loves about public speaking is, “I love being on stage but the best thing is to see the impact of my words when I stop speaking. Changing lives is my biggest reward.”
Malachi’s advice is to “get a mentor; they can shorten your learning curve, get a message; master one subject and you will excel, get it moving; get on stage as much as possible – it’s the quickest way to grow.”
1. Please describe your job in detail?
Outside of speaking and coaching speakers, I am a supply teacher (HLTA) and a PE Coordinator at a primary school.
2. How would you describe yourself?
Handsome, fearless, confident, loving, giving, awesome, exotic, adventurous….two percent of the time. I love life love fun and try my best to love people.
3. What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?
I was invited and as last year’s winner, it’s the least I could do. I thought it would be selfish to win it again.
4. What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?
Get a mentor… they can shorten your learning curve; get a message…master one subject and you will excel; get it moving…get on stage as much as possible – it’s the quickest way to grow.
5. What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?
Put the message first. Most speakers speak to get a massage (their ego); the best speakers speak to give a message.
6. What do you love most about public speaking?
I love being on stage but the best thing is to see the impact of my words when I stop speaking. Changing lives is my biggest reward.
7. What are you hoping to see from the contestants?
Unique messages fused with dynamic deliveries
8. Have you had the opportunity to contribute to any magazines or national/local press?
I’ve been featured in a number of media articles for winning the Toastmasters International UK & Ireland public speaking competition in 2011. You can see some of these articles on my Toastmaster website here - http://toastmastertalabi.com/media.
9. What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?
I believe I am the ambassador of messages. I train speakers and teach clients to put the message first – in every speaking contest the message always wins! Go beyond the script and give a message that will transform a life. The message is more important than the accolades.
10. Are you a member of any specific speaking clubs and/or groups?
I am a member of Toastmasters
11. Please list your own website, twitter, LinkedIn details.