Last Years Winner

'There is more to life than increasing its speed'

Born in Southwark and raised in Bermondsey, Malachi Talabi's life journey so far has been full of twists and turns. Having overcome childhood obstacles including poverty, racism and a lack of aspiration, Malachi won the Toastmasters International UK and Ireland Public Speaking contest in 2011, and went on to place third in the world semi-finals of the competition in Las Vegas, beating around 30,000 people that also entered. When he's not delivering keynote speeches, writing books, or presenting and hosting, Malachi works as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at a primary school in Rotherhithe, where he continues his work of inspiring children with the same passion as he does adults.

Malachi Talabi won last year's Corporate Speaking Challenge because he produced a speech that was an easy, natural relatable style, covering the topic in a way that the audience could relate to, with clear and simple imagery and dynamic, humorous and engaging delivery.