L2 Alum Takes Third in Public Speaking World Championship

Lifework Leadership Alum (2014), Anita Fain Taylor (L) placed third. She is pictured with World Champion Ramona Smith, and 2nd Place Winner Sherrie Su.

Anita Fain Taylor brings back to Broward County the third-place trophy of the 2018 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking held in Chicago on Saturday, August 25.  To make it to the finals, Taylor defeated 30,000 competitors from across the globe including the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Middle East, Africa, India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. After competing in the Semi-Finals with the top one hundred speakers, Taylor made it to the top ten with her speech, “Take Your Shot.”  Her final speech, “IT IS WHAT IT IS. IT AIN’T WHAT IT AIN’T,” earned her a spot in the top three in the world. Ms. Taylor is often noted for injecting humor and faith in some of the most difficult topics.

“I am overwhelmed to be a part of Toastmasters’ history,” said Taylor. “I witnessed some of the most outstanding speakers from across the globe, and I am so blessed to have been among the greatest public speakers.”     

Making Toastmasters history, this is the first time that women won as the top three finalists.  At the same time, the world-wide organization elected a woman president, Lark Doley, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). Women were not permitted to join Toastmasters until 1973.

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