Verity Price

Speaker I Facilitator I MC

“I am a former professional singer turned speaker and facilitator with a story to tell. After becoming one of the world’s first online crowd-funders when I pre-sold 2000 copies of my debut album back in 2005, I unexpectedly became far more famous for thinking differently than I did for singing.

As a result, I have spent the last twelve years facilitating and speaking on strategy, innovation and positive mindset for multiple organizations and industries.  With a degree in Psychology and Anthropology from UCT and as a De Bono accredited strategic and lateral thinking facilitator, I have worked with multi-national teams across South Africa and Europe. 

I’ve been lucky enough to speak at twice at TEDx and am also a Distinguished Toastmaster and the Southern African champion of Evaluations (2015) and World Champion Public Speaking (2021)!

My passion is helping change the world one idea and one happy team at a time. I love to work with organizations to inspire their staff, align strategic direction, solve old problems, uncover new ideas and gain the competitive edge in their industries.”

Q&A

1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

Right now it’s being the first African and 6th woman to ever win the World Championship of Public Speaking.  I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life. 3 – 4 hours a day of speech writing, rehearsing and delivery for close on 6 months! It was an incredible experience of completely committing to a dream and then doing everything in my power to make it a reality. Hearing my name announced at the world finals was a dream come true!  I’m so honoured to have brought the title back to Africa and to have hopefully broken the glass ceiling that has prevented our amazing speakers being recognised on the International stage. I really hope that my win will result in many future champions from Africa.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

“My biggest challenge is the tug of war between my confidence and self-doubt. I often feel like I have a split personality as one part of me totally believes in what I can do, but a much bigger part tells me I cant. My life has been a journey of balancing those aspects of myself and learning to gently heal the part that wants to play a small game. I don’t always get it right, but this year I really pushed the boat out and stepped into the spotlight and took the ‘scared me’ along for the ride. Amazingly, she is making much less noise these days.

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

“I am passionate about helping people think differently. Back in 2005 I successfully ran one of the world’s first online crowdfunding project when I got 2000 people in 25 countries to but my debut album. Instead of the project launching my singing career, I was catapulted in speaking on and facilitating innovation and creativity. My happy place is helping people to change their thinking so that they can change their results. Whether I’m running a strategy session or speaking at a conference, I am passionate about sharing the tools and techniques that have made the difference for me.  From innovative thinking tools to simple positive psychology habits, I love showing people how easily they can access their best thinking and their best experience of life.  Since become World Champion of Public Speaking, my passion has extended to helping people find their voice and tell their story through my Present With Power courses. I am happiest when holding the space for people to shine!”

4. Fun Facts:

“I love doing accents and if a story calls for a silly accent I just can’t help myself.”

Thank you for being you!

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