Chicago Man Wins International Speech Competition

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 30-year-old man who came to Chicago from Bulgaria 10 years ago seeking a better life has won the top honors in an international speech competition.

Chicago Man Wins International Speech Competition

Presiyan Vasilev is the winner of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, delivering a speech he called, “Changed By A Tire.” The speech is a story about asking people for help and believing they would make fun of him and realizing his weakness was in refusing to reach out.

“The steering wheel jerked. I tried to keep the car in control. That night in Chicago, a flat tire changed me,” said Vasilev in his story.

The contest began six-months ago with 30,000 contestants from 122 countries and ended over the weekend where he beat eight other finalists. He says it has been a great journey.

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