Public Speaker Turns Talent into Business

February 9, 2018
Editor: Chen Caixia

Ma Weiwei, 37, from southwest China's Guizhou Province, has found widespread fame as a debater on the online reality talk show Qipa Shuo in the last few years.

Ma started as a member of Sun Yat-sen University debate team when she was in her 20s. Back then, in 2003, she participated with two of her peers in an International Varsity Debate and won the team championship.

She previously worked as a teacher and a businesswoman, but she never gave up debating.

Her popularity exploded between 2014 and 2016 when she was featured on Qipa Shuo with her powerful and aggressive debating style.

She won the title of King of Talking in the first season, and started to preside over an internet talk show called Black and White Planet in 2016.

Now she is dedicated to turning her gift of talking into a lucrative business.

Her first paid audio program Nice Talk divides the art of talking into five parts, namely debating, lecturing, persuading, communicating and negotiating.

The eight-minute audio series went viral after it was launched, and attracted 160,000 subscribers, with a total sales volume of over 30 million yuan (U.S.$ 4.8 million).

"People define traditional e-commerce as online sales from offline goods, but we showed the public a new lifestyle, which is also the direction for all businessmen," said Ma.

In other remarkable achievements, Ma was a key member of the Chinese youth delegation at the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference and delivered a keynote speech.

At the beginning of her talk, she raised a question of great relevance to youths: Why does climate change matter?

Ma said that to care about the climate change is to protect our own livelihoods. The earth will keep spinning no matter what, but we humans will be deeply affected by a warmer planet.

(Source: Women Voice/ Translated and edited by Women of China

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