Let's talk about Fear...
Did you know that the biggest fear most school age children have is being called on by the teacher? Not because they aren’t prepared as some may not be, but more often because the idea of speaking in front of a group of people paralyzes them. Who hasn’t been there? The teacher calls your name, you stand and when you try to speak…nothing comes to mind. Confident public speaking is a crucial skill that is often overlooked and under-developed in a child’s formative years, yet it can make a huge impact on how well your child sees his potential as well as how they develop and succeed in school.
A child who can effectively communicate orally with peers or an audience is likely to be viewed in a more positive light by others and develop a stronger sense of self- worth. Children who are able to demonstrate the ability to develop a command of public speaking will not only help them in school, but also empower them in many situations they encounter throughout life. Learning the skill of public speaking is a great tool for children to master regardless of how young they are. Developing this art with a strong clear voice and body language will help them all through their journey in school and life.
You Can’t Avoid Public Speaking Situations
Whether your child attends public or private school, one thing is certain: they will be called upon to do oral presentations in front of their classmates and teachers. And while some kids flourish the spotlight and relish being called up to the front of the class to read or present a report, others will get absolutely panic-stricken and overwhelmed. As a parent, you can help your child to embrace and even thrive in these pressure-packed situations. Here’s the reality: public speaking skills are seldom taught in public school, and sometimes not even at private schools. The encouraging news is that even the shyest, most introverted kids can overcome their inhibitions and evolve into confident, credible public speakers. And once they learn the key elements of public speaking, many previously timid public speakers learn to enjoy it and actively seek out opportunities to use and grow their newfound abilities.
Benefits of Teaching Public Speaking to Kids
A great program, like Speech Crafters Club that helps kids develop as public speakers can work wonders on kids in terms of boosting their self-confidence levels and teaching them new skills. Public speaking programs can offer your kids the following:
- Improved Communication Skills
A big part of successful public speaking is communicating ideas clearly and well. Bringing clarity to communication takes practice. The ability to speak clearly and express your thoughts to others in such a way as to be understood and heard is an important tool for a successful life. Public speaking programs give kids plenty of opportunities to practice putting their ideas into words. Most children develop a new sense of how to communicate their own unique messages to the world.
As previously mentioned, one of the major advantages of public speaking for kids is that it can enhance their self-confidence. Getting up in front of a group of people can be incredibly intimidating, but once a child does it, he or she often feels a great sense of pride and accomplishment for overcoming a fear. Enhancing a child’s confidence and self-esteem empowers them. They learn to overcome nervousness, organize their words and present ideas convincingly.
Statistics indicate that kids don’t develop good planning skills until they’re adolescents. This has to do partly with the way our brains are developed and partly with the fact that children are told how to spend their time and what action to take most of the time. Public speaking requires that kids plan, prepare and present speeches that they’ve written and in turn, it allows them to work on thinking ahead, a skill that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
The Power of Persuasion
The most important goal of a speech is to convince or demonstrate something to the audience. Public speaking programs teach kids persuasive skills. Leaders are excellent persuaders. Once children develop this ability, the potential is limitless in terms of the beneficial influence they can have on others.
Can Public Speaking Lessons Benefit Every Child?
While not every student has dreams of being student council president, there are many other school and social situations where public speaking skills are essential. Situations like oral reporting, in-class reading, joint projects, assemblies, sports, school plays, school clubs, and even fundraisers requiring door-to-door solicitations. Students who are home-schooled don’t encounter a lot of these interpersonal situations and because of this can greatly benefit from a public speaking program. If your child is shy or has a voice that could use some additional projection and/or authority, then public speaking instruction could improve those things and more. But even an outgoing child with good projection can gain a lot from learning the subtle art of communication to become a more engaging speaker. Learning to be an authoritative and comfortable public speaker is essential. Every child has the capacity to make a positive verbal impression on people every single day, so why not make the most of those opportunities by strengthening those communication skills?
Speech Crafters Club Summer Workshop
Speech Crafters Club Summer Workshop
Speech Crafters Club: The ONLY Public Speaking Club for Children and Teens in Alabama!
Speech Crafters Club is an after-school public speaking program for children and young adults. Speech Crafters Club is dedicated to enhancing, encouraging and developing amazing public speakers. Each year we conduct two workshops! Workshops include snacks, beverage, downloadable workbook, and lots of fun! Use the link below to register. For more information check out our website: www.speechcrafters.club
Beverly Jones-Durr is Executive Director for Speech Crafters Club and The Writer's Vibe, which are both programs for kids. Beverly facilitates the learning experience of each member helping them to develop their voice, confidence, self-esteem and abilities to become dynamic public speakers. Beverly Jones-Durr is Vice President of Education for the Hi-Noon Toastmasters Club, and a member of the Women Speakers Association (WSA), International Women's Leadership Association (IWLA), International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches and Trainers (IMPACT) and the International Association of Professional Life Coaches (IAPLC). Beverly is also a published author whose book, Nurturing a Grateful Heart - Power of Possibilities and the interactive Journal has been selected as one of the Top 10 Inspirational Books by Aspire Magazine.