Confident Public Speaking for Teenagers

When one has sufficient paper qualifications but lack presentation skills, the signs will be obvious. There is a tendency for one to shy away from meeting new friends or socializing in public functions. Leadership positions will also be shunned as it will be perceived as “too much work“, “a high pressure job” or “a high risk occupation“. Public speaking skills are what accompany the hard skills, and enables one to use their technical know-how to full advantage. Therefore, it is important for one to recognize the pivotal role presentation skills play to ensure one is able to capitalize on good job opportunities in the future.

What We Teach

Reading Aloud

It is commonly known that the child who attends school with a large vocabulary does better than the child with limited familiarity with words and a low vocabulary. Reading out aloud helps the participants to to increase their vocabulary and pronounce the English words properly. Reading aloud also increases a child’s attention span and ability to remember what they had learnt.
Speech Writing

Participants are coached on how to write a speech in using simple structures such as Past, Present, Future or Cause & Effect. This training will help them in their report writing & professional correspondence at work. They will also be taught how to go online and find the meaning of unfamiliar words during the workshop in order to enhance their speech. Many strategies on how to get to the point, have smooth transitions from one point to another will be shared in this module.
Speech Delivery

Participants will be required to deliver not less than 3 speeches during the workshop. Each speech will have a different objective. The climax of this exercise will be a speech contest in which participants will pit their speaking skills against one another to win a prize. Among some of the speeches they will deliver will include Introducing a Speaker, Handling a Question & Answer Session, Presenting Using Flip Charts / White Board, Speaking Using Vivid Imagery and much more.
Speech Evaluation

Delivering a speech evaluation helps the evaluator uplift his / her analytical and leadership skills. The speaker on the other hand, gets good tips on how to improve the speech. Participants are trained to observe the speeches of their peers and offer evaluations of their efforts. Participants will get the opportunity to learn speech evaluation secrets from the Champion Evaluator himself.
Speech Organisation

Subjects covered include planning a speech, identifying an effective structure, adjusting material to suit the audience and techniques to highlight the main message. Participants will learn various structures they can use while crafting their speech to make it easy to follow.
Impromptu Speaking

Impromptu speaking requires the participants to respond to a question with an unrehearsed mini-speech. Practice in impromptu speaking will strengthen their listening, thinking, organizing and speaking skills. They will find many scenarios where they will be required to speak without more than a few moments of preparation such as interviews, press conferences, chairing meetings and handling a question & answer session.
Vocal Public Speaking

Sound advice on vocal public speaking will be shared during this session. The 4 components of vocal variety will be discussed & various physical exercises will be done to improve their voice.
How to Introduce a Speaker

This is an introduction on how to become an emcee. Topics covered include speaker’s introduction as a mini-speech, setting the scene, do’s & don’ts and the benefits of creating a good introduction.
Visual & Auditory Activation

Participants will be trained how to speak in pictures (vivid imagery) & sounds. This skill is extremely useful when telling stories or delivering inspirational & persuasive speeches.
Using Body Language in Speech

Topics covered include looking positive and eliminating distracting movements, highlighting a message with appropriate gestures, the importance of eye contact and communicating with facial expressions. Professor Albert Mehrabian’s 7% – 38% – 55% Rule will be shared during this session.
Games, Singing & Dancing Sessions

Many games will be played during the workshop in order to build their confidence and public speaking skills. Among some the games played include Hands up Fingers Down, Move It Buddy and Possibilities. Singing and dancing will be included to remove their inhibitions of public speaking and to train them to become entertaining speakers. All games, singing & dancing sessions will be accompanied with a debrief of it’s purpose so that they understand exactly why they were required to sing, dance and play.

Teaching Method

We use a combination of theoretical explanation using PowerPoint, video examples of a real speeches, group discussions, printed notes and peer evaluations. A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course.

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