An introduction to good public speaking skills at a young age helps your child learn several valuable, lifelong lessons. Learning to speak in front of a group of people will boost self confidence and prepare your child for school presentations and real-world applications.
The Lesson Plan
At some point during your child's school years, he will be required to make a presentation. Encourage your child to perform at home by having them recite a poem or nursery rhyme. Standing up in front of an audience, even if it is only one person, will increase your child's confidence. That is a powerful lesson! Students who feel comfortable presenting or demonstrating learned knowledge tend to be outgoing and meet a challenge head on.
A basic form of public speaking begins in preschool and continues through early elementary grades. This activity is show and tell. This is an excellent opportunity for a child to show an item of importance and explain it to an audience. As your child moves through the grades, more advanced public speaking chances arise, like school demonstrations and science projects.
Organizations, including 4-H, provide kids the chance to gain leadership skills, and often, public speaking opportunities are the building blocks for these skills. 4-H members present a demonstration about each project to club members. The speech might be as simple as showing how to make a cake or as complex as how to prepare a dairy cow for competition.
Most county 4-H offices sponsor a speaking contest that is split into age groups. The goal of these short presentations is to build public speaking skills, including verbal and non-verbal skill sets. Winners of local contests advance to state and national competitions.
When your child enters junior high or high school, most schools offer public speaking, sometimes known as forensics, as an extra-curricular event. Rules vary from state to state, but most offer a wide range of events including public speaking or interpretation events. Contests of this type build self confidence and differ from other types of team competitions where only the top performers compete. Instead, all students who participate perform at each contest, with the exception of a state or national tournament.
Organizations, such as the National Forensics League, encourage students to become effective speakers and influential citizens. This organization views public speaking as a stepping stone for leadership while building critical thinking skills.
A wide range of activities are available to parents who want to help their child enhance public speaking skills. Whether your child is in pre-school or a high school freshman, diverse opportunities await.
If your child is gripped by a fear of public speaking, help him learn how to overcome the fear of public speaking by learning basic skills associated with public speaking.
Building self confidence is an important aspect of successful public speaking.