PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR CHILDREN

Kris Tay

It was 11 years ago that I joined the Toastmasters Club in Singapore. I was comfortable chatting with friends and even giving presentations for projects in school. Little did I know that when I had to give a speech to strangers, I froze. I startled and my heart thumped so hard that I thought I would die of a heart attack.

Many adults fear public speaking and even after delivering the speech, we are our worst critic. This fear could definitely be overcome with practice and skills. How I wished I had learnt the skills of public speaking when I was young.

Hence, I started giving workshops on public speaking and presentation skills targetting at children. Children learn best when they have FUN! It’s not about the grammar, neither is it about the vocabulary. It’s about communication and whether the other party or parties understand you, whether they caught your message, and whether they will act upon your call.

My first workshop, “Electrify or Electrocute Your Audience”, was well received by the children. It was loaded with activities that build their confidence and the children had a whale of good time. I discovered that our children learn in schools how to handle oral examinations and very often, there were templates for them to follow. When it comes to extemporaneous speeches, they were lost. For example, when I gave them a “blue” giraffe and asked them to give a speech about that, the children all started describing the giraffe. “This is a blue giraffe. It has spots on its body…” I’m not saying that this is bad, but if we want to interest our audience, we have to be more creative, we have to be able to “spin” tales and draw our audience in with our speeches.

Recently, I ran a workshop on public speaking and storytelling in a Primary School. The final session is a speech contest and all these students were so excited when I arrived. They showed me their scripts and asked if they could refer to their notes when they deliver their speeches. Their speeches were well written but when it comes to their delivery, they need more encouragement and practice. It’s heartwarming to see their excited faces, their eagerness to deliver their speeches, and their courage to overcome their nervousness.

My personal conviction is that our children do not need lessons on how to speak. They do not need templates on good speeches. They need our encouragement. They need coaching. They need to build their confidence, knowing that they can deliver speeches that are sincere, speeches that can impact others, and speeches that make a difference.

Adults, parents, teachers, coaches, can play key roles to identify the strengths of our children, suggest ways to make their speeches more impactful, and help launch them on this wonderful journey of public speaking.

http://publicspeaking.nsk.sg/changi/storytelling-at-changi/


Update 9 May 2013
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96 thoughts on “PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR CHILDREN

  1. Celine

    I am looking for public speaking for my 12 years old. Is there a gravel club for kids that is ourside of secondary school system? Tks

  2. pauline

    Keen to find out if you have any public speaking courses or speech craft courses for my 13 years old son.

    Thank you.

  3. Anna

    I would like my two girls to learn publuc speaking.

    Any courses for them? They ate 12 yrs old and 10 yrs old.

    Thank you.

    Rdgards, anna

  4. SC

    Hi

    I am keen to find out more about the public speaking courses for my 6 year old. Please send me some info.

    Thanks!

  5. sgblingff

    Hi

    I have a 4 and a 6 years old.

    Are there any toastmasters or public speaking classes available for them?

    Pls email me.
    Thx.

  6. Shipra

    Hi
    I want to enroll my daughter, 11 years old in the children’s Toast master club.

    I live in Bedok. Pls let me know how to go about this.

    Regards
    Shipra

  7. Rathiga de haabell

    I would love for my daughter,aged ten this year, to take up public speaking. Pls advise on available courses details. thank u.

  8. Cheryl

    I would like to enroll my 2 boys (aged 13 and 15) to learn public speaking. Any suitable class for them?

    Rgds,

    Cheryl

  9. eskay

    Hi Lynn, Thank you for your interest. I do not reply to enquiries or comments on public speaking for children.

    All enquiries are forwarded to the trainers. Your first email was sent on 21 Jun 2013. You should have received their broadcast in Dec 2013. In any case, I am forwarding this feedback to the trainers.

  10. mAsHi

    I would like to enrol my 8 yrs old son for public speaking course at Marine Parade. Kindly advise details.

  11. priya

    I would like to enrol my 11 yrs old son for public speaking course . We are residing at Hougang Ave 1. Kindly advise details.

  12. julia

    Hello, I am interested in public speaking courses for children. Kindly email me if there are any upcoming ones in the holidays. Thanks,
    Julie

  13. Selvi

    I would like to enrol my 10 yrs old son & 7 year old daughter for public speaking course at Telok Kurau Lor G/ Marine Parade. Kindly provide details

  14. Derick

    Hi, I’m considering getting my son to attend public speaking courses to build up his confidence. We stay west side. Is there any such classes available?

  15. Dawn

    Hi Any speech /public speaking programmes for kids this Sept/Nov 2014 hols? My 9 year old is very keen. We stay in the east of SG.

  16. anita montibon

    Hi i would like my son to join public speaking,11year old ..hope u can help me to overcome his fear to communicate to people..thnjs

  17. Ling Siew Ng

    Hi, I would like to enrol my son, 5 years old, in a public speaking class / toastmaster’s club. Kindly send me more information. Thanks.

  18. goh li pheng

    Hi i would like to enrol my kids in the public speaking course or toast master club.

    Thank you.

  19. Joelton

    Again, I want to thank my club members for alayws patient, tolerant, cheering me up, helping me grow and develop in every aspects of my life. Whoever wants to be a better person and enjoys better life, joining a toastmasters club and more important, being more proactive would be the top option.

  20. Hansi

    I would like to enrol my 12 year old son in the toastmasters program or in public speaking classes,I stay in the Tanjong Katong area.

  21. PW Sam

    Hi..My daughter is studying SEC 2 and we are living in Choa Chu Kang ..I would like to put her Public speaking / children’s toastmasters program. Could you pls send the details. Thanks

  22. Haslinda Hamid

    Hi Team,

    I would like to find out about June programme for public speaking for my daughter.
    She in Primary 3, what are the cost/ duration/ location and no of classes.

    Thank you for your prompt response.
    Haslinda

  23. Nikhil Rao

    Hi,

    My name is Nikhil Rao and my son Shaunak Rao is interested in public speaking courses at the toast masters club. Could you let me know if there are any that you conduct as he has his holidays beginning in June? It will be great help if you can let me know if there is someone else you know of who is conducting for 9 year old kids in case you don’t?
    Best Regards
    Nikhil Rao
    90058530

  24. shruthi

    Hi,
    I am looking for public speaking programs for my children aged 11 and 9. Please contact me if there are any programs.
    Thanks
    Shruthi
    HP 94520756

  25. kajal

    I want to enroll my son for public speaking for oct nov dec, please advise your course dates and fees, pls call me at 97806829, Kajal

  26. Lili

    Hi,

    I am interested in enrolling my sons age 15 and 12 in public speaking course during the Nov holidays.
    Is there a number I can call to enquire further?

    I am residing in Simei.
    Thank you
    Lili

  27. Lynn

    Hi, I’d like to enrol 3 kids for toastmasters. presently for 2015, youngest being pri 1, second is pri 6 and oldest is sec 2. where can they go to? we are staying in serangoon. thanks!

  28. Maybel Sim

    Hi Team,

    I would like to find out about June programme for public speaking for my 2 kids.
    1) Daughter, 13 year old, secondary 1
    2) Son, 111 years old, primary 5
    Can you let me know the course schedule, outline and course fee?
    Hp: 9025 3890

    Thank you.

    From Maybel

  29. Rogayah Bte Daud

    Hi ,

    I would like to find out about June programme for public speaking for my son.
    He is in Primary 4, what are the cost/ duration/ location and no of classes.

    Thank you for your prompt response.
    Rogayah

  30. Ms Lee

    My children are age 11 & 13. Pls let me know if you are conducting any public speaking course for their age group, thanks.

  31. Tina tan

    Hi,

    I would like to find out public speaking programme for my 8 yrs old son in primary 2 this year.

    Thanks.

  32. Elena

    Hi, I am keen to send my 2 daughters to public speaking classes. They are 12 and 7 yrs old. Can you please let me know if there are any? We live in Potong Pasir.

    TKs
    Elena

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