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.

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96 thoughts on “PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR CHILDREN

  1. May

    Hi, could you send me more details on your public speaking programmes for young kids? My boy is 4 yrs old now… Thanks.

  2. Priscilla Chin

    Hi looking for Gavel club for my children 8 and 13yrs. would appreciate if you can let me have any info. Thanks!

  3. malathy

    Hi

    I am interested in public speaking courses for my girl who is 9 yrs old this year.If u have any plans to start ,do let me know..Tx.

  4. Malar Oly

    I would like to know about the public speaking course for my son who is 6 years old. He is pretty vocal and loves show and tell. Please revert. Thank

  5. Mal

    Kindly let me know if there is any such course scheduled for this school holidays as I have two girls aged 12 & 9. I could be contacted at (H/P: 9XXXXXXX). Thank you.

  6. Jenn Koh

    I am keen on sending my kids (age and 7) for Toastmasters related courses. Please do update me if there is any. Thank you (:

  7. Nita

    I am looking for avenues for my daughter to practice Public Speaking. She is 11 years old.

    Thanks.
    Nita

  8. Mrs Koh

    Hi,

    I’d like my daughter of 10 years to join in this course, if you are holding one over the holidays, thanks.

  9. Tracy Lim

    Hi, may I know where are the toastmasters club for children in singapore? i am keen to enrol for my 7yo gal. think its gonna be an eye opener for her. Thanks in advance for your help!

    rgds
    Tracy

  10. Abhinaya D/o Ravikumar

    Hi
    My daughter abhinaya, is at primary3 studying at NPS school at chai chee.!

    She is struggling to speak complete sentences, though we already hv put her with British council english fundamentals class we would desire to send her to toast masters children public speaking, can you advise the possibility ?

    Just FYI currently she has some other classes on Saturday am and Sunday am but depending on your suggestion we can see possibility to spin the Saturday ones to later date or week days say on Monday or Thursday 5-7pm?
    My mobile number is 8xxxxxxx

    Next week am away and if anything next week you can call my wife Viji in 9xxxxxxxx

  11. Vijayalakshmi

    Hi, my daughters 9 years old and I am looking for public speaking courses …. Could u pls let me know Is any course is to be commenced ….

    Thanks

  12. Rachel Lai

    Hi. Please keep me informed of public speaking class/ toast masters programs for children. My boys are 7 and 9 years of age.

    Regards, Rachel

  13. choy

    May i know if you can give me some recommendation for public speaking classes for a 6 years old child.

    Thanks
    Choy (hp:8XXXXXXX)

  14. Tony Loke

    Hi, looking for a toastmaster club for my 13 and 15 year olds. Can you advise where there is one we could inquire? Thanks

    Warmest regards
    Tony

  15. Margaret

    Hi

    I am interested to find out more about public speaking program for my Primary 2 child. Can u kindly revert with more information? I am contactable at 9XXXXXXX.

    Thank you

    Regards
    Margaret

  16. Rachel Eng

    I have 2 boys ages 11 and 13 this year.
    They are very quiet and definitely lack public speaking skills.
    Do you have any courses for this group of children?

  17. Nidhi

    Hi ,
    I hv kids doing primary 1 & primary 4 and I feel my kids
    Should know how to speak in public confidently. So kindly let me
    Know when u conduct workshops. Thank u.

  18. Tan Tong Wah

    Hi Kris
    I spoke to you regarding your launch of the Public Speaking skills class for children. Hows the going? Looking forward to receive your email soon. Thank you.
    Rgds
    Mrs Loke

  19. Liana

    I am looking for a public speaking class for my 12 and 8 years old girls. We live off Bukit Timah road, do you have class nearby? Thanks!

  20. Usha

    Hi, I am very keen that my daughters 12 and 10 years old, join the toastmasters club for children. I am happy to get involved in organizing meetings for children etc. please send me details. Thanks.

  21. Raje

    Hi there,
    I am looking for public speaking training for my daughter who is 12 years. She is very interested in public speaking and she ever participated debate competition in schools. Please advise me

    tks
    raje

  22. Merry Bither

    Hey Kris , I have been trying to contact u regarding public speaking for children .When r u planning to start the classes? Any holiday programmes?Hope to get a reply from you soon .Thanks.

  23. June

    Hi, I am looking for a public speaking class for my 2 kids; 10 years old girl and 7 years old boy. I get to know about Toastmaster from one of the ex-colleague who has already moved to US.
    I search on the web and find this link.
    We are staying in Hougang, do you have class nearby? Thank you.

  24. Mrs Soh

    Hello,

    I have 3 kids, 13, 11 and 10. I would like them to join a public speaking course between 4th week July and before 3rd week August. Any plans?

    Thanks!

  25. Josefina

    Hello

    I would like to know if there are public speaking courses for kids during this school holidays. My daughter is 8 years old and although she is doing well academically, her teacher commented that she is not confident speaking in class.

    I am interested to know the schedule of courses if there are any and am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks and regards

    Josefina

  26. Mona A Kadir

    Hi, I interested to know more about the public speaking course for my 12 years old daughter and my son 17 years old.
    Please revert to me.
    Thanks.

  27. Linda

    Can you contact me on public speaking class for my 6 n 10 years old sons. I live in choa Chu kang area

    Thanks.

  28. vanitha

    Hi, i would like to join my two sons aged 10 and 12 for the public speaking courses. do contact me in my mobile.

  29. Annie lee

    Hi, please update me via email of any courses for my kids which is 14 and 13 years old.the course fees too.

  30. Joyce

    Hi,
    I would like my 12yo to be exposed to public speaking.
    Are there plans to conduct such courses after PSLE?
    Thanks.

  31. sherlyn

    Hi, please update me via email of any courses for my kids which are 7 and 4 years old.the course fees too.

  32. Sally Lau

    Hi, I have interest to know more of the toastmaster course for kids (age 6 – 12 yrs). Please update me of any course available and the cost via emial. Thank you.

  33. Isabella

    I would like to exposed my 11 years old kid to public speaking .is there any course in coming dec holiday? Thanks.

  34. Jolyn

    Hi, I am looking for a public speaking holiday workshop for my 9 & 12yrs old kids mainly to help them in presentation skills. Thanks

  35. Shio Huay

    Please email me the contacts for a toastmaster club training for my 12 years old daughter from October onwards.
    She has a pretty good command of written English, however her oral skill is handicapped by her shyness and introvert character. Please help. Thank you very much.

  36. Tay hee ann

    Hi, I am interested to enrol my son for public speaking course in this coming December. Please contact me. Thanks

  37. Stefanie Wong

    Hi, I am interested to enrol my daughter( age 5) for public speaking course in this coming December. Please contact me. Thanks

  38. Shirley Chua

    Hi, I am keen to enrol my kids (9 years old & 7 years old) for the public speaking course. Is there any workshop this coming holiday? Please contact me. Thank you.

  39. PeckLian

    I would like to know about available courses on public speaking for children, 6 to 10 years old. Venue. Dates and costs. Thanks.

  40. SH

    Hi there!

    May I have the contacts for public speaking coursers or toastmasters classes for children of ages 8 – 10 years old.

    Thank you!

  41. Ted Choo

    Hi

    I am interested to enrol in the public speaking course for children. Can you send me some details, please?

    My kids are 7-10 yr old.

    Thank you.

    Rgds
    Ted

  42. Priya

    Let me know the public speaking course detail for my 14 year old son. He is a shy boy by nature. Thanks.

  43. mummyteo

    I am looking for a public speaking for my 10 and 15 years old boys. Do you have any classes during the Nov school holidays.

  44. Anna

    Hi, Can you kindly email me for any public speaking course for my 12 yr old son mainly to help them in presentation skills. He is a shy boy.

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