Public speaking is a great way to teach children how to express themselves and get their point across.
It teaches them the power of communication and their ability to affect others.
That’s why it’s so important to begin early in life when setting up your children for a future of media interviews, speeches, and other public speaking activities.
There are many public speaking tips for kids that parents can offer to help their children succeed in this arena.
Bring a friend with you.
Children are bombarded with a lot of information and messages at an early age, which is a good thing.
But during these formative years, they’re not always getting the best advice—from parents or teachers.
That’s where your friends come in. Friends can be teachers and other adults who your child can turn to for support.
Think about it: Even if you don’t have kids, you probably know that having support from other people is key to success. And this holds true for children as well.
The child with two supportive parents will likely do better than the one without either parent present in the picture—even if he or she has many more advantages (such as being born into a wealthy family).
This isn’t just about school work either; your child will benefit tremendously from having a friend who will make sure she gets enough sleep, follows her diet plan and exercises regularly.
The same goes for extracurricular activities—without this kind of encouragement and support, kids won’t stick with them very long nor will they ever approach them with confidence or competence.
Wear something comfortable.
It’s important that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
This is not a job interview or a fashion show, so you don’t need to dress up in uncomfortable clothes just because they look good.
What matters is how confident you look and feel, whether it’s on stage or at home rehearsing with your parents. It doesn’t make sense to wear high heels if they hurt your feet and make it hard for you to walk across the stage, nor does it make sense to wear jeans that are too tight because they’ll distract both you and your audience from focusing on what’s important – the words of your speech.
Practice your speech.
Practice is really important. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be with your speech.
You should practice at home and also practice in front of other people.
Here are some tips on how to get started with practicing your speech:
- Practice alone at first, maybe in front of a mirror or recording device so that you can watch yourself.
- Go over your speech with a parent or friend who can give helpful feedback and suggestions.
- Practice your speech in front of a small group of friends or classmates. If there is someone who has given speeches many times before, ask them to listen to you and give advice on what parts work well and which parts need improvement.
Prepare the room.
If you’re speaking to an audience, try to arrive early and ask the event host or teacher if you can prepare the room where you’ll give your speech. You can choose to do it yourself or with their help.
In your request, be specific about what you’d like them to do for you. If they agree, explain that it’s all part of a preparation routine that will help calm your nerves and make sure you’re ready for your speech.
If possible, ask the event host or teacher if they will dim the lights in the room before you begin speaking.
Some students find this helps them focus on their audience more than on their own nervousness. If that’s not possible, don’t worry! Many students have given fantastic presentations in rooms with brightly lit audiences.
Research the subject.
- Do your research. Gather information on your topic and write down everything you know and learn about it. Carry a notebook with you everywhere to jot down ideas or questions that pop into your head, or keep a running list of these items on the Notes app on your phone.
- Use reliable sources. The best public speakers form their arguments based on facts and statistics, as opposed to personal anecdotes or opinions. This is not always possible, but when it is, try to find facts from reputable sources (such as a government report or trusted media organizations). Facts are more likely to lead to an informed conclusion and will make for more interesting talking points than something like “I read this thing online that said…”
- Acknowledge both sides of the issue (if applicable). One of the best ways to be convincing is to take all views into account before presenting a conclusion, including viewpoints that you disagree with. Almost any issue will have two sides—the side you support and an opposing view—so it’s important to present both before drawing a conclusion.
Practice in front of a mirror.
Reading your speech in front of a mirror is a great way to make sure you’re engaging with it, and it can help you see how others are likely to perceive your body language as well.
When you practice, use a timer to see how long your speech lasts. If it’s too long, edit it down until it’s the right length.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that’s what practicing is for! Recognize the parts of your speech where you stumble over words or lose track of the order; then review those sections and try again until they feel more natural. Pictures:
If you have time, add pictures to your presentation so that the audience has something visual to look at while they listen.
Keep them simple and don’t include too many – two or three should do it! You could also consider using props if they relate directly to what you are going on about – just remember not to go overboard!
Use pictures and props when necessary.
To help you prepare and carry out a spectacular speech, we’ve put together this list of “pro-tips” for using props.
- Use props to illustrate a point. Props help you engage the audience and make your point more memorable. For example, if your speech is about water pollution, you could use a prop labeled “Fruit Punch” with some coffee grounds floating on top to represent the polluted water that gets into our rivers and oceans.
- Be sure to choose props that are sturdy and easy to use while speaking. Also, make sure they’re not distracting! A good prop is one that compliments your speech instead of creating confusion or taking away from what you’re saying. For example, if your prop is a sketch of a bus, it should be clear why the bus relates to what you’re saying.
One of the best things you can do when presenting is yourself. People will pick up on you if you are not being genuine, and they won’t want to listen to you if they don’t like or trust you.
If you try and act like somebody else, your body language and voice will not be comfortable for you, which makes it harder to speak with confidence and enthusiasm.
And after all, people want to hear what YOU have to say! So use your own ideas, experiences, stories, and knowledge about a topic so that your speech comes from the heart.
You may feel a little unsure at first when speaking in front of an audience; however, being yourself will help calm your nerves as well as engage the audience.
Go slow, look people in the eye, use your hands and pause to take a breath every once in a while.
- Slow down.
- Look people in the eye.
- Use your hands.
- Pause to take a breath every once in a while.
The best way to turn yourself into an engaging speaker is to be yourself and speak naturally. It’s easier said than done, but it starts with some basic principles:
Here are some other tips that will help you become a more engaging speaker:
Have fun with public speaking!
The next time you have to give a presentation, try to come up with something you can have fun with.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the hundredth.
If you’re not having fun with your message, neither will your audience.
It is important for students to practice their presentations by themselves, or with someone else using them as the audience.
By doing this, students will be able to figure out what works and what needs to be changed before they are called on to present in front of an audience.
The most important thing to remember when preparing a speech is to make it interesting and engaging.
Most people would rather show than just tell so if you have visual aids such as charts and graphs, bring them along! If you are nervous about speaking in front of an audience there are a few steps that you can take beforehand.
The first step would be to introduce yourself and welcome the people listening. This can help put your audience at ease and ease any tension that they might be feeling.
Next, beginning with the introduction of your main idea, keep a steady pace and make sure that each section flows easily into the next one. And don’t forget to pay attention to creating a good ending!