Our next Christmas Giveaway this year is a Confident Speech Workshop for your kids worth $500!!
ONE lucky reader will win a session for his/her child to attend a Confident Speech Workshop over two days (15 & 16 December, 9:30am to 5pm).
Read my REVIEW of my daughter’s experience at this workshop in September earlier this year!
To have the confidence to hold a conversation is one thing. To speak confidently in public is quite another. So, during the June holidays when a good friend invited mykids to attend his Confident Speech WorkshopI signed them up immediately. My son, who missed the September session will be attending the upcoming workshop in December. Even though he is quite comfortable speaking in public, I felt there will be great life skills for him to acquire at this workshop.
My 9-year-old daughter loves the mike (microphone) but tends to be more bashful. Her volume reduces to a near whisper when she is on stage and this becomes a problem during oral practice or in-class presentation. According to her brother, this is quite common with his female classmates too when they are put in the spotlight in class.
So, off she went on her two-day workshop. In the course of her workshop, she played games, had fun and made new friends. More importantly, she learnt to write her own script and present it to the class and an audience made up mostly of her classmates’ families.
The task given to the kids at the workshop was to “share” on what they like to do or where they went during the school holidays.
- The trainer played games with the kids to help them relax.
- He gave them their presentation task to prepare for the next day.
- He showed them how to write a script in their own words.
- He shared how to engage the audience by asking questions — eg. do you know? can you guess?
- He helped them to brainstorm how to incorporate stories into their script to make it more interesting.
- He gave them tips to “camouflage” their discomfort in front of the audience.
- He sent them home with the task to memorize their script for the presentation the next day.
- The kids practice their script in front of their classmates
- They finalize their presentation.
- Showtime: presentation to their audience, aka the parents.
Here is a video of her utilizing all the skills she learnt in the presentation. See if you could spot some of the skills she picked up at the workshop.
Watching my daughter stand in front of the room to do her presentation reminded me of the first time I stood in front of my college class to do a presentation many, many years back. I remember standing there, trembling with fear and speaking in a quivering voice. Like my daughter, I had to share about any topic that I like. I don’t think I made much sense in my 5 minute presentation.
Luckily I have learnt a few tricks since then to overcome my fears and am today, able to make a living as a trainer and public speaker.
It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of an audience to deliver her speech, so I was immensely proud of my daughter for her effort. I was also impressed that she did not have to refer to her notes, remembered all her lines and delivered her presentation loudly, clearly and confidently.
Investing In Their Life Skills
I thought this workshop was a good skill investment for the kids to have in the long run. The way our education is prepping our kids for the workforce, giving presentations is going to be part and parcel of their education process. So, learning early to overcome their fears and empowering them with skills to stand in front of an audience (big or small) to deliver a speech or presentation is definitely a boost to their academic and social abilities.
As with anything that we learn, we need to continually practice this skill to achieve good results. Look out for my next post on how parents can enhance what their kids have learnt in class in their daily life.
Public Speaking is the number ONE fear in many people. But trainer Eugene had a lot of tips to help the students compensate for their fears during their presentation. For example, how to use your body movements to emphasize a point or project your voice or calm your nerves during the presentation. Even adults who fear public speaking may learn a thing or two to help them deliver better presentations in their businesses.
More importantly, the next time she has to do a presentation in school, she will be able to apply the skills learnt in this workshop.
If you are keen to encourage your child’s confidence in public speaking, Trianium Megachamps conducts regular sessions of Confident Speech workshops during this school holidays.
7 – 10 Dec 15 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
15 – 16 Dec 15 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
28 – 29 Dec 15 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
All sessions are conducted at Peninsula Plaza, 111 North Bridge Road, Level 21, Singapore 179098 except on 7-10 Dec where it will be held at Taylors Arts Studio, 215 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349 (lunch not included).
Go toTrainium Megachampswebsite for more details on their workshops.
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.