Haven’t we all witnessed anxious kids freezing at the sight of an audience? Stage fright is a common phenomenon with school kids. Sometimes, even the most confident and outspoken kid can freeze if he/she encounters anticipated eyes. It happens with grown-ups as well. The majority of people are anxious about speaking in public. Being a teacher, is it important to develop public speaking skills of your students. It is often termed as a vital skill, as reading or writing. Imparting better public speaking skills may not be as difficult as it is perceived by many. Here is a list of very interesting tips that can be useful for guardians to help kids overcome the stomach flip while speaking in public:
- Create a group or a club for the children of the same grade, and make them practice speaking in front of an older audience. This is the best way to hone their presentation and public speaking skills.You, as a parent, may then take notes and give your feedback. In this manner, you can help them gain confidence speaking in front of the crowd. With your honest feedback, they will get to know their problem areas. Also, in this manner, the struggling kids and shy speakers would get to practice more and improve.
- Keep a strict schedule and give them topics for mock presentations in advance. Skipping the club oratory class once in a while is fine, but make sure that there is enough audience to listen always.
- Educate them on better ways to address an audience such as – standing straight, speaking loudly, clearly and confidently presenting their work. Voice and accent tips could go a long way.
- Reward them often; it keeps them interested and eager to attain new goals.Appreciate them regularly and acknowledge them after they attain each milestone.
- Use peers’ analysis driven approach to encourage them to work on their problem areas.
- Give them the proper methods and techniques while they prepare to address the audience such as – structure of the presentation, audio or visual resources to practice.
- Educate them about various other areas that are equally important along with oratory expertise while speaking in public.Some such areas are physical (gestures and projections), emotional (engagement with audience and pathos), cognitive (thinking, memorization and questioning), the last and the most important one (vocabulary and pronunciation). You can target all these areas while making them practice.
- Let them take advantage of technology when they can. Allow them to see examples from videos, research on the internet for better preparation or simply listen to webcasts.
- Advise them to observe public speakers like – the President, TV anchors or beauty pageant holders or other public figures. Ask your students to observe their body language, voice, and the ways in which they engage the audience.
Excellent oratory skills are much-needed expertise to create a brighter future. They would not only gain a supreme level of confidence personally but also be able to express and communicate brilliantly with others at school, teachers, and even bosses in future. If you have more tips to encourage them to practice public speaking, share with us here.