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7 Ways To Teach Public Speaking To Kids

October 8, 2019

Hi, I am Ryan McLean. I am from
and I’ve got 2 kids of my own and I am super excited to talk to you today about how you
can teach public speaking to kids. So many children grow up in this massive fear of public
speaking, they don’t want to get up in front of a crowd because they are scared of, who
knows what they are scared of, there are so many different fears about public speaking,
but if we get them in public speaking early, build up their confidence as a public speaker,
then as they grow in their teenage years, as they go into adulthood then they will be
going confident in public speaking. We know that benefits in public speaking are
huge. They can help you advance in your career. Help you been seen as a thought leader and
help you in so many other ways. And public speaking is extremely important
as we go into adulthoods so it’s a great to teach our kids more about being affective
public speakers. Thank you so much for tuning in this video
or this pod casts. It shows that you are someone who wants to teach your kids, weather it be
the kids that you have, gave birth to or take care of or are be the kids that are your students.
And so what are my tips around teaching public speaking to kids. Tip number one is, not to call it public speaking.
Naha, don’t call it public speaking. We have this massive; we create this importance
about public speaking. This, I don’t know. We just hold it such higher scene; public
speaking, so important, don’t get I wrong. And we scare the heck out of our children.
So how can we making more fun. Well, why don’t we call it drama, why don’t we call it giving
a monolog? Why don’t we call it presenting yourself to the world. I don’t know. call
it whatever you want to call it. But make it a game, don’t make it an activity that
you know, kids are going to get marked on or, you know. We want to make it fun for our
children and so we take the emphasis away from public speaking more towards to having
fun and we do this by changing the name then we should do that. Number 2. Less study, more practice. I did
high school. Am 25. I might look, my young looks, I might look 15, but am 25. I did high
school and we studied speeches in high school. And what do you do when you learn about public
speaking? You sit down and you watch some of the great speeches of all time. You watch
Martin Luther king Jr, I have a dream. You watch all these great speeches and then what
you do, you go through and you analyze the technique. And then what’s the goal of the
class, the end of the class you have to get up in front of everyone and you have to deliver
a speech. This is mayhem to me. We sit down through multiple classes and study the best,
the best speeches in the world. The speeches that changed the entire world. And then we
don’t give kids any practice, and we expect them to get up and be confident in front of
a crowd, to give the speech, the first one, and we are going to mark them on this one
speech. So take away some of the study. And put in
more practice. Let’s get them out, let’s get the speaking. Let’s study once they
are already confident at speaking, well then we study technique.
Technique, we put too much focus on technique. I did a video, a pod cast, an article on how
public speaking rubric. Which is a measuring scale that measures technique. It’s actually
hindering our children, hindering our students and stopping them of becoming professional,
not professional, confident speakers. So by doing less study and by doing more practice
kids are going to get there. They are going to get more confident and more excited. Public
speaking I found it very helpful to think like, public speaking, like riding a bike
and then you need to get out you need to do it in order to get it better. Tip number 3 is smaller groups. So what do
we do, we do our study and then get kids to get up in front the entire crowd and give
a speech. But if you have a large class, maybe you have got 30, or even if you just got a
small class, break it up into smaller groups have kids present to one person. Or 2 people,
3 people. But have them present them to small groups who can give then a positive feedback
and they can fail in front of few people rather than fail in front of everyone so by making
the groups smaller we get more practice and its Less confrontational, so we are more likely
not have that fear of pubic speaking as we are growing up. Number 4 is impromptu games but you need to
be careful with impromptu games and you need to choose the ones that are fun and people
need to be comfortable and people need to be in comfortable situation that they can
have a laugh If they don’t get it right. So create a impromptu games that start of
really easy and so we built confidence and then we get into harder impromptu games, as
they become proficient public speakers. But impromptu games are great because I believe
on of the greatest fear of public speaking comes because we are scared when we are in
position when And we don’t know what we are going to say and we tumble or we have
a mistake or someone interrupts us, we are scared that everything is just going to fall
apart. But by creating, by teaching kids, to think on the spot, then we cans tart to
get over that fear. Number 5 is to teach them message before technique.
So, this is similar to less studying more practice, but I find that with public speaking
rubric and the way we are teaching our kids, we say, well; you open with an introduction,
and it should be 15 seconds long and then you go into this and you tell people what
the speech is going to be about and then you go into your speech and then you rap it up
at the end and then you give it a conclusion, and you need to look at the audience and you
need to do all these other things. So, it’s like trying to learn how to drive a car. How
do you learn?. You go to a car park where there is no cars at all and you just kind
of drive around a bit to get use to driving. Then you start indicating, looking in you
rear view mirror and then you start doing all these other things as well. We start slow
and we build up the technique as we go. If you want to be a race car driver then you
obviously need to learn a lot more car driving techniques than someone who just drives everyday,
just around the place, like I do. So with public speaking lets use the same
strategy to teach our students. Let’s get them to practice, let’s get them to learn
how to create a message that is worth listening to, get them to deliver it and then, as they
improved then we focus on technique. Don’t let the technique be first, or the message
be first, and leave that into practice. Number 6
It’s lots of positive feedback. There are so many people in this world that are going
to give your kids negative feedbacks. They are going to give them, constructive criticism
ort they may downright in soak your children. But there is not enough people who are building
our children up and who are giving them positive feedback.
So, yes we think we are helping out children by offering them constructive criticism, and
next time do this, but try to sandwich it in 2 positive comments. “You did this awesome,
you were so good when you got up and did this. You just might need to tweak this a little
bit and look at the crowd a bit more, but your conclusion was awesome, the way that
you said blahblahblah. That was amazing.” So what are we doing is giving a positive
feedback, squishing in a little bit of constructive criticism and then ending on positive feedback.
Or just give positive feedback. I find the best way to teach my kids, it’s to seriously,
just to tell them how awesome they are doing and encourage them to keep going and then
learn naturally. Public speaking you learn naturally, if you do it over and over again,
but if you don’t have somebody encouraging you, telling you that are doing a good job,
then you are unlikely to continue practicing. So positive feedback is massive. Number 7 is to use video. So, we are entering.
Well, we are in the information age, and the video is about to overtake text as the way,
major way people consume content. Well, yeah, that’s it. That’s the sentence.
So video is about to overtake text. And this is very important and a lot of people, even
my generation and people older than me think that this is not that important but it’s
is going to change everything. Because we are moving away from text and we are moving
towards video, moving towards audio. Because we now have the internet, we now have the
ban that to do that. So if you want your kids to be successful, than it’s a good idea
to start to teach them how to be comfortable in front of the camera.
Because think about it. When you are going to a job you will be going into conference
calls, you will be doing video chats, they might want to upload stuff on youtube, how
can they be confident doing that. If they going to be a musician they will have to get
up on stage and video camera is a great way to teach people how to do it. We can then
get them at an early age to watch themselves and listen to themselves. And you know how
we think: ‘oh gosh I sound so creepy, that is totally not me.’ We can get used to listening
to themselves, then their confidence is going to grow. That’s are my 7 tips for teaching public
speaking to kids. My 8th tip, which I have struggled to include,
but I believe, we shouldn’t mark kids on technique. That’s something for another
post, but public speaking is something that improve with time, something we get better
at. And I think we mark technique way too much and we don’t look at the message that
the kids are giving. We don’t teach them to think about the message, We don’t teach
them to create a message that’s worth listening to. We focus so heavily on the technique,
that you know, they are getting just so scared, because, we haven’t even thought them what
to say, let alone how to say it. So I think by removing the marking system, making public
speaking a game, making something that we do for fun, not something we are going to
mark you on and test you on and are going to say whether you are good enough and or
competent. Why don’t we just make public speaking something that we do, something that’s
fun, not something that’s tested. Because I think if we make something engaging, and
we motivate them to do it without a use of a test, then they are going to be more confident
at it. So there are my tips about teaching public
speaking to kids. You can get more video, audio and blog post like this by going to
the blog And if you have any thought or opinions on how we should
teach kids, or you have better ideas then me, or you disagree with something, then head
over to the blog and leave a comment. I am always open for discussion.

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    I'm teaching a public speaking class for the first time. So I was THRILLED when I found your channel! Fiiinnally something I can work with and include in my classroom. Thanks so much! If you have any recommendations for middle school kids, pleease let me know!

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    Terrific video with such helpful ideas. I have been asked to give some tips on public speaking to a group of young people between the ages of 10-16 who are all part of a 4-H club here in Colorado. I am really glad I watched this video before my time with them next week.

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    Isnt one of the 1st things about Public Speaking regarding Accents?I will not put this in front of my child because i do not want the poor english example to get set in his head

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    Watched this as an adult because I feel I'm so bad at public speaking that I might as well start at the kid level. Some of it seems like it would be good to apply to myself even at an adult level when learning. Thanks for sharing!

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    What a wonderful place to start planning my public speaking course for kids. My instincts are right in line with yours, so it was great to hear you confirm what I was planning to do. Looking forward to checking out your specific activity ideas.

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    Thanks, I agree with your tips so much. It's always sad to know the majority of us have a serious fear of public speaking and I am one of them. I wish I could have an experience like this instead of mostly techniques and pressure growing up. My kids are shy so I want them to learn drama, giving a monolog, or presenting (aka public speaking) so they have confidence, something I think that can help them overall in life.

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    Good tips. Hope teachers and parents take note of it. Learning to speak in Public is a basic requirement and is form of the the current age literacy.

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    Here is one interesting facebook page for "public speaking for kids".

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