No matter your age, for most people public speaking is an overwhelming and even terrifying thought.
It’s because of this that one of our main goals at Drama Kids International is to help children improve their public speaking and communication skills, while also increasing self-confidence and self-esteem through drama-related activities.
Why Public Speaking Skills Are Important for Kids
There is no way around it: Public speaking will always play a vital role in helping our children develop and build up much-needed life skills. These skills can include being able to analyze a topic, thinking logically, creating meaningful sentences and presenting thoughts in a clear manner when in front of an audience.
Yes, confidence and public speaking are closely related. The more comfortable children become with public speaking, the more you will begin to see dramatic improvements in self-confidence. These skills and high levels of confidence directly impact how capable they are when facing challenges in the future.
Some Practical Public Speaking Tips
There are many ways for your child to improve his or her public speaking skills. It’s important to know that most are afraid of public speaking because they are not prepared.
Here are 20 of our favorite public speaking tips for kids:
- Make sure goals are being set up for the presentation.
- Decide what is interesting and what isn’t.
- Have some passion for the subject or topic.
- Do not read the entire speech or spiel from a paper.
- Do have a cheat sheet/notes to help you stick to the key points.
- Always practice a speech or presentation before giving it.
- Film yourself and review the video, looking for things that were done well and those that need improvement.
- Accept that being nervous or anxious about public speaking is very normal.
- Tell stories that can help catch the attention of your audience and bolster the main message.
- Come up with your own public speaking style.
- Avoid filler words like “basically,” “well” and “um.”
- Use your tone, volume and speaking speed to help keep the audience engaged and interested.
- Never underestimate the power of laughter as an icebreaker.
- Practice in front of family and ask for their feedback.
- Remember that no presentation will be perfect, no matter who is giving it.
- Keep your main points and ideas memorable.
- Volunteer to speak in front of the class or others for some valuable practice.
- Study up on others’ public speaking styles.
- Talk to someone about your public speaking fears.
- Smile to help convey warmth and make others more receptive to you.
There are many more opportunities for personal growth for children involved with Drama Kids International besides those listed here. Interested in learning about what our programs can offer your child? Click here to learn more!