More and more parents also seem to be aware of its importance. Learning to speak in public builds communication skills and confidence and enables children to develop their ability to talk to people of all ages. Let’s face it, most of us have to speak publically on a daily basis, even if it is to the mums at the school gate. It is a skill that needs to be learnt and one that can be.
Do you remember being taught the art of public speaking at primary school? The answer is probably no, because I don’t believe it was a high priority on the curriculum. Unfortunately this is still the case in the majority of schools.
The great thing about my daughter’s school is they make it common practise for all children to learn to find and use their voices in a confident and clear way. They are often asked to stand up and read a poem or a piece of work in front of their class and also the whole school.
My eldest daughter is six. Since the age of four she has attended group drama lessons to build her confidence. I have actively encouraged her to get involved in anything that requires speaking in public. She recently performed at a Speech Festival at her school. She learnt a poem and had to recite it to a small audience. She felt nervous, which is a natural reaction to the situation she was in. How did she feel afterwards? Totally energised and proud of herself.
As her Mum I was of course very proud of her and gave her lots of positive feedback- essential for her confidence too.
We need to make the process fun and exciting for our children so that they want to speak out. It’s about practise rather than the theory.
The more we learn to speak in public the easier it becomes. It can become second nature for those who begin at a young age. We learn it as a skill naturally the more we do it.
Communicating is absolutely key to our development as a socially adaptable individual. We come into contact with strangers all the time. In a working environment we are often entering meetings or picking up the phone to someone we have never met before.
This is a fantastic video from Ryan Maclean. He gives his 7 top tips when it comes to teaching your kids public speaking. Fabulous!