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As John was about to begin his history presentation, he suddenly began to sweat profusely. His hands were slick with perspiration and he felt a sense of dread wash over him, as though he couldn’t recall a single thing about his topic. Glancing out at his classmates, his heart raced with terror. Despite his fear, John knew that he had to deliver the presentation in order to showcase all the hard work he had put into it. What John needed were public speaking skills.
Public speaking is an essential skill for every individual. Being able to communicate effectively with confidence and clarity is crucial in both personal and professional settings. However, mastering the art of public speaking is not an easy task, especially for K12 students, like John, who are just starting to explore their communication skills (Paradewari, 2017). In this article, we will discuss some practical ways to instill the art of public speaking in K12 students, helping them communicate with confidence and clarity.
Encourage children to face an audience from an early age
One of the best ways to teach K12 students to communicate with confidence is to train them to face an audience from a young age. Encourage them to participate in school plays, public speaking competitions, and debates. These activities allow students to build their confidence and learn how to present themselves in front of an audience. They also help students to learn the importance of preparation, practice, and feedback (Herbein et al., 2018).
Encourage them to participate in debates and discussions
Debates and discussions are excellent ways to help K12 students learn how to present their ideas and opinions in a structured and persuasive manner. Encouraging students to participate in debates and discussions helps them develop critical thinking skills and improve their communication skills (Shandilya, 2021).
Make a practice of communicating with the audience
Effective communication requires an understanding of the audience’s needs, interests, and expectations. Encourage students to practice communicating with different types of audiences, such as their peers, teachers, and parents. This will help them to develop their communication skills and learn how to adapt their messages to different audiences (Speaking schools, 2022).
Having a robust vocabulary is essential for effective communication. Encourage learners to acquire new words and practice using them in their everyday communication. Vocabulary-building can be made fun by playing word games and participating in vocabulary-building activities (Shandilya, 2021).
In conclusion, teaching students to communicate with confidence and clarity is essential for their personal and professional growth. At Morphoses, we train learners to face an audience from an early age, encouraging them to participate in debates and discussions, making a practice of communicating with different types of audiences, instilling reading habits, and building vocabulary. Therefore, we help them develop the essential skills they need to communicate effectively.
Let us help our learners become confident communicators and leaders of tomorrow!