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In order to polish their public speaking, class members select three personally relevant quotes from a list. They then write a 1-1.5 minute speech for each quote that explains its relevance to them. The teacher selects the speech that each person presents and provides note cards on which to record key ideas for help at the podium. Learners peer evaluate and reflect on the feedback to identify ways of improving.
Our public speaking coach encourages us that it's okay to make mistakes; don't let that stop you! Go out on your way to public speaking knowing that it may not be perfect, but you are learning and you can still be effective.
A British man shows what people tend to do with their hands when they are nervous and first begin public speaking. He encourages the viewer to just leave your hands at your sides, and you will probably gesture normally as you begin to talk.
Watch Doug Jefferys present on presenting skills! From a conference-type venue, Jefferys speaks to an audience about the fear of public speaking and how to overcome it. He indirectly refers to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, making eye contact, pausing, body language, and more. A good amount of humor makes this video enjoyable and interesting.
Students develop their public speaking skills. In this public speaking instructional activity, students collaborate to write stories as their instructor walks them through the process. Students then present the stories before their classmates.
You want to make eye contact when speaking; not scanning so much, but randomly looking at various people. Your audience will feel a connection when eye contact is made. A British speaker demonstrates as he speaks to the camera.
Using a number sequence, a British speaker demonstrates that it is easier to follow a sequence when it is in order. A helpful hint is to write your speaking points on cards and mix them up to see what order works best.
This video is about vocal volume and inflection while presenting. Ironically, the sound is not the best since it is filmed outside, but the tips are helpful.
This video gives quick tips to know when presenting. It is a little outdated, but the tips are short and to the point.
When your audience leaves, you want to leave them with a strong impression. You can end with a summary or a call to action with practical steps. This is basically what our British speaker tells us, along with a few examples, in this quick clip.
Humor is relaxing and memorable. Here is a great tip on how to incorporate humor in your speeches.
Reduce the frequency of your filler words with this tip. Watch a British speech presenter model and explain.
According to this speaker, you have ten seconds to grab your audience's attention. Quotes, startling statistics, and audience participation all work great.
Do your middle or high schoolers struggle with speaking confidently for a long period of time? Use this public speaking lesson to show them how to organize ideas properly in order to convey a message when speaking in front of others. They perform their either/or speeches and critique one another.
Sharpen your class's public speaking skills by explaining connections between a famous quotation and their own lives. High schoolers lengthen their speaking time, organize ideas in outline form, and complete rubrics for peer feedback and evaluation. They also write and present speeches, develop public speaking skills, and apply quotations to their personal lives or to the life of someone they know.
Students, by understanding appropriate public speaking techniques, explore how to prepare and deliver a persuasive speech.
Students formulate an impromptu speech about a given topic. In this public speaking lesson, students choose a topic from a deck of pre-written index cards and quickly present an impromptu speech. Students use a rubric to review the expectations of their speech.
Students examine how can technology be used as an asset in public speaking. They develop their public speaking skills through the use of a PowerPoint presentation and integrate animation into their presentation.
Have your high schoolers practice their public speaking skills by writing an either/or speech. Individually, they complete an outline on what they want to discuss and give their speech to the class. To end the lesson, they complete a rubric for each speaker and offer constructive criticism.
Emerging orators distinguish between effective and ineffective public speaking strategies. They read a text that fits in with a Native Americans unit and speak about the text with both ineffective and effective volume, tone, phrasing, eye contact, and gestures. It's a silly way to illustrate how important effective speaking skills are, and it will definitely get your kids interested in the lesson!