Junior Public Speaking Program (JPSP) – Grades 2 to 7
The JPSP is a program where we focus on the fun aspects of public speaking and instil children with confidence when it comes to speaking publicly.
The JPSP has been specifically designed to guide children and help them to realise that public speaking doesn’t have to be a frightening or traumatic experience! In fact, it can be quite good fun to be out in front of people and deliver an engaging speech.
We aim to help children deal with any nervousness early on and teach them how to use these feelings to their advantage. Some of the things that we focus on are:
- How our facial expressions affect our voice.
- Hearing the difference between shouting and voice projection which can get very loud and elicit lots of laughing! Children also learn how to have vocal variety, use inflexion, and use the powerful pause in presenting.
- How to communicate using body language, facial expressions and gestures when delivering a speech.
- How our posture can affect our confidence, therefore children are taught how to stand and walk with confidence when presenting.
- How to organise your thoughts to deliver an engaging speech.
- Writing their own stories as homework to aloud to the class. This stimulates the imagination and uses their newly acquired skills to do interpretive reading along with reading out other literary works, such as ‘Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham’, to further develop interpretive reading techniques.
- How to create oral rhyming stories to any single topic, i.e. donkey, cat, snake, house, zebra, mouse, etc. which encourages creative thought.
- Learn how to create written rhyming stories. The children will then create their own at home to read out to their peers which again encourages creative thought and supports interpretive reading abilities.
- Learn how to think on their feet and answer questions posed, such as, “If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?” or “If you could make three changes in the world, what would they be and why?”
- Confidently use a microphone when delivering a speech.
- Learn debating strategies that they will use throughout their school years, using just memory to rebut arguments; this is a fun exercise.
- Learn interviewing techniques.
- Discover how to write practical note and then use those notes to pitch for a role, for example, Class Captain (SRC), School Captain (School Leader), House Captain, and other leadership roles.
Students are given various roles in each session to begin the process of learning leadership skills which are, ‘Helpers, Filler Word Counters, Listeners, Deep Breathing Meditators and Mentors’.
In the JPSP, children begin learning the process of understanding how to give and receive constructive criticism using the P.I.P. method (Praise/Improve/Praise), which encourages them to learn how to critically listen and think in public speaking.
Our aim for all the children (on a long-term basis) is to promote the art of pubic speaking, which is the number one fear amongst many people, and help them to understand how they communicate from Grades 2-7.
Our children are more likely to develop self-awareness which, during their learning, encourages confidence. Confidence, in turn, improves self-esteem, and healthy self-esteem helps to promote good mental health and learning to speak publicly supports all of this.
The program is an ongoing one, with each session going for 60 minutes as an after-school elective each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 – 4:45 pm.
Adult & Professional Coaching
There are many reasons why you might want to find out how to public speak. Perhaps, you want to help drive a new start-up business or be a better presenter at work, or maybe, you are reentering the workforce from having extended time off and need to prepare for interviews. If you have a deep-rooted fear of getting up in front of a group of people and speaking, whether at a wedding, christening, funeral, or milestone birthday party, then you know how debilitating that can be. Facing this type of fear can be life changing.
After an initial consultation, we tailor a coaching program suited to your needs and objectives, time and budget. We can work on any area of communication that you would like to improve, such as improving your general communication skills, fine-tuning a business presentation you have to deliver, or perfecting a particular speech you are about to give.
Coaching is given over four to six hours between the hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Option 1: Half-day Workshop
Run in a small group environment of up to four people, where the participants can give presentations as well as receive some coaching on their presentation style. This workshop is more of an overview with guidance, with tips on how to be a more effective speaker, and is another effective way of developing self-confidence in your presentation abilities.
This workshop can be adapted to be more business-focused.
Session 1: How to breathe properly before delivering a speech
Session 2: Organising your thoughts and impromptu speaking
Session 3: Body language, eye contact, gestures, and facial expressions in speaking
Session 4: Vocal variety and the powerful pause and using visual aids in a presentation
Coaching is provided over 3½ hours between the hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Option 2: Full-day Workshop
Participants are given more intensive coaching as they deliver their speeches. The full-day workshop is more detailed, where we practice each aspect of public speaking in greater depth. To improve communication skills in a small group environment of up to four people is an effective way of developing self-confidence in your presentation abilities. Small group coaching sessions allow for members to give and receive feedback from each other, but also offers the opportunity for a more intensive individual coaching session.
This workshop can be adapted to be more business-focused.
Session 1: Introduction to public speaking
Session 2: How to breathe properly before delivering a speech
Session 3: Organising your thoughts and impromptu speaking
Session 4: Critical thinking and listening
Session 5: Body language, eye contact, gestures, and facial expressions in speaking
Session 6: Vocal variety and the powerful pause
Session 7: Using visual aids in your presentation
Coaching is provided over 7 hours between the hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Option 3: Small to Mid-sized Group Training
Weekly coaching to improve communication skills in a small to mid-sized group environment is an effective way of developing self-confidence in your presentation abilities. Working with up to 15 people allows the group to start presenting in front of an audience.
Coaching is provided over six two-hourly sessions between the hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Option 4: Mid-sized Group Workshop for Businesses
A single two-hour workshop giving an overview of the principles of public speaking. It promotes techniques on how to be more engaging, understanding what your body language, gestures, and facial expression tell your listeners about you, and how your audience is interpreting your tone of voice.
Working in a group of up to 30 people, staff will have the opportunity to learn about their own presentation techniques.Enquire Now