Do you remember the first time you had to speak in front of your class? your colleagues? Even a bunch of friends? It can be daunting. I know it was for me. So you can probably imagine how hard it is for your children. As a certified public speaking coach and an educator, I see it all the time. No-one wants to be judged by their peers, feel awkward or look silly. What happens if they forget their speech or get embarrassed? It can be a very scary experience, but there really are a few simple tools for making speaking in front of the class easier, and even fun! Added bonus: You get to do some of these together!
Control those nerves: Take a deep breath in for 3 seconds and breath out for 3 seconds….repeat.This really does calm the nerves of your children.
Talk it through: Have your child practice in front of a mirror or your family. The more they practice, the more at ease they will feel in front of others.
Video tape yourself: Use that social media as an educational tool. Videotape your child so they can watch their own playback. Remember to use positive reinforcements with them when giving them tips.
Be an ACTOR: Help them to pretend that they are on stage and are playing a character. Sometimes it is easier to act like someone else and feel confident if their nerves are getting the best of them.
Have Fun: Make sure that they know how proud you are of them. Presenting in front of a class is tough. If your child is having fun, their classmates will have fun watching them. The more energetic they are, the less their peers will notice any mistakes.
Be yourself: Let your child’s unique gifts shine through.
Remember…public speaking is as scary as getting a tooth pulled. Just being prepared can make it a little less painful!