On the first Monday back next term, we will begin the Youth Leadership Course (Public Speaking). During the term, you will be required to write a number of speeches to present to an audience.
To get you started, you are required to write a speech about yourself over the holidays, and be ready to present it on the first Monday back.
Below are the requirements:
|Speech No. 1.
|Your first speech project is to introduce yourself to your teachers, coordinator and to your friends. Plan and prepare a speech by writing out the details on paper. Write your speech in a logical order, remembering to include an introduction, body and conclusion.
The best way to overcome nervousness is to be as prepared as you can be. After writing your speech and altering it until you are happy with its contents – Rehearse it! Practise your speech in front of a parent, a friend or even in front of the bathroom mirror.
|Timing 2 – 3 minutes||Time your speech carefully. The speech should be of 2 – 3 minutes duration. Be concise and to the point. We do not want to hear your life history. Include things that will be of interest to the audience such as your family, pets or hobbies. You could also tell us about ambitions for the future, for secondary school or for work.
Think of a title for your speech – see if you can come up with an interesting title, one that will capture the audience’s attention! You will need to advise the title of your speech to the coordinator on the day, so that you can be introduced to the lectern properly.
After you are introduced, walk up to the lectern quickly and confidently. Even if you are feeling a bit shy, pretend to be confident, put on your best smile, hold your shoulders back and walk straight to the lectern.
Shake hands with the M.C., if you are using notes, take time to put them on the lectern in the correct order.
There is no rush. Look up at the audience – and begin your speech. You are well on your way to completing your first assignment!