It is inevitable for kids to be invited to give speeches in various school activities. It could be for graduation day, foundation day, teachers’ day and many others. If your child is invited to provide a speech in front of many people for the first time, it is both exciting and terrifying. You will feel excited since your child will finally be able to speak in front of a crowd, but also nervous that something might go wrong. To prepare your child for the big event, here are some tips for you to follow:
- Find a good material to be read. You can either create an original piece or look for a related piece. Make sure that it is not too long or too short. You can also ask the teacher if your child is allowed to read the piece or it has to be memorized. If memorized, then you need to spend more time practicing.
- Make sure that you practice all the details of the speech together. Take time to practice correct pronunciation, proper pauses, appropriate facial expressions and gestures. If there are mistakes, they have to be corrected.
- Do a stage rehearsal. This will help a lot to ease the tension of your child. There should be an actual practice on stage so that he or she will know how it feels to be there. If possible, you can practice in front of relatives to provide support and encouragement.
- Provide a backup copy. Whether the speech is memorized or read, you must give a backup copy for your child. Some words might be forgotten. Therefore, it pays a lot if a backup copy is hidden on the pocket. You should also be there during the actual speech to provide support and boost morale.
If this ends up in success, it will be a huge achievement for you and your child. You can also treat yourself to a Daniel Tosh June Bloom Tour if this endeavor is successful.