23 Oct 2018

DEVELOPING PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN

Today, mastering public speaking is a competence which is already required in schools, in the same vein, the promotion of public speaking competence among school children is scarce.

School is not only a place where children learn reading, writing and math, it is also a place where they learn to get along with other people and develop social skills – skills that are needed to interact adaptively in a cultural environment. The capability to communicate competently is essential for personal contentment, academic achievement, and professional career success. Competent speakers are more successful in conveying their knowledge, ideas, and opinions because being able to communicate competently can enhance relationships with peers, parents, and teachers.

Presentation skills need to be nurtured from a young age, before the student really has an awareness of being in the spotlight and possibly being faced with stage fright. Public speaking and presentation skills could be fostered, to such an extent that it becomes a natural skill, it helps to create an awareness of vocal projection and most importantly, it helps to build confidence.

Children are born with innate social competencies just as they are born with other innate strengths and weaknesses in abilities such as attention, memory, language and motor skills. Although public speaking competence encompasses three underlying dimensions: knowledge, motivation, and skills and whether or not a person is able to give a public speech competently depend on their combination.

Educators play a vital role in helping students to learn and experience public speaking. Leadership in the community, business world or any organization demands effective presentation skills and leaders are expected to be able to make presentations without any reservations – the more reason why it is better to foster great presentation skills from a young age and right through our students’ school careers, is to ensure that they acquire a skill that will be very useful to them throughout their lives.

Some children are well endowed with social skills, popular and very well-liked by all or most of their peers some seem to be good at making friends and getting along with others, friendly and outgoing and always seem to be at ease around people. But other children are popular because they are out-spoken in school, on the school football team, play in a band, can draw very well or are really good-looking. Popular students they say are typically the leaders at school. They are self-confident and influential and behaviors hierarchically organized. This group of children usually comprises the majority of the students in a class and these likeable children feel good about how they relate to others but may, at times, worry about what their classmates think of them.

Good social skills require good communication skills because we communicate verbally and nonverbally, both of these types of skills contribute to how well students relate to their peers and to communicate competently, a child must be able to process the whole message sent by another and integrate the verbal and nonverbal components of the message.

Helping these children improve their communication skills can greatly improve their social skills and level of peer acceptance.

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