Public speaking for parents- practice what you preach
It is becoming all too easy for children to call adults hypocrites these days.
Be this a justified accusation or children just not understanding the concept of learning from other people’s mistakes, the point is adults have to be extra cautious to not come across as having double standards.
The simplest way to do this is to work with your child rather than telling them what to do.
Public speaking for kids is not like school. You can’t just yell “do your homework”. You have to take an active interest in it alongside your child, and do some of the work with them.
This will involve conducting public speaking games and researching and writing speeches with your child. But the simplest and perhaps most effective way to be involved in your child’s public speaking success is to speak to them every day. Use high quality language that is grammatically correct and speak to them with enthusiasm and passion. Encourage them to express their opinions and show them that you are listening.
Mothers pay close attention. Studies show that children learn most of their language and communication skills from you!
Be wary of your body language when you speak to your children too. If children don’t see you making eye contact with them when you talk they won’t make eye contact with their teachers, peers or their audience.
You may have to correct some of your own communication methods before you start helping your kids walk the path to public speaking success. There is no shame in this. This shows why public speaking for kids is such a fantastic endeavour: not only will it boost the quality of life for children but parents also.
At Public Speaking for Kids everyone is a winner!