Public Speaking for Kids

The Art of Choosing Children’s Speech Topics-Simplified!

Most people think the hardest part of a speech is either delivering or writing it. Actually, the hardest part is choosing a topic if you are given free reign to speak about whatever you want to.

Earlier this year we did a series of blog posts providing advice on how to help your child choose a speech topic. Now we would like to simplify that series and break our advice down into three easily digestible parts:

  1. Encourage your child to choose a topic they know about.
  2. Encourage your child to choose a topic that they know about and are passionate about.
  3. Encourage your child to choose a topic they know about, are passionate about and that the audience will care about.

Regarding 1: They do not have to be experts in the topic. Yes, it is advised that adults giving a speech should choose topics they are experts in. This is because we expect more information in an adult's speech and thus a more comprehensive approach to the subject. But with children we want them to write and deliver not only to impress an audience but also to boost their own learning and research skills. If they write about something they know but still need to investigate or research further they will develop such skills as opposed to just trying to wing it on the day- a dangerous habit to develop if children find it can work the first time they try it.

Regarding 2: If they are not passionate about it they will get bored of the topic before they have even finished writing it.

And finally, regarding 3: A group of Boy Scouts do not want to hear how amazing life is if you join Girl Guides. Make it relevant.

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Ideas for Kid's Speeches- Get those creative juices flowing

We regularly receive requests from children and their parents asking us to provide them with speech topics. Some go on to use these topics for school projects and competitions. Others simply want to see a list that will kick off a brainstorm for generating their own ideas.

Here are our latest speech topic examples:

It is/is not better to be different that to fit in with the crowd

Music makes life worthwhile

The age of consent is too low/too high

We need to create more awareness of autism in schools

No pair of trainers/holiday/mobile phone is ever worth the burden of debt

Our society focuses too much on accumulation of private wealth, not enough on social justice

The President/Prime Minister could become a tyrant like Coriolanus Snow

Pornography should/should not be illegal

Drugs should/ should not be legalised

The popularity of selfies indicates how self obsessed we are becoming

Facebook is/is not a safe and secure website for the under 16s

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Editing Kid's Speeches

 

Speeches are not rambles. Whilst we encourage children to have a platform to speak, we also encourage them to use that opportunity wisely. This is why speeches should not be diary entries. Remember, the speech is as much about the audience as it is about the speaker. The audience will need to be engaged by being asked questions, even rhetorical ones. They will need to be granted pauses in which to absorb what is being communicated to them.

In order to accommodate all this and much more it is essential that your child subjects their speech to an editing process. Editing is not only about shortening; it is also about improving.

Here are our tips for editing speeches:

  • Record your child rehearsing their speech: This way they will be able to hear from the perspective of the audience. It will be easier to discover unnecessary words or places where the pauses are too long or short. Your child will pick up more ways to improve their speech if they listen back to a recording than simply reading the speech on paper.
  • Test the length of the speech: If they have been given a time limit for the speech make sure it fits into that limit. Remember, the speech as it is written is not how it will be delivered. They need to allocate time for audience laughter, response to questions and also include a bit of time that might be required if they forget their lines and need a few seconds to get back on track.
  • Does the speech live up to its purpose? Whenever they are reading or recording a reading of their speech they should always ask this question. As in writing stories or essays, we can easily move away from the point we want to make. Make sure every argument is connected to the overall point they want to make. As they are editing they may find there are whole arguments they can remove because they do not add to their overall point of view.

Writing and editing speeches takes time, practise and patience. It is a skill that takes time to develop. But once your child masters it, doors will open for them that were once unimaginable.

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Public Speaking Topics For Kids Based on Pop Songs

Public speaking topics is a topic in its own right. There are various ways to approach choosing a speech topic and we have written about many of them as well as provided examples.

But part of public speaking for children is keeping it fun. You want to make sure, when you teach public speaking, that you and your children are having an enjoyable time. It is not to be treated like an extracurricular subject; it is an activity.

In order to keep public speaking fun we have devised a simple public speaking exercise for you. Ask your child to take the title of a popular song and use it as the topic/subject matter of a speech. The speech does not have to talk about any of the things the lyrics of the song do. It can go in any direction it wants so long as it is relevant to the title. Basically, your child will be interpreting the title of the song in their own way. If relevant, they can quote some lyrics from the song.

Here are a few example speech topics for kids, based on the above:

 

Never Say Never (Justin Bieber) - This could be a speech about not giving up and/or being open minded.

All You Need Is Love (The Beatles) - This could be a speech about the importance of having a loving family.

Black Or White (Michael Jackson) - This could be a speech about racism or racial unity.

I Believe I Can Fly (R.Kelly) - This could be a speech about ambition.

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) - This could be a speech about the tribulations and challenges of being a teenager.

The fun you can have with this is never-ending.  Finding a speech topic should never be a boring task ever again!

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Top Speeches For Kids Downloaded This Week (06/09/13)

1.Friends are life savers (For girls aged 7-9)

2.Photos are treasured memories (For girls aged 10-13)

3.Look on the bright side (For boys aged 10-13)

4.Sport brings us closer together (For boys aged 10-13)

5.The bumps in the road make the ride more fun (For boys aged 10-13)

 

Browse our full range of speeches here

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