At every stage of their life, your kids will be using public speaking skills – from presentations and oral exams in school, to Zoom interviews and speeches in later life. The Ministry of Education has announced that in-person interviews for Direct School Admission (DSA) will resume in 2022. So good public speaking skills could be integral to helping your child get into the school of their choice.
And it’s not only at big, important moments that public speaking skills are important. When your children can express themselves well, they have an easier time making friends and getting along with the people around them. Public speaking helps kids learn to think on their feet and stand up for their point of view when they are faced with opposition. Public speaking also helps your children manage their fears and anxieties, and develop resilience.
Kelvin Tan, the co-founder of Speech Academy Asia, explains, “Public speaking skills are one of the key elements to developing a child’s social awareness and assertiveness.”
Public speaking skills extend past speech and words. Kelvin calls it B.E.S.T Speech-Linguistic Fundamentals. It stands for: body language, emotions, sentence structure, and tonality.
These different elements combine to create a good speaker. “For example, If you are telling a story, it helps to use hand gestures to show the movement of characters. Facial expressions and tone of voice help your audience feel as if they are in the story. And proper sentence structure enhances their understanding,” Kelvin shares. Some children are naturally more interested in speaking in public than others. But every child can develop better public speaking skills – even in primary school. Try these tips: