Sydney❜s Best Public Speaking Schools For Kids And Teens
There’s no denying that public speaking is terrifying. In fact, 75 percent of the world’s population is afraid of speaking in public. The thought of standing up and speaking in front of a group of strangers has become so distressing to us, that they’ve even coined a term to describe it: Glossophobia. Also referred to as speech anxiety, Glossophobia is a fear of public speaking and affects both adults and children.
Unfortunately, public speaking is a part of every Australian child’s education, so the chances are your little one will have to speak in public throughout their years at school and university. To give them a helping hand in this department, Sydney has a number of public speaking schools geared towards giving little ones the confidence they need to strut their stuff on stage.
Here’s our pick of the best public-speaking schools in Sydney.
Sydney's Top 5 Public Speaking Schools For Kids And Teens
1. Speaking Schools Australasia
Providing a nurturing environment for primary and high school students, Speaking Schools Australasia is one of Sydney’s most distinguished public speaking schools. In fact, they won the North Shore Local Business Award for Outstanding Education Service! Their programs are designed to equip students with the tools they need to overcome any fears and express themselves with confidence. Speaking Schools Australasia believes in learning by doing and encourages all students to get up and get out of their comfort zones. There is a diverse variety of debating and public speaking courses and workshops open to anyone from K - Year 9 of all experience levels on offer.
Speaking Schools Australasia also runs a range of term programs in partnership with coaching colleges across Sydney, so get in touch if you're interested in getting involved!
2. Super Speak
One of Sydney's favourite public speaking programs, Super Speak runs high-energy public speaking and presentation skills programs for children aged 6-14. Established in 2006, Super Speak’s award-winning, fun and interactive online group courses are open to young people across Sydney. Boost your child’s confidence and communication skills through this teacher-led public speaking and presentation skills program. Super Speak’s experienced teaching team are some of Australia’s most experienced educators. They are qualified, skilled and supported by Principal Vicki Skyring (BA, BEd, ATCL, LTCL, Trinity College London). You can rest assured your child is in the best hands!
Super Speak runs live and interactive weekly classes online in small groups for children across Sydney. Classes are appropriate for children of all confidence and skill levels. Enrolments are now open so get in touch to secure a place for your child.
3. The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio
If your child hates the idea of speaking in front of strangers, drama class is an excellent avenue to help conquer their fear. The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio offer Speech classes, plus Kidz On Stage Drama classes. This performance-based drama program is fun, high energy, and highly effective. Delivered by accomplished tutors, Hennessy’s drama classes encourage kids to step out of their shells and perform alongside their peers. This style of tutelage inspires students to express themselves in creative ways, which in turn can bolster their self-confidence.
The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio also runs its Hennessy Speech program, which tailors classes for kindergarten students right up to high school students. These hands-on classes improve overall confidence through teachings such as conversation skills, presentation skills, storytelling and improvisation, correct breathing techniques, speech theory, reading out loud, and research skills.
4. NIDA Public Speaking Course
Children in Years 4 to 6 can strengthen their speech and communication skills at NIDA's Public Speaking Course. Run across 4 terms throughout the year, NIDA teaches students the value of being a strong communicator and how to develop this skill through the use of strategic frameworks including improvisation and presentation, voice and movement, devising and contemporary practice, and script work and staging. The course also teaches students valuable life skills such as physical preparation for more formal settings and idea generation.
5. SpeakOut School
Run by professional public speaking coach, Katharine Collins, SpeakOut School is a school holiday program for students from Year 3 up to Year 12. Designed to bolster self-esteem in order to prepare students for future public speaking as well as adult life, SpeakOut School is a great program for kids who are battling with self-esteem issues and speaking in public. As a TEDx speaker coach and qualified counselor, Katharine believes that anyone can overcome a fear of public speaking and is passionate about teaching children this important life skill. SpeakOut School offers both 1- and 2-day courses for children.
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