Imagine speaking to a room full of kids, with the awareness that everyone understands you and is impressed by how comfortable, confident and relaxed you seem.
This is an essential skill that great leaders and motivators through history have demonstrated which makes them stand out in a crowd. We have seen that a great communicator can unite people as well as be a motivator for great change, both positive and negative.
Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech inspired a nation to greatness. It created a following and broke down racial barriers.
Mahatma Gandhi’s talks on non-violent protest started a movement that freed a nation from the oppressive British rule.
Nelson Mandela created a strong message not only about ending the destructive system of apartheid in South Africa but also about creating a just and free society for all South Africans.
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address put him on the map for president and gave him an immortal place in history.
Hitler’s many speeches were delivered with extreme passion and caused possibly, one of the most horrific genocides of all time.
Creating motivated, outgoing, well-organized and confident children is the goal for Speaker trainer and Coach, Jean Crasta who has studied under the mentorship of John Maxwell.
She teaches students the skills to great communication and leadership skills. Students step out of their comfort zone, they learn to overcome nervousness when speaking in front of groups, to organize and present ideas logically and convincingly, to listen carefully to the ideas of other students, and offer helpful advice. All this, while having a great time in her sessions.
Some benefits of public speaking are:
Self-confidence: increasing your skill at communicating with others, automatically makes you confident around people, allowing you to get your idea out there. It also increases your skill at perceiving people’s reactions to your message.
All of us need to speak in public at some point in our lives. Teaching children this important skill, giving them the opportunity to practice helps them grow into confident adults. By becoming a confident public speaker a child is instantly put above many others who are afraid to speak in front of others. This cultivates a habit of grasping every opportunity that comes their way, with each small achievement helping to push your child to bigger successes.
As we see in our careers, every public speaking opportunity is an opportunity to grow your leadership, your influence proving to be stepping stones in your career path. Having the opportunity to influence people will put you in a position to create an impact in people’s lives
As history has shown us, people follow leaders who inspire them and leaders who communicate their ideas effectively. Being an effective communicator can help make you a great leader.