Public speaking skills changed my world!
When I was 16 years old, the only direction I had in life was directions to next weekend’s party. I got all my confidence from lipstick and liquor.
Luckily for me, a teacher saw something in me and encouraged me to enter a public speaking contest.
For the first time ever, I really thought about what was important to me and what I wanted to say to the world. Then, writing that speech and practising it tested my diligence.
But delivering it publicly, sharing my thoughts with a crowd of strangers, changed everything. Getting up on stage and sharing myself gave me the confidence to do hard, scary things.
Public speaking changed the way I thought about myself forever.
And being able to give that gift to kids now is three galaxies past sublime.
Public speaking is the most common fear in the world. It holds people back from so much in life. But this fear can understood and walked through. And that’s the process at Head Start Public Speaking For Kids.
Kids are fun. I’m immature. We get each other.
Kids are fun and I like hanging around with them. I also LOVE helping them become the best version of themselves.
Have you ever seen someone who is afraid and unsure of themselves become a person who understands that their voice is important and isn’t afraid to use it? It is AWESOME in the truest sense of the word.
I’ll never forget Ella. She was 14 and had very little confidence when we started working together. But slowly she found her groove. When she and I finished she told me…
“I’m trying out for the lead in the school play! I never would have done that before this opportunity Paula.”
Are you kidding me? I LIVE for this stuff!!!!
I know a couple of things…
8 years in Toastmasters International – Advanced Leader & Communicator
Youth Leadership Coordinator for Toastmasters District 96, 2014-2016
Coached by numerous World Champions of Public Speaking
Level 1 & 2 Coaching certification from the Canadian Coaching Federation.
Former gymnastics coach with the Niagara Falls Lightning Gymnastics Club
I’ve won a few awards…
Sechelt & District Chamber Business Excellence Award 2016/17 – Home Based Business
Toastmasters (TM) 2014 2nd place Vancouver International Speech Competition (ISC)
TM 2013 2nd place Vancouver ISC
TM 2012 1st place Vancouver ISC
TM 2012 Top Ten Finalist in British Columbia ISC
TM 2012 1st place Sunshine Coast ISC
TM 2011 1st place Vancouver Humorous Speech Competition
TM 2011 3rd place British Columbia HSC
2012 Outstanding Toastmaster Award
About me, personally
Originally from Windsor Ontario, I’ve been on the Coast with my husband Lloyd for 14 years so only 11 more years until I’m considered a local. Lloyd works for BC Ferries, has a property maintenance business and is a wood carver in the Kwakwak’wa tradition.
We have a 10 year old daughter, Meaghan who is a firecracker. I call her ‘indefatigable-on-steroids’. She’s pretty awesome.
Here’s my pride and joy Meaghan, at only 6 years old giving a kids’ humorous speech for a crowd of 60 at a Storytelling Event. I was proud to coach such a great student!