Head Start Public Speaking For Kids, Paula Howley, Devon Downie, Vancouver speaking for kids, kids public speaking expert

The 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking

The first time I heard about the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) and viewed what I consider to be the best winning speech ever (Darren LaCroix’s 2001 speech “Ouch!”) I was completely blown away.  I was insanely excited by the prospect of speaking a message as art.  I also thought in the back of my mind, “I could totally …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids, Paula Howley, Vancouver, West Vancouver

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids Gibsons Presentation Night

It’s said that public speaking is most people’s number 1 fear, eclipsing even death!  Comedian Jerry Seinfeld famously joked that more people would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy at a funeral!  No one ever died from public speaking so why this irrational fear? Well, we all fear judgement from our fellow humans.  We all fear tripping …

What are you so afraid of???

We are gearing up to do our THIRD presentation which is about FEAR.  Why are we talking about fear?  Because there is a lot of fear in the world about public speaking and in general, and talking about it can help us deal with that fear.  Also, sharing our fears is a good way to see that we are VERY …

Week 3- Head Start Public Speaking For Kids -Handshakes and Intros!

This week was fantastic! I’m so proud of how all the students have stepped up in both classes! In Sechelt we had presentations from Nigel, Meaghan, and Rathlin. It was obvious to me that Nigel had definitely matured since last year and so had Meg. Rathlin gave her first ever speech and surprised everyone by actually bringing in props! This …

IMPROV GAMES at Head Start Public Speaking For Kids

This year at Head Start Public Speaking For Kids, Improv Games are an awesome new addition!  Improv games are a tool we can use to make speaking in front of an audience, which can be kind of scary, a little easier. Every speaker, at some point, has forgotten part of their presentation and nobody likes standing on stage looking like …

Final Speech Presentation Night 2016 Part 2

Almost reluctant to post the last of the speeches because it means the year has drawn to a close.  Always bittersweet because I miss the kids.  Well, there’s always next year!  Until then, enjoy the last of these amazing speeches!   NIGEL WRIGHT – A Year’s Journey   Nigel is the kind of kid you want your daughter to grow …

Final Speech Presentation Night 2016!

  Every year a group of parents decides to entrust me with their children to help them discover more of themselves and be more comfortable in their own skin.  Every year I marvel at the miracles that transpire. These kids start out the year nervous, unsure, a little bit freaked out and some of them are frankly, terrified.  But slowly …

Year End Speeches From Awesome Kids!

A few weeks ago Head Start’s students gave their final presentations at the Sechelt Art Gallery to a packed house! Watching these students was a JOY.  Reflecting on how far they’ve come in the past year, I am so pleased with their progress.  I hope they are too. We had an amazing year.   Jillian and Nadia spoke for hundreds of …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids- Persuasion! Week 20 (and Paula’s parents stop by!)

    This week we had two special guests with us…. my mom and dad!  The kids were stellar and the parents were seriously impressed.  My dad commented: “I’ve been to quite a few Toastmasters meetings and those kids were as good as and even better than them!” Tell us something we don’t know! This week SIMON was back with the class …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids Week 11- Speech PAR-TAY!!!!

      PAR-TAY! It was a speech marathon this week and what a treat!  We had 3 speeches in Sechelt and 4 in Gibsons including an impromptu speech from Bridget!  It is so exciting watching you kids get better and better! In Sechelt our MC was Nadia who picked the super clever theme of B.C. Ferries!  Why is this …