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 …

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- A Night at the Improv!

Hello Head Starters! Last week was an unusual week. Half of our students were riding horses in exams or playing pianos.  That’s what happens when you have such a talented group of people in your class. Our theme this week was Geography and Annalisa was our Captain.  Literally.  Annalisa wore a captain’s hat and took us on trips around the world. …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids- RYLA!!!

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting and working with 100 of the top dynamic young leaders in British Columbia!  Each year, thousands of young people participate in the RYLA program. This is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary clubs around the world where young people are sponsored by Rotary clubs to attend an event run by the club’s district …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids-Painting Pictures with Words

Today we had Simon as our MC and it was Hockey Night in Canada!  Simon is a hockey fanatic and challenged us to pronounce some of the more difficult names of some NHL hockey players. This was a great exercise because you never know who you’ll be introducing as an MC.  Excellent foresight Simon!  Well done! We also had three veteran …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids- Stage Time, Stage Time, Stage Time!

Today we watched a World Champion of Public Speaking get on the stage for the very first time.  No, it wasn’t someone from Head Start, though I don’t doubt one of you will be up there one day!   We watched Darren LaCroix back when he was a wannabe comedian in 1992. Luckily for us, he had somebody video record his first …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids- Week 10- Opening and Closing Your Speech! p.s. no Snorefests!

Off the charts FUN! Our M.C. Annalisa went to great lengths this week with her clever theme – “Famous People”.  There is SO much you can do with this and did she ever!  Annalisa made little cards with a wide variety of famous people represented and everyone pulled a card out of a Christmas hat.  It was absolute hilarity as …

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids- Week 6-the Cataclysmic Candy Shop! Using Your Senses!

  This week we did one of my favourite exercises- we went to a candy shop!  Well, only in our minds.  ha ha. We talked about how important the senses are when writing and to stretch our imagination muscles, we went to a candy shop and described all the things we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and felt.  Man, we have …

Ryan Avery – Trust is a Must

Ryan Avery was a 24 year old working at Oregon Special Olympics when a friend sent him this life changing text:   Ryan says:  I had a good friend send me a text message that asked me what the hardest task I have had to accomplish. I couldn’t give him an answer I felt had merit. I was lying in …