How to Help Your Child With Preparations for Current Events and Toastmaster Speeches
1. Every oral presentation should begin with a "lead." A lead is an attention getter. It can be an anecdote, amusing story, a rhetorical question, etc. It grasps the attention of the audience.
2. After the lead the speaker should give the audience the thesis. The thesis is the main idea of the topic.
3. The speaker should then begin to develop the thesis with several main ideas related to the thesis.
4. The speaker should make eye contact with his/her audience.
5. Note cards should be used. Students should not write out the speech but rather put important notes on the cards that will jog their memory as to what he/she wishes to convey to the audience.
6. Near the end the speaker should begin to sum up what he/she has just said. Possibly restating or rephrasing the thesis would be a good idea.
7. Finally, a concluding statement, much like the lead. The concluding statement should make it clear that "business is concluded."
~Refrain from beginning a speech by saying, "I am going to speak about..."
~Refrain from ending a speech by saying, "I am done."
~It is important that students practice their speeches at home. It would be a good idea if they had an audience!