Experienced Public Speaking

  • Experienced
  • 4 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop specific public speaking skills.

Over the September holidays, the focus will be on Speaking Manner.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide high school students with an opportunity to develop their skills in a novel public speaking setting.

  • Expose students to more advanced theory sessions that focus on a specific public speaking concept.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their speaking skills and receive feedback.

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Course Overview

Bookings for our Online Spring Workshops NOW OPEN!

As students progress through high school, they’re likely to come across many challenges – one of which will undoubtedly be public speaking.  Each of these opportunities to present will come with a unique set of circumstances, and it’s important that students are across a range of different speaking styles to meet the trials they’re almost certain to face.

Our Experienced Public Speaking program seeks to help students not only meet those trials, but to truly conquer them.  This program changes every holiday and places the focus on a different skill or type of public speaking, including:

  • Summer Holidays – Academic English Speeches;
  • Autumn Holidays – Impromptu Speeches;
  • Winter Holidays – Mock Trials; and
  • Spring Holidays – Speaking Manner.

Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these focuses a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!

As with all our programs, we make sure that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual, and that all the activities are lots of fun for all students. Every focus is a great opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of public speaking and build their confidence to take those challenges head-on.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our online programs work, please check out the below video!

When audiences listen to a speech, most of their attention – around 93% – is directed not to the actual words, but rather to the speaker’s physical and verbal manner.  Given this, it is crucial to get this part of public speaking right to ensure that any audience is listening.

Over the Spring holidays, our Public Speaking Hawks/Experienced Public Speaking workshop will be focusing on building our students’ speaking manner and helping them persuade their audiences using more interesting and engaging presentations.

Having students hone their manner and develop their own personal style of presentations is a powerful tool for building confidence and helping them feel comfortable in all speaking environments, allowing for them to thrive across a range situations. This workshop gives students the opportunities to try out a range of manner techniques and to hone their own presentation style and personal brand.

Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority.  This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.

We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely.  This is for three reasons:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Local transmission rates are currently low, and the Government is acting very cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, as are any known close contacts, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.

Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the three elements are:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using temperature checks and coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance, and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.

Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!

Our Experienced Public Speaking workshop is an experienced level program.

This program is meant for students with formal coaching in public speaking, rather than new students – we strongly recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Foundations of Public Speaking or Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday programs (or have previously completed an Experienced Public Speaking or Public Speaking Hawks program, and want to try a new focus);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs whilst in primary school, including our Public Speaking Parrots course;
  • they’ve received extensive training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive public speaking program (which they have completed).

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a debating program, or participating in a debating program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop.  They would be better off giving our Foundations of Public Speaking program a try.

If you’re not sure whether your child would be better suited for our Foundations of Public Speaking or Experienced Public Speaking program, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you!

Over the Speaking Manner program, students will:

  • look at examples of great physical and verbal manner, and what makes them so engaging;
  • spend time reflecting on their own abilities and how they might be able to improve their own speaking manner; and
  • have various opportunities to practice and receive feedback on their speaking style.

Revision of Fundamental Concepts

The program starts with a succinct (but important) revision of the essential concepts covered in our beginner level programs, including audience engagement and speech structure. This helps set students up for the rest of the program, and ensures that everyone starts on a similar level.


Laying Foundations

Students are taken through a range of different speech structures, each with their own advantages, with the view of getting students to think about engaging ways they might be able to deliver a presentation without worrying too much about their manner. Students are then given the opportunity to prepare a speech that will form the basis of their manner practice to come.


Physical + Verbal Manner

The bulk of the program relates to both physical manner (such as stance, eye contact and gestures) and verbal manner (such as tone, pace and clarity). Students participate in a range of activities relating to both concepts, covering not only how they make speeches more engaging, but how they might be able to implement them in practice.

Throughout this process, students are invited multiple times to go back to their original speech, so they are able to apply these newfound skills and build it into an even more interesting presentation!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Experienced Public Speaking class is 8 students with one coach.

If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!

After each program, students will go home with:

  • a feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which outlines what they’ve improved on during the course, and what they could continue to work on in the future;
  • a certificate recognising that they have completed the Experienced Public Speaking workshop;
  • a completed coursebook that contains all of the theory they’ve covered, as well as any notes that they’ve taken; and
  • a much better understanding of a specific skill associated with public speaking!

If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students move onto either:

Unfortunately, we don’t run any weekly public speaking programs for high school students – that said, if you think there is demand in your area, please get in touch, and we’ll see what we can do!

Course Reviews

My son really enjoyed the class. He said the teacher was great - he is humorous, vivid and knowledgeable! There was a point to learn behind each game they played. Also there was a structured notebook for them to write down the key points and strategies they learned. My boy said he had a great time!

Roz, Parent Experienced Public Speaking

My daughter thought her coach was very engaging, explained things well, gave useful comments and there the right balance of fun games and learning.

She came away with more confidence and some good ideas for improvement.

Belinda, Parent Experienced Public Speaking
  • After our Summer 2021 programs...

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students had fun!

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students felt their confidence improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students believed their argumentation improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students wanted to come back next time!