Public Speaking Hawks

  • Experienced
  • 2 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

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

Over the April holidays, the focus will be on Impromptu Speeches.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide 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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Location The King's School, Parramatta
Dates

20th April

21st April

Time

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

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Location The Shore School, North Sydney
Dates

23rd April

24th April

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9:00AM - 3:00PM

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2 Days

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Location Southern Cross College, Burwood
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23rd April

24th April

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9:00AM - 3:00PM

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2 Days

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Course Overview

The world of public speaking is vast – we all speak to audiences in a range of different circumstances, from a chat in the playground to school assemblies to workplace meetings.  Every presentation, impromptu or prepared, requires a wide range of different skills.  Our Public speaking Hawks program seeks to help students close those gaps and flourish in their own way.

This program changes every holiday, allowing students to practice and develop a much wider range of public speaking skills. Each break involves a different focus, from textual analysis to mock trials, where students will delve deep over the course of the two days, and emerge with a substantially better understanding of that concept (and public speaking more generally).

During the April holiday period, we will be providing a two day program which places the focus squarely on impromptu speeches.

Whilst touched upon in all our courses (including our beginner Public Speaking Hummingbirds program), impromptu speaking is a different skill to the type of prepared speeches that students are often taught.  Rather than giving students the opportunity to consider their topic well in advance of delivering their presentation, impromptu speeches involve giving students only a few minutes (if any time at all) to give a talk on a randomly allocated topic.

Learning to think on your feet, not to mention speaking with confidence under pressure, is an invaluable skill that benefits students in school, work and their social lives.  Impromptu speaking is one of the best ways to develop these skills.

Our Public Speaking Hawks workshop is an experienced level program.

Designed for students with at least some formal coaching in public speaking, we recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday program (or have previously done the Public Speaking Hawks program, and want to try one of the other focuses);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs, including our Wallabies or Parrot public speaking courses;
  • 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 likely be better off giving our Public Speaking Hummingbirds program a try.

If you have any questions about which program would best suit your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can help out!

This course seeks to assist students present solid impromptu speeches by:

  • teaching strategies that allow students to present speeches with minimal preparation time;
  • detailing potential structures that students can use to help develop impromptu speeches in a pinch; and
  • providing students with various opportunities to present to the group and receive individualised feedback.

Day #1

We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Public Speaking Hummingbirds program.  We then move onto the most common fundamental structure for impromptu speeches – the FAT method – and help students develop a range of concepts that they would be happy discussing as part of an unprepared speech.  The day concludes with a number of different speaking activities that consolidate these ideas, and help students reflect upon their impromptu speaking manner.

 

Day #2

The second day takes students through a range of different structures they might use in addition to the traditional IBC and FAT methods.  Students are shown how to adapt stimuli to topics they’re comfortable talking about, and given a wide range of opportunities to practice their impromptu speaking using real-world topics commonly used in public speaking competitions.

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Hawks 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 Public Speaking Hawks workshop;
  • a completed course book 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:

  • our Debating Hummingbirds program, which covers the fundamentals of debating – a very different presentation style to public speaking; or
  • doing our Public Speaking Hawks program again – the program changes every holidays, so students will learn something new every time that they do it!

Alternatively, if you’re keen on a weekly term program, we would recommend either our Debating Parrots program.  This program goes into more depth on policy debates, and will help students further flourish as speakers!

Course Reviews

It was very enjoyable and encouraging for kids to learn public speaking and the Australian legal system.

The topics were very good, and they taught it well.

Aman, Parent Public Speaking Hawks

The kids loved it!! The teacher was fantastic!

Lucy-Ellen, Parent Public Speaking Hawks