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Why Public Speaking is Critical to Your Child’s Future and How Theatre Can Help Develop this Skill

by Deborah Song

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3. Your child will become aware of the audience’s response. A public speaker too focused on content and delivery may very well be speaking to an empty room. An effective public speaker develops an awareness of how the audience is responding. A big part theatre and public speaking is developing a relationship with the audience. The relationship must be built on trust, respect, information and mutual interaction.

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4. Your child will learn to develop a presence. The word “acting” is a little misleading because good actors, as well as speakers, don’t pretend. They offer their true self to the audience. In order to develop this kind of charisma, you need to become comfortable being in the spotlight. And the precursor to being comfortable on stage means accepting your central role without deprecation. Some presenters are uncomfortable with that level of scrutiny because they don’t believe their level of expertise warrants such attention. But if you can’t confidently own the space that was given you, you won’t be able to share your message to the world. One easy way for kids to give themselves permission to be the center of attention is to dress the part. Dressing for success helps a speaker accept he is the attention-deserving star of the moment.

 

5. Theatre can teach your child the importance of body language. It’s true what they say about communication: most of it isn’t done verbally, but through body language. Theatre can help you use the space, whether it’s to decrease distance or increase the space between you and the audience, gesticulate with hands and arms, or even by granting your voice the proper space through pauses so the weight of what’s been spoken can settle.

Deborah Song is the founder of travelbyword.com, a cruelty-free company committed to creating travel accessories that help travelers journey with ease, efficiency and elegance. She loves to travel the globe in pursuit of good food, wider life perspectives and great adventure stories with her kids. Deborah is a Canadian-born, mompreneur and Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master’s in journalism from New York University. You can find her travel stories at www.blog/travelbyword.com.

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