WHEN & WHERE ARE CLUB MEETINGS HELD?
Meeting times and locations are posted here. As we launch our first sessions this spring, we will offer one class per week, and will increase forums as membership grows. Please encourage your friends and classmates to join YoungSpeakers!™
WHAT IF I AM TERRIFIED OF PUBLIC SPEAKING?
YoungSpeakers™ founding principle is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for students with a fear of public speaking. We take small steps to get you as comfortable as possible until you overcome your fear. Since all YoungSpeakers™ members share a common goal of becoming confident public speakers, they make a wonderfully compassionate, supportive and encouraging audience.
HOW LARGE ARE GROUP SIZES?
We will limit the size of your group to accommodate your comfort level. We can start you off with a small group of just 2 or 3 people and gradually increase that number when you are completely comfortable.
WHAT IF I AM ALREADY A CONFIDENT PUBLIC SPEAKER?
Whether you are overcoming a fear of public speaking or simply would like to find a practice venue for your speaking skills, YoungSpeakers™ provides just the opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving their public speaking and interpersonal skills. We will work on a variety of skills for all speaking levels, including making eye contact, tempo and tone of speech, grammar, and overall body language.
WHO RUNS THE YOUNG SPEAKERS™ MEETINGS?
Jessie Levesque, a local Language Arts, Poetry, Creative Writing, and Speech & Debate teacher, will facilitate the spring sessions. Jessie has taught middle school students at the Park City Day School since 2011. She also leads trips for the school’s Outdoor Education program, heads up the Yearbook Committee and co-teaches a team of middle school students who produce and promote an annual local TEDx outreach event in Park City.
HOW DOES YOUNGSPEAKERS™ DIFFER FROM TOASTMASTERS®?
With nearly 16,000 clubs in 142 countries, Toastmasters® is by far the leading organization for practicing and honing public speaking skills. While Toastmasters® membership is open to anyone, its membership skews towards career-oriented adults. YoungSpeakers™ caters to middle and high school age students and provides a less formal and more age-appropriate environment.
WILL I GROW OUT OF MY FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AS I GET OLDER?
Because making presentations in front of classmates and colleagues becomes increasingly important as you continue your education and professional life, you may actually encounter increased anxiety and avoidance of public speaking. Therefore, confronting your fears is a great way to overcome them.
WHAT ABOUT SELF-HELP BOOKS ON PUBLIC SPEAKING?
There are countless books that provide helpful tips on public speaking, however, there is simply no substitute for actually doing it. Come join our fun and nurturing environment, and watch your skills grow!
WON’T I LEARN PUBLIC SPEAKING IN SCHOOL?
There is limited curriculum dedicated to improving public speaking for middle and high school students, and for those with a fear of public speaking, challenging social aspects can actually reinforce this fear. What can be helpful in school is to sign up for electives or extracurricular activities that include public speaking.