Public speaking

Public speaking is considered as one of the most important life skills. The goal of our public speaking program is to help young speakers become comfortable at standing in front of others and expressing an idea clearly. This program is designed for kids in Grade 5-12. They will learn the principles of public speaking (prepared and impromptu), including effective delivery, being persuasive, and writing speeches. This program serves as a good foundation to debating and class presentations. A session of public speaking classes will enable the students to develop important skills that will help them in and outside of school, which include:

  • Organizing and structuring a talk/speech
  • Effective body language
  • Presentation and delivery strategies
  • Speech writing and voice coaching
  • Engaging audience and keeping their attention
  • Effective use of humor
  • Adjusting one’s speech based on audience

Our teachers: 

Harry has been a public speaking coach for children and youth for the past 7 years. Growing up in Ottawa, he felt that there was not enough opportunity at school to practice communication and leadership skills. Seeking such opportunities led him to wonderful experiences such as becoming student president of his high school, winning a Canadian Parliamentary debate tournament, and delivering a TEDx talk. In particular, he developed a love for public speaking. From then on, he has helped many children and youth in his community to develop their own communication skills. Although he moved away from Ottawa to attend the University of Waterloo, he has found no shortage of motivated students in the Waterloo community as well!

Ryan. B grew up in Waterloo, Ontario adoring public speaking. Every chance he got, he took the opportunity to give a presentation to his class, and eventually, gave a speech to his entire class as Valedictorian of Bluevale Collegiate Institute. He is currently in his second year at the University of Waterloo working towards a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and preparing to start his own company educating others about peace and conflict. Throughout his university life, Ryan has attended Toastmasters meetings, won 2 regional speech competitions and 1 regional evaluation competition, and placed second in the area evaluation competition. As well, he was Vice President of Education at his club for 8 months, and is completing his first year as club President. Most importantly, Ryan loves to incorporate positivity, humour, and insight into his public speaking teaching. Ryan also loves cross-country running (trail running of course) and spends as much time as he can playing with his 9-year old brother. Ryan believes that the best teachers help students learn what they were expecting to learn, and especially things they weren’t expecting to learn, both of which they carry and use for the rest of their lives.

Annie. Z is a BCS and BBA double degree candidate at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. She has over 11 years of teaching experience working with children and youth in areas including public speaking, English, and music. She has had the privilege of developing her public speaking skills through Debate and Model United Nations at both the high school and university levels. In the past year, Annie has joined Toastmasters International where she is currently working towards her second Pathway in her DTM designation. She has also consistently placed top 3 at the club, area, and district level in the International Speech Contest and Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) Contest. In her free time, you can find Annie honing her public speaking skills at various speaking engagements, playing the piano, and working on her nonprofit organization.

M.Collins  grew up in the small town of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador where she graduated first in her class. She moved to Ontario in 2016 to attend the University of Waterloo to pursue an Honors degree in Biomedical Engineering having won the 2016 Schulich Leader Scholarship valued at $80,000.00. Throughout high school, she competed in over 20 public speaking competitions at the regional, provincial and national level in both English and French. She competed at the National Canadian Parents for French competition on two occasions, and at the Skills Canada National Prepared Speed competition for three consecutive years. At Skills Canada, she is a two-time National Bronze Medalist (2014&2015) and won the National Gold Medal in 2016. She enjoys sharing the knowledge she has learned throughout her competition experience with her students!

A. Sridhar is an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He has been honing his public speaking skills from an early age, having been a spokesperson for numerous organizations he’s volunteered at - speaking about youth-related issues and organizational goals to audiences that have included singers, mayors, and Ministers of Parliament (MPs). In the past, he has represented Ontario at the national level in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets / Toastmasters International Effective Speaking Competition, after winning the local and provincial rounds. While a part of Toastmasters International for a brief period, he consistently won the local Impromptu Speech Competitions. More recently, he has won the Waterloo Engineering Consulting Competition on multiple occasions, going on to represent his university at the provincial level. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering, flying, spending time with friends and family, and working on his startup.


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