Share These Wise Words on Public Speaking
Editor's Note: In our back-page advice column called Life Skills Made Easy, we tackle a different question each month, sourced straight from our Teen Advisory Board members--or your students! (They can go here to submit their questions.) The goal is to provide teens with the simple, doable strategies that will help them succeed in school and in life.
Public speaking is hard. In fact, it's cited as one of the biggest fears among all Americans! But the only way to get better is to face that fear head on. That's why this month's Life Skills Made Easy question, submitted by Karli, a Choices Teen Adviser and high school sophomore from Illinois, is so important:
Karli is not alone: For many teens, knowing that a speech is coming up can fuel intense anxiety and lead to procrastination. So we turned to seasoned public speaker Berna Anat for a few tips and tricks. As the former host of the Choices How to Deal video series and the current teen community manager at Instagram, Anat knows what it's like to be in front of a large audience, and we think the advice she gives in the magazine is stellar.
To hammer her message home, download the poster below (just click on the image) and hang it up in your classroom. It will remind teens of Anat's main tip--that practice, practice, practice is the key to a stress-free speech!
Public Speaking Resources from Choices magazine:
- Check out this month's Life Skills Made Easy story, How Can I Survive...Public Speaking?
- Read our Spotlight Survival Guide, which provides additional advice for teens preparing a speech, presentation, or performance!
More Wise Words Life Skills Posters from the Choices Ideabook:
- Wise Words on Social Skills
- Wise Words on Time Management
- Wise Words on Stress Management
- Wise Words on Group Projects