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Public Speaker (Girl Scout Troop)

Be yourself and confident in a crowd, large or small and be able to get your message across in a strong, clear manner.

  • 1. Get a feel for performing solo Before you get started, try inviting someone who does frequent public speaking, to share tricks of the trade with you. Do one: a. Read aloud one monologue from three different plays b. Read aloud two political speeches c. Read aloud three poems or one short story
  • 2. Focus on body language Reinforce what you say with your facial expressions and body movements. They are just as important. Do one: a. Get a group together and play charades b. Videotape yourself miming one animal, one famous person, and one action c. Pretend an item is something else
  • 3. Find your voice Think about how the sound and tone of your voice can affect how people interpret what you are trying to tell them. Do one: a. Repeat one word, one sentence and one passage four times b. Tell your own story, from birth until now, in 60 seconds c. Practice impressions of three famous people
  • 4. Chose or create a piece to perform You should be getting comfortable with speaking and now it is time to find or write something at least 500 words to read or speak on. Do one: a. Write a speech about something you believe in b. Create a piece for a character c. Pick an existing piece
  • 5. Get Onstage Perform before and audience. Do one: a. Create a theater in your own home b. Perform at school c. Go to your audience