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Bypassing or conquering a fear of public speaking can position children to succeed on many levels in life.

Speakers League

Speakers League youth public speaking clubs are a fun, supportive environment where kids can become more comfortable and confident with public speaking. Members have opportunities for impromptu speaking, prepared speeches, peer-to-peer evaluation, and more. Enrollment accepted year-round, as long as there is space in the club.

Our goal with our Speakers League clubs is to develop the public speaking and leadership skills of kids aged 10 and up. (Serious-minded younger ones are welcome too. Click here to find out if your child is ready.) We welcome homeschoolers of every stripe. We have independent homeschoolers and families who have joined different public and private school programs. We are a very diverse group. Everyone is welcome.


Practical, hands-on experience is where real learning happens. In Speakers League, members jump in almost immediately to manage the meetings and present before the group. 


Speakers League clubs develop:

Presentation Techniques

Mental Agility

Meeting Management Skills

Critical Thinking

Leadership

Organizational Skills

Speech Writing Skills


Visit our Club Locator Map to find the club closest to you. You can also read more about what to expect and what to expect if you visit a club on our FAQ page.

If your child is high-functioning special needs, check out our Skill Builders club.


What happens at a typical Speakers League meeting?
 

Watch the 23-minute, annotated, meeting-highlight video, below, featuring kids in the South Bay club from May 2015. They range in age from 8 – 14. You’ll see how Speakers League provides training not only in presentation techniques, but also in leadership, meeting management, mental agility, critical thinking, and organization.


"Be on the lookout for Millennials who have participated in speech and debate training.  Hire them and put them on your leadership fast track."
- Robert Sher, “How to Find Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company.”
Forbes.com. March 2, 2014


What's involved?

Speakers League clubs meet for an hour and a half, twice per month, between September and May (plus our annual conference on the second Saturday in June). Members receive a 45-page member handbook with details on meetings and how to do the club roles. There are also training videos. Members are scheduled in advance for meeting roles and newer members start with easier roles like Timekeeper, and Vote Counter, as they familiarize themselves with the club. There is an adult supervisor, but the  kids essentially run the meetings themselves. 

As space permits, we accept new members throughout the year. 

Visit our FAQs, below, for more info. 

Join our mailing list, below, or at this link, to receive more details. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Click here for information on club dues and joining.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I visit the club before I decide about joining? If I visit, do I have to speak? What happens at a typical meeting? If I join, how will I know how to be the MC, or the Wordmaster, or an Evaluator, etc? How much homework/preparation time is involved? Who teaches me how to write speeches? How long does it take to complete each Level? I'm not ten, yet. Can I still join? I'll be turning 18 this year. Can I still join?

 

Club Locations Under Consideration

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Plano

Frisco

McKinney

Irving

Dallas

Mesquite

 

 

 

 


By deciding to join a Speakers League Club you are giving a gift to your child, positioning him or her to become a confident and poised leader of the future.


Skill Builders Speakers League, created for kids who need a little extra time or assistance. 

Learn more about Skill Builders 


Skill Builders Speakers League

Skill Builders clubs open the world of Speakers League to younger children and those who need a little extra time or assistance to master the speaking and leadership skills learned through Speakers League. While still structured, Skill Builders uses simpler materials, “how-to” sessions, necessary breaks, games, and object lessons that help to build comfort with public speaking.

Recommended for younger children (beginning around age 6), but also for older kids (up to age 17) who may be especially shy or have special needs. Must meet our Skill Builders readiness guidelines. Parent-participation may be required. Max age 17. Enrollment accepted year-round, as long as there is space in the club.

Club Locations Under Consideration
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Plano

Click here for more information about Skill Builders.

 


By deciding to join a Speakers League Club you are giving a gift to your child, positioning him or her to become a confident and poised leader of the future.


Research deeply. Think critically. Communicate persuasively.

Learn more about Debate League 

Debate League

We use debate sparring, games, activities, and individual and team debates to learn the relevant skills for Public Forum debate (a style focused on current events). This includes examining propositions, determining the issues at play, structuring cases and rebuttals, learning about effective cross-examination, conducting evidence research, summarizing the state of a debate, learning how to identify and combat logical fallacies, and understanding the elements of judging.

Recommended for children ages 12-17, though capable younger children may also join on a provisional basis. Enrollment accepted year-round, as long as there is space in the club.

Club Locations Under Consideration
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Plano

Frisco

McKinney

Irving

Dallas

Mesquite

Click here for more information about Debate League.

 


Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progress during adolescence, according to scientific studies. Bypassing or conquering a fear of public speaking can position children to succeed on many levels in life.


Build confidence and learn skills in
a supportive environment.

Learn more about Workshops 

Workshops

Learn new skills related to public speaking through one of our workshops. Current and past workshops have included:

Introduction to Public Speaking
Creating a TED Talk
How to Use a Teleprompter

Some workshops available for adults as well as children. Click here to learn more.