We offer occasional workshops on specific topics and can be hired in to present workshops to your group. Contact us today to discuss your needs at 214-972-8046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom Public Speaking Workshops
Options for ages 5-105
Whether you want a 3-hour workshop, a one-day intensive, an after school club, a mommy-and-me class, a 4-week to 13-week course, one-on-one training, or a teach-the-teacher series, we can create a program to meet your needs.
Let's have a conversation and we will put together a proposal that's just right for you or your organization.
Intro to Public Forum Debate
Recommended for ages 12-17
Prerequisite for Debate League club membership
In our Intro to Debate workshop, we use games, activities, and sparring to learn the relevant skills for debate, including speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as "flowing"), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, and determining what's relevant in material. Debate sparring sessions are short, fun, and easy debates on topics that don't require research, e.g., cats vs. dogs, laces vs. velcro, homeschool vs. public school, etc.
Visit the Debate tab on this website for information on our debate workshops and camps.
TED Talk Workshop
Recommended for ages 10-18
TED Talk speeches communicate ideas in short, powerful presentations. As they put it on their website, their events involve "carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that are idea-focused, and cover a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter."
In this intensive workshop, students will have a chance to develop a TED speech that can (optionally) be presented at "SLAM", our annual conference for our Speakers League and Debate League clubs, held on the second Saturday in June.
In this 10 session workshop we will cover:
- Selecting a topic that is meaningful for you
- Methods for structuring your talk
- Utilizing the projector with effective visual aids
- Physical presentation style
You will present your speech, or segments from it, frequently during the workshop session and receive constructive feedback from the coaches and fellow participants.
Upcoming or Ongoing Workshops
Plano, January - May 2019:
10 Sessions plus option to attend and present your "TED talk" at "SLAM", our Annual Convention/Regional Meet in the DFW area.
Class Dates: TBD
Recommended for ages 10-18.
Enrollment limited to 10 children
Tuition: $250 (includes SLAM entry and optional presentation of your "TED talk")
20% discount for members of Speakers League or Debate League.
Using a Teleprompter
Recommended for ages 10-18
In this 3-hour workshop we will learn the tricks and techniques used by newscasters, YouTube stars, and infomercial actors.
We will begin by going over what to focus on, for example, making it conversational, matching the proper energy and physicality to the script, and techniques to avoid looking like you are reading.
Participants will work with two scripts. One they will be familiar with, and one that they will read "cold." They will be filmed under three different scenarios: standing, sitting, and manipulating a prop.
After a short break, we will project and critique the films, then film once more.
Each participant's films will be made available to download as a .mov file after the workshop.
- IMPORTANT --> If you wear glasses for close or distant vision, please bring them.
- Wear business casual (or better) attire. Nothing odd or flashy. You should have well-groomed hair, too. Google “business casual,” if you are not sure what business casual is.
- You will be feeding the microphone(s) wires under your top so we can clip it to clothing near your chin. The microphone pack will clip on your wasteband, or you will put it in your pocket. Choose attire that will work with this, for example, don’t wear a dress.
- Enrolled students will receive a short script prior to the workshop. Make every effort to become familiar with your script before the workshop. You will be reading the lines on a teleprompter screen in front of the camera, but being very familiar with your lines gives you a chance to see how different (if at all) you sound reading a practiced vs. "cold" script.
- Know the meaning and pronunciation of all words in your lines. If you are not certain about them, ask someone, or look it up.
- Our teleprompter has voice recognition so it will go at your pace. No worries that it will scroll ahead of you.