Teen Speaking Skills – Positive News!
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Four Teen Speaking Skills graduates, Hanrui Zhang, Austin Zhang, Megha Sanjiv, and Aisiri Murulidhar competed in the 2013 Encinitas Lions Club Speech Contest. They spoke on the topic How to Create and Keep Jobs in America. Congratulations to Austin Zhang for winning 1st place!
Seven Teen Speaking Skills graduates competed in the 2013 Del Mar Solana Beach Optimist Club’s Speech Contest. The topic this year was Why My Voice is Important. Congratulations to Aisiri Murulidhar for winning 1st place and Daniel Kalotov and Christin Lacey for winning 2nd place!
San Diego teenagers are becoming confident, effective communicators as they learn confidence, public speaking, and leadership skills by participating in the Teen Speaking Skills courses developed by Distinguished Toastmaster & Credentialed Teacher Kathleen Petrone. The three students pictured below began their first 8 week course in February 2011. Just 2 months later, they were competing and winning cash prizes in local speech competitions!
Teen Speaking Skills grads Hanrui, Austin, & Kevin won 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place, respectively, in the Del Mar Solana Beach Optimist Club’s Speech Contest on April 2, 2011. Hanrui competed at the Zone Level on April 16 and advanced to the final level of the competition on May 21. Hanrui won 3rd place at the San Diego District Level. Hanrui, Austin, and Kevin will graduate from the Teen Speaking Skills Advanced Class on June 5. Their next competition is at the San Diego County Fair on June 11. Good luck, advanced grads!
Can middle school and high school students use their voices to make a difference in our world? Absolutely! In this uplifting news article, find out how Teen Speaking Skills students use their public speaking skills to promote philanthropy by creating awareness and winning donations for their favorite charitable organizations. This article was published in the January 20, 2011 editions of the Carmel Valley News and the Del Mar Times.
Read about the January 2011 Teen Speaking Skills graduates, find out who won the Persuasive Charity Speech contest, and learn which charity received a donation from Teen Speaking Skills in the February 10, 2011 editions of the Carmel Valley News, the Del Mar Times, and the Solana Beach Sun.
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The following article was published in the October 22, 2010 edition of the Carmel Valley News.
Celebrating a Successful Youth Leadership Course in Carmel Valley, California
Next class is Nov. 6
After completing an eight week Youth Leadership Program in Carmel Valley during August and September, the teenagers who took the public speaking skills classes are not only communicating more effectively, but they have also gained more confidence in their speaking and leadership abilities. Although the majority of the students began the course feeling uncertain and inhibited, those initial fears quickly dissipated as the teens became actively engaged during the highly interactive sessions.
The course participants celebrated their achievements during a final showcase event held on Friday, October 15th at Pat & Oscar’s in Carmel Valley. For their final project the students presented persuasive charity speeches to recommend which charity should receive a $50 donation from the course instructors Kathleen Petrone and Jimmy Thai. The philanthropic focus was selected to help the students overcome any nervous feelings by focusing on the importance of their cause and conveying their message to the audience. Congratulations to Josh for winning the speech contest and earning a $50 donation for the World Wildlife Fund!
The eight week Youth Leadership Program was developed by Toastmasters International and is run by local Toastmasters who donate their time and talent to teach public speaking skills to students. Jimmy Thai is an accomplished, award winning Toastmaster who competed in the World Championship of Public Speaking at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention.
In addition to being to a Toastmasters Area Governor and the President of Hi Fi Speakers Toastmasters in Carmel Valley, Kathleen created Teen Speaking Skills to provide another program for teenagers who want to further develop and refine their public speaking skills. The mission of Teen Speaking Skills is creating confident communicators. Confidence is the key to helping teenagers communicate effectively and achieve their goals and dreams. The next Teen Speaking Skills class is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 6, 2010. For additional information, visit www.TeenSpeakingSkills.com.