What advice would you give high school students who must stand and deliver behind a microphone?

What advice would you give high school students who must stand and deliver behind a microphone?

I know this will be a relief to you, but there is still time for you to lend me a hand.

As you read this, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on what I aim to be a great presentation on public speaking. At least, it will be that with your assistance.

My mission: Present to a group of high school leaders at an ASU leadership event. I presented there last year, and, given the shortness of memory, they have invited me to return.

The group I’ll be addressing is comprised of high school students. They will be participating in something called the Asian LEAD Academy (co-sponsored by the Arizona Asian American Bar Association). You can read more about the program here.

Before I presented last year, I asked folks what public speaking advice they’d offer. I ended up getting some great responses, which I shamelessly stole and wove into my presentation.

This year, my part of the leadership program is an hour and a half. 90 minutes. 9. 0. Help a fellow out.

So I restate my queries to you that to which so many readers responded:

  • What is your strongest piece of advice for someone who is hesitant to speak in front of a group?
  • What was your biggest obstacle to public speaking, and how did you overcome it?
  • What is your worst public speaking disaster story? And were you able to right that capsizing ship, or to learn something from the experience?

And I add one question:

  • What format works best to convey public speaking lessons?

Thanks! I will report back on the lessons that I—and the students—learned.