Here is some information about your “Speak Out” Challenge! Workshop

So what happens at the workshop?

On the day you will learn how to speak in public and communicate easily with confidence and enjoyment.

The day is great fun, no boring lectures and very interactive, which means you will be practising the skills you are learning throughout the day.

How long will it last?

The workshop takes place at your school and it is a normal school day, lasting from first period to the end of the school day. You will have your breaks and lunch as normal.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Just your ideas – you don’t even need a notebook, as you will receive your own workbook to keep.

Taking part for the day means you will receive a special Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! certificate.

What happens if I am nervous?

Being nervous is normal, just another form of excitement. Most people learning a new skill are nervous at the beginning. You will discover as you start speaking in public that it gets easier and it is great fun.

How many times will I speak?

You will have the chance to speak several times, learning how to think quickly and finding out how to prepare a speech and deliver it. It is much easier than you think!

You will be asked to give a short speech about yourself, only a minute in length.

You will also have an opportunity to “Speak Out”, to give another speech on a subject that you feel really strongly about. You can talk about anything you want.

So why not start to think about things that motivate you, maybe something you want to change or an issue that is important to you. It is your choice, you can talk about anything YOU want.

How many take part?

Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! is open to between 25 students and up to the whole of Year 10! It is up to your school to pick the students taking part, so why not tell your teacher now that you are up for it and book your place.

Is there a competition as well as the training?

The training is the most important part of the day, but there is a competition as well. Everyone will take part in the afternoon and give their “Speak Out” speech. There will be special certificates for Highly Commended, 3rd, 2nd and 1st.

Note: Often it is the students who are the quietest or the shyest that get the most from the workshops and make the most progress.

Do the winners go forward to anything else?

First of all there is the “Speak Out” Assembly at your school, then the winner and sometimes the runner-up will go forward to their Regional Final (there are cash value vouchers as prizes), and a chance to “Speak Out” in front of the Mayor, politicians and all your family and friends.

Even if you don’t win at your school you can come along and support your friends.

15 Speakers will then go forward to the Grand Final, which takes place at a central London location on 3rd July 2017 (date TBC).

Who is paying for all this?

A great guy called Sir Jack Petchey is sponsoring the whole lot, half a MILLION pounds! He feels that these are essential skills that everyone deserves to learn.

When is my school taking part?

Have a look at the events schedule on our homepage or get your school to contact us and you can start looking forward to taking the “Challenge!

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