Re: Communications Training (spinoff of Announcements Song)
- --- In email@example.com, "Debbie Beer" <beer@c...> wrote:
> I really do think that we need to prepare our scouts to be publicspeakers.
Being a very shy person, I've always credited the fact that I was
involved in Boy Scouts as a youth and had to get in front of my troop
as a PL and later SPL, as well as an English teacher in high school
who felt the best way to learn to give speeches was to do a lot of
them with my ability to get up in front of a group and speak.
For most people, they have to go thru Dale Carnegie or Toastmasters
to get the same benefits I got as a youth... (and I've gone thru
Dale Carnegie and have joined Toastmasters).
SW Florida Council
- I had a boy join my troop who had a very serious public speaking
problem. Not only did he studder, but he also had the habit of
never lifting his head to talk to someone (constantly talking to the
floor instead of the person). He ended up overcoming his speaking
problems, mostly, and becoming, after a few years, one of our better
(It's nice when you have a success story)
Public speaking is one of the most feared, and often most important
skill that people need in business and other organizations, like
Scouting. I strongly agree that we need to encourage our youth to take
every opportunity to become comfortable speaking in front of other
In our Troop, we rotate the responsibility of Master of Ceremonies at
our quarterly Court of Honor to give different youth the opportunity to
be up front of the crowd. We also provide them support as they
An organization that I also belong to is Toastmasters
<http://www.toastmasters.org/>. They have a program called the Youth
Leadership Program designed to help high school aged youth become
better speakers, and be more comfortable running meetings.
If you have a group of youth that would like to improve their
communications skills, or a group of Boy Scouts interested in working
on public Speaking and Communications Merit badges, I recommend Finding
a Toastmasters Club near you. They are an excellent resource for
communications training. Check out the website to find a club near
Of course, they are always looking for adults to join and work on their
communications and leadership skills as well :o)
Yours in Scouting,
--- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 13:38:51 -0500
From: "Debbie Beer" <beer@...>
Subject: Re: Communications Training (spinoff of Announcements Song)
I really do think that we need to prepare our scouts to be public
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