I can’t think of a single subject which is currently part of our schools curriculum which would play a more positive role in preparing a child to deal with life’s issues leadership roles, their moving into the wok force, facing interviews or entering university than Public Speaking.


Give your future a massive kick start by mastering this skill


It is an unfortunate coincidence that this year’s graduates must experience both elation and trepidation at the same time. While they rightfully deserve to bask in their academic accomplishments and celebrate, these young men and women must also confront one of our biggest fears as they prepare to interview for jobs or graduate school. Speaking in front of others can be terrifying, especially when your audience is very explicitly evaluating and judging you. As comedian Jerry Seinfeld once joked, “At a funeral, people would rather be in the casket than deliver the eulogy.” The fear of presenting in front of others can be very limiting — in terms of career and future.

The good news is that with practice and persistence nervous and novice graduates can become more confident and compelling.

“Ted Gibbs recently attended Morayfield State High School to present an educational to the year 10 and 11 aspiring leaders about the art of speech making and leadership. The year 11 students are currently undergoing preparations to contest the positions of: School Captains, Sports Captains, Cultural Captain and Prefects. Ted spoke with the students about the characteristics of an effective leader who inspires and actions change, about making first impressions and provided constructive advice for speech development and delivery. All of the students responded positively to Ted’s engaging and informative address and each of them commented to me at the conclusion of the session that he provided them with realistic and actionable advice. I highly recommend Ted’s services to anyone who wishes to develop the skills necessary to become a confident, persuasive and entertaining public speaker.”

Christine Tindall
Secondary Science Teacher & Year 11 Coordinator
Morayfield State High School