Which is Worse – Public Speaking…or Spiders?
When I was a primary school student, (and that was more than 3 decades ago mind you!), education in Singapore was quite different from what it is now.
For one, we actually have actual results and scores in our report book, even at primary 1. There were grades. There was streaming (eh hem EM1, EM2, EM3..?). Students were sorted into classes according to their academic calibre.
Our daughter’s report book can be confusing to read. What exactly do you mean by performing? What is the difference between accomplished and competent? In a bid to protect our children’s self esteem, we now deal with ambiguous terms.
Which isn’t to say that is a bad thing. It comes to show that the society is realising that success is not determined by how pretty your report book looks.
If you have worked long enough, you would have realised the most successful of your peers and colleagues are not those who did well in exams, but those who have the best communication skills.
Communication skills is vital in a workplace. Any workplace.
Almost every job requires you to speak. (Actually is there any that don’t? If you know of any, please ping us!)
This is why we are so hyped up about our latest collaboration with Speech Academy Asia, which allows us to incorporate public speaking class into our student care program.
We still cannot run away from chasing grades. But with this program, it can ensure that whilst preparing for the PSLE ultimate battle of the childhood, we can still ensure our littles are still honing their communication skills.
The benefits of public speaking run a long list, but the most important one of all would be it helps to build self-confidence. It helps you to become a more critical thinker, and hones your communication skills. It develops vocabulary and speech fluency.
You can easily take on a leadership position with confidence. You can motivate and inspire people. You can be a role model. You can change the world with words!
Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is a very common phobia. It is said that the fear of public speaking is worse than the fear of death (or spiders or heights)
This is why I’m thankful schools have started to place a strong emphasis on Show and Tell from a young age.
If you agree with us, and are keen to find our more about our student care x public speaking programs AND you stay in the extreme east or west of Singapore, do check out our page here.