2021 Winter – Public Speaking for High Schoolers


Public speaking is essential to one’s growth in our society. People must be able to get their message across to others. 

Unfortunately, according to the Book of Lists, public speaking ranks as the number one thing people fear the most, above even death. 

Therefore, It is important for high school students to acquire the skills of public speaking. Students at the high school level will face presentational situations in their classrooms, along with interviews for jobs, college admissions, and even scholarship opportunities.

This class will focus on both how to present to an audience, and how to craft an effective message for your audience. 

Skills covered will include:

  • Presentation preparation
  • Organization
  • Language use
  • Posture
  • Stance
  • Eye contact
  • Presentational voice
  • and various presentational styles

In addition to the standard public speaking skills, our current, online environment, brings with it many challenges that we do not face in person presentation. Predictions are that even after the pandemic, virtual meetings/classes will become more prevalent.  While students may not be new to online classes, they have not been taught how to best present themselves in an online environment. 

During this class, students will learn the necessary skills to prepare and present in the virtual space to assist them with the growing demands of high school and college preparation.

Course Features

  • Grade G9-G12
  • Max Enroll 10
  • Class Time 9:00 am – 10:30 am EST, Sundays (1/31 - 5/9, no class on 2/14, 3/28, 4/4)
  • Class Location Online
$300/12 Classes
Mrs. Kay has been teaching public speaking communication skills for over 35 years. She has taught at a variety of levels including 6th grade through college and continuing education courses. She has been awarded for her teaching and scholarship by local, regional and national professional speech communication organizations. Kay is currently the speech, debate and forensic teacher at Detroit Country Day School.