To celebrate the completion of an eight-session public speaking skills course in Carmel Valley, the teenagers who participated will showcase their skills during their graduation ceremony on Jan. 29. With the support of their peers, the students have enjoyed practicing and improving their speaking, evaluation, and leadership skills during the highly interactive sessions.
During their graduation event the students will compete in a persuasive speaking contest to benefit a charitable organization. The students will present persuasive speeches to explain which charity is closest to their heart and why that charity deserves support. According to course instructor Kathleen Behrens, “Speaking from the heart is one of the greatest skills a speaker can possess. Having an outward focus not only assists students in overcoming nervousness, but also in realizing how powerful public speaking is as a tool they can use to make a difference in the world.”
In addition to showcasing their skills, the students will compete for first and second place prizes. The winner of the persuasive speaking contest will also earn the grand prize of 10 percent of the proceeds from this session of Teen Speaking Skills for his or her charity. The goal of Teen Speaking Skills is to inspire young adults to develop their communication and leadership skills, enhance our society, and be a positive influence in the world.
Teen Speaking Skills is an eight-session course designed to empower teenagers to become confident, effective communicators. Developing confidence provides the foundation for teenagers to believe in themselves and their abilities.
Teen Speaking Skills is taught by Carmel Valley resident Kathleen Behrens, who is a credentialed educator and the Toastmasters Area Governor for Carmel Valley. The next Teen Speaking Skills classes begin on Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 5. For additional information, visit