Public Speaking

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Full-Year Course: Grades 9+
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) & Winter (Mar.-May) Workshops (10 lessons): Grades 6-8

Our Public Speaking programs are a response to students’ need for mastering the techniques of public speaking and persuasion, in both oral and written formats, with a strong emphasis on the elements of oral presentation (e.g. tone of voice, body language, playing to an audience, rhetorical strategies, etc.) and opportunities for the application and practice of what they learn.

Depending on the level of their studies, students will engage in classical debate, study logical reasoning and fallacies, be inspired by critical analyses of famous historical speeches, media, and politics, and prepare for both post-secondary education and myriad careers which require excellent people-skills.

Depending on the level of their studies, students will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Presentation skills and public speaking
  • Interview skills mastery
  • Logic and the art of argument
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Famous speeches and historical analysis
  • Classical and contemporary debate – history, philosophy, and practical applications
  • Journalism, news, radio/broadcasting and media studies
  • Rhetoric, logic and logical fallacies, discourse analysis and linguistics
  • Language and the law
  • Language and politics
  • Speechwriting, Figures of Speech, and Voice Coaching
  • Laws of Persuasive Power
  • Philosophies of Great Thinkers
  • Ethics and Social Justice – being persuasive and changing the world!
Practical components of the full-year course will include opportunities to:

  • Participate in real studio broadcasting
  • Attend formal public city debates
  • Take part in CBC audience debates and radio shows (e.g. The Debaters, Stuart McLean)
  • Professionally record student-written speeches at a recording studio (professional voice coaching included)
  • Attend other field trips related to class learning
  • Present newly honed debating/presentation skills at various open-houses.
Guest speakers will also provide valuable knowledge (e.g. lawyers, performance poets).

Classes will be held once a week for two hours.


Each year several Brain Power Public Speaking students make it to semi-finals of Speakers Idol, a speech contest that provides a platform for students to discuss how they are working to change the world. Since 2016, Brain Power students have attended and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Ontario! We are so proud of our students!

For information on Brain Power students’ success at the 2019 event, CLICK HERE!


Several Brain Power Public Speaking students have been honoured to compete and win in Speaker Slam,™ Canada’s largest Inspirational Speaking Competition -where the skill of public speaking meets the thrill of competition.

This “Inspirational Speaking Competition” features 10 competitors going head to head and heart to heart, to deliver 4-6 minute speeches based on a monthly theme with a chance of winning cash and prizes valued up to $5000. Winners have gone on to get paid speaking work, TEDx talks and online notoriety.

For information on Brain Power students’ success at the 2019 event, CLICK HERE!


A LETTER FROM ONE OF OUR PUBLIC SPEAKING STUDENTS
Cora and Stephen Harper at the FSWC State of the Union

Dear Karine,

I can’t believe I was invited by the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) to speak at their exclusive State of the Union dinner thanks to my big win (with your support) at Speakers Idol earlier this year! I edited the speech that you helped me with slightly before going tonight. (I did this to be more relevant to recent events and to have a more mature tone). I am happy to announce that my speech was met with a standing ovation. I wanted to thank you once again for having me in your incredible Public Speaking course, encouraging me to participate in Speakers Idol, and helping me refine my speech for every occasion. Without you none of this would have happened and I just wanted to express my gratitude. My public speaking skills are at a whole new level now thanks to you and Brain Power!

Sincerely,

Cora Usurelu


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