Sydney's Best Public Speaking Schools For Kids And Teens

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There’s no denying that public speaking is terrifying. In fact, 75 per cent of the world’s population is afraid of speaking in public. The thought of standing up and speaking in front of a group of strangers has become so distressing to us, they’ve even coined a term to describe it: Glossophobia. Also referred to as speech anxiety, Glossophobia is a fear of public speaking and affects both adults and children.

Unfortunately, public speaking is a part of every Australian child’s education, so the chances are your little one will have to speak in public throughout their years at school and university. To give them a helping hand in this department, Sydney has a number of public speaking schools geared towards giving little ones the confidence they need to strut their stuff on stage.

Here’s our pick of the best public speaking schools in Sydney.

Sydney Speaking School

Currently running online classes!
Providing a nurturing environment for primary and high school students, Sydney Speaking School is one of Sydney’s most distinguished public speaking schools. Their school holiday programs are aimed at teaching students the tools they need to overcome any fears of public speaking and to talk with confidence. Sydney Speaking School believe in ‘learning by doing’ and encourage all students to get up and get out of their comfort zones. Public Speaking, Debating, Speaking Camp, and Presentation Skills are just some of the courses on offer at Sydney Speaking School.

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Sydney Speaking School also run a range of term programs in partnership with coaching colleges across Sydney - please get in touch if you're interested in getting involved!

To find out more, visit their website.

The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio

If your child hates the idea of speaking in front of strangers, drama class is an excellent avenue to help conquer their fear. As well as their Hennessy Speech classes, Hennessy Studio offers Kidz On Stage Drama. This performance-based drama program is fun, high energy and highly effective. Delivered by accomplished tutors, Hennessy’s drama classes encourage kids to step out of their shell and perform alongside their peers. This style of tutelage inspires students to express themselves in creative ways, which in turn can bolster their self-confidence.

The Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio also run their Hennessy Speech program, which tailors classes for kindergarten students right up to high school students. These hands-on classes improve overall confidence through teachings such as conversation skills, presentation skills, storytelling and improvisation, correct breathing techniques, speech theory, reading out loud, and research skills.   

To find out more, visit their website.

NIDA Public Speaking Course

Classes running from July 2020
Children in Year 4 to 6 can strengthen their speech and communication skills at NIDA’s Public Speaking Course. Run across 4 terms throughout the year, NIDA teaches students the value of being a strong communicator and how to develop this skill through the use of strategic frameworks including improvisation and presentation, voice and movement, devising and contemporary practise, and script work and staging. The course also teaches students valuable life skills such as physical preparation in formal settings, and idea generation.

To find out more, visit their website.

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SpeakOut School

Run by professional public speaking coach, Katharine Collins, SpeakOut School is a school holiday program for students from Year 3 up to Year 12. Designed to bolster self-esteem in order to prepare students for future public speaking as well as adult life, SpeakOut School is a great program for kids who are battling with self-esteem issues and speaking in public. As a TEDx speaker coach and qualified counseller, Katharine believes that anyone can overcome a fear of public speaking and is passionate about teaching children this important life skill. SpeakOut School offer both 1- and 2-day courses for school children.

To find out more, visit their website

Other Kids Classes In Sydney

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
Sydney Voice Studio
Einsteinz Music Lessons 


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