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The world's brightest public speaking blog! Collaboratively written by our sparkly collection of Yellow Lantern youth educators from all over Australia. Hold onto your lecterns folks, public speaking advice is about to get exciting!

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A Yellow Lantern Facilitator SHINES BRIGHT!

Posted by Yellow Lantern on July 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (4)

By Adrian Williams-Brett
Yellow Lantern Facilitator

I have just facilitated my first eight-week Yellow Lantern Public Speaking course at Ocean Shores Public School in the Northern Rivers of N.S.W. As I knew it would be, the experience was wonderfully rewarding, both for the students and for me. The students I was working with were the sixteen members of the school parliament - students with additional responsibilities in the school. They were a diverse and sparky group....

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Interview with 6th grade student: Aisha Yahiat

Posted by Nathalie on July 8, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (1)

What were your expectations before going into the Yellow Lantern course?

My expectations were that it would be very strict and would try and teach me how to be better at speaking to the public.

What surprised you about it?

Well Yellow Lantern showed me how to work at my own pace in a friendly environment and be completely ok with who I am. Yellow Lantern didn't force me into anything. My expectations were comp...

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A Parent's Proof is in the Pudding

Posted by Nathalie on July 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Article Writen for Hillscene 'zine, July 2014
By Sarah Hitchings O'Connor

Last week, I was lucky enough to watch a whole Grade 6 class transform. My son had been doing a public speaking course through his school called Yellow Lantern. It is an innovative course that brings even the shyest child out of their shell. My Bill wasn’t one of the shy ones, but on graduation night he forgot to bring his speech. He knew if off by heart but with an audience in front of ...

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Are you addicted to speech reading?

Posted by Nathalie on May 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (2)

If you are someone who can't get away from reading your notes whilst you are public speaking, here are some GREAT tips for you.


1. Memorise your opening sentence

At the very least, memorise your opening. It is important to start strong. Here is a great formula:

a) Open with a fact, quote or statement.

b) Introduce yourself

c) State what you are going to talk about

This is an example ...

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How to make masterfull public speaking mistakes!

Posted by Nathalie on May 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (2)

The most common mistake we make when public speaking is to think that we have to be perfect, confident or clever. The truth is, the more imperfect you are the more interesting you are! That's right, your heard me. My number one tip for public speakers is to go right ahead and stuff up. Forget your words, drop your notes, have a sneeze attack. Just do whatever happens in the moment. But for goodness sake, just do it with style!

The three most common public speaking stuff ups ...

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