I was one of the lucky year 10 students who were given the chance to participate in the “Jack Petchey speak out challenge”. I started off the day feeling very negative about the experience as I’ve never been a very good public speaker. I was scared about forgetting what to say, mixing up my words and making a fool of myself. Throughout the day we were taught about what makes a good speech: delivery and content. We started by doing simple speech exercises in small groups and building up our confidence, then we began to write our speech and at the end of the day we presented to the rest of the group. Choosing a very interesting topic on paper I managed to get through my speech to the group. I felt extremely proud of myself. If you had told me earlier in the day that I would be able to do that I would not have believed you. I feel very privileged that I was given the opportunity to learn so much and I encourage students in the future to complete the day of activities, as it is a great opportunity.
By Desni Shilling