The Power of Confident Communication
Confidence is a key ingredient for effective communication, as it allows your child to express themselves clearly and assertively. Speaking with confidence not only enhances their ability to convey their thoughts and ideas but also enables them to engage and inspire others.
At Cognitus Academy, we actively encourage our students to practise and perform their Oral practices in front of their classmates to foster this environment of learning through sharing. While some individuals seem naturally confident, it is a skill that can be cultivated through practice and self-awareness. In this article, we will explore practical strategies to develop and enhance your child’s speaking confidence, empowering them to communicate effectively in their upcoming oral examination.
Preparation and Knowledge
Confidence in speaking begins with thorough preparation and knowledge of the topic at hand. Researching, gathering relevant information, and organising our thoughts provide a solid foundation for effective communication. By becoming well-informed, we can speak with authority, address potential questions or challenges, and instill confidence in our audience. Moreover, taking the time to rehearse our speech or presentation can significantly reduce anxiety and increase our self-confidence. Familiarise your child with the marking rubric, practise reading aloud and hold discussions with them about a range of topics outside of their usual realm of experience.
Positive Self-Talk and Visualisation
Our internal dialogue greatly influences our outward demeanor. Cultivating positive self-talk and visualisation techniques can help boost our confidence before and during speaking engagements. Replacing negative thoughts with affirmations, such as “I am ready / well prepared” or “I have a good idea to share,” reinforces a confident mindset. Visualising successful outcomes and envisioning ourselves speaking confidently can also create a sense of familiarity and ease when facing new or challenging situations. So encourage your child to think and speak positively about themselves.
Body Language and Voice
Non-verbal communication plays a crucial role in conveying confidence. Maintaining good posture, making eye contact, and using purposeful gestures can enhance our presence and captivate our audience. A relaxed and open stance signals confidence, while a rushed or hesitant manner can undermine it. Additionally, paying attention to our voice, speaking clearly, and varying our tone and pace can further reinforce our message and engage listeners. Being mindful of our body language and voice allows us to project confidence and credibility. A smile goes a long way when greeting your examiner!
Active Listening and Empathy
Effective communication is a two-way process. To speak confidently, we must also be skilled listeners. Actively listening to others not only fosters understanding but also demonstrates respect and empathy. Engaging in active listening by nodding, maintaining eye contact, and providing appropriate responses not only shows confidence but also encourages fruitful dialogue. Listen carefully to the questions asked by the examiner and respond relevantly and appropriately. If you follow the above, you should not be talking about an unrelated topic.
Speaking with confidence is a learnable skill that empowers individuals to express themselves effectively and make a lasting impact. The journey toward confident communication requires patience and consistent effort, but the rewards are significant. We wish all P6 students sitting for their upcoming PSLE Oral all the best!