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Step by Step Career Guide to Becoming a School Assembly Speaker

Speaking in front of students can be challenging. The goal is to be able to deliver your message without boring your audience—and this is especially hard when you are talking to teens. It’s easy for students to be distracted and bored, so your challenge is to captivate them, retain their attention, and actually succeed in delivering your message. To make this possible, you need to become appealing to students. Here’s how to do it:

  • Learn from a pro. Motivational speakers are skilled orators who hone their skills over time. To become better in this profession, you need to learn from an experienced mentor. Watch inspirational talks whenever you can and take notes.
  • Make connections with other motivational speakers. Establish connections, talk to professionals, and let them help you refine your speaking skills. Establishing connections can help you market yourself. These speakers can refer you to a school that may need your particular expertise. 
  • Market yourself with student council advisors, student organizations, school boards, and directors.
  • Keep your price reasonable. Keep in mind that schools have smaller budgets compared to big companies.
  • Put yourself in their shoes. Keep in mind that your generation is different from the students of today. A good school assembly speaker must be able to connect with today’s teenagers. Learn about their lifestyle and pop culture by reading their magazines, watching their TV shows, and visiting websites that they love. You can also talk to teenagers you may know personally, such as a niece or nephew, your own teenage kids, or if you have students of your own.
  • Use your own experiences. The best source of relatable lessons is your life. You were a teen once and you went through the same worries like social acceptance, transitioning from childhood to adulthood, relating to authority and love and dating. Share these experiences to make the students realize that you know what they’re going through.
  • Don’t talk down to them. Humility and vulnerability can build your credibility as a worthy and effective school assembly speaker. Avoid scolding or lecturing the students.
  • Be genuine. Don’t make the mistake of dressing up like a teen or talking like a teen. The audience will just think that you’re trying too hard. Remember that you’re still a professional. You can be relatable without pretending that you are something else.
  • Talk to school authorities first. When you’re invited to become a speaker, take time to learn the situation of the school and students, and why certain issues need to be addressed in a school assembly. This way, you can easily connect your experiences and material to the issues at hand and the lives of the students.
  • Schedule your speaking engagements properly. Speak at no more than two schools in a day so can give your best performance to each event.

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