February 12, 2007
Contacts: Nel Lazour, 508-869-0388
Heidi MacDonald, 508-869-3198
Speaking Workshop for Students a Success
. On Friday, February
9, the first of a two-day public speaking workshop for students and
teachers was held at
morning began with an introduction by Principal Carol Bringleson followed
by a brief presentation by Nel Lazour of the Hillside Restoration Project,
and Boylston’s history of oratory with the program being offered.
the remainder of the morning Ethan Becker, Senior Coach with The Speech
Improvement Company, Inc., taught students techniques for controlling
nervousness, being organized, interviewing well, listening and connecting
with the audience. Students
were asked to give a one minute speech for evaluation and feedback. On
February 16, beginning at 8:30 am at
library, students will have an opportunity to practice and deliver their
speeches to a wider audience.
student’s evaluations of the program were overwhelmingly positive and
included feedback on the content and effectiveness of the program.
Comments included: It
was a wonderful opportunity and very informative; The techniques for
handling nervousness were great; Would have liked more time; Great way to
teach with humor; I found learning to deal with physical stresses to be
incredibly helpful; The workshop will appeal to all high school and middle
school students; Mr. Becker kept me interested the whole time; Broke
things into small steps and made it easy to learn; Great instructor – he
relates well to kids; builds self confidence.
is a clear need for an enriching program like this at the high school
level. It was gratifying to
see the students responded with such enthusiasm and interest,” said
Principal Carol Bringelson.
Speech Improvement Company, Inc., has helped hundreds of thousands of
executives and corporate professionals strengthen their ability to
communicate. They are now extending their teachings to help students
and teachers throughout
workshop is a collaborative program sponsored by the Tahanto
Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO), the Tahanto Regional High School
Administration, and the Hillside Restoration Project (HRP).
The ultimate goal is to integrate the program into the curriculum
and create interest in forming an after school enrichment program.