Public speaking competitions for kids are a great way for aspiring & competitive young speakers to develop their formal public speaking skills, gain confidence and showcase their talents.
But not all children like competing when it comes to public speaking, and that is perfectly fine too. The most important thing is for children to gain experience speaking in front of a range of different types of live audiences. At Super Speak, all our students gain experience presenting in front of their peers, teachers & adults with varying sized audiences during each enrolment period.
For students wishing to compete in competitions, it is worth noting that not all public speaking competitions for kids are created equal. Below are a few aspects that parents should consider when choosing the best public speaking competition for their child.
Always choose a competition that has a live (in-person) audience.
Make sure the entire competition is held with a real-life audience, face-to-face. Post covid, many public speaking competitions for kids have popped up that run through video or zoom submissions. These competitions lack the most valuable real-world learning that comes through presenting in front of a real audience in-person. There are many nuances associated with speaking in front of a real audience that can not be learned through giving a speech to a screen via Zoom or a video recording submission.
We recommend our students compete in competitions that run their entire process with a live in-person audience. Every student entrant should get the equal opportunity to present in front of a live audience, if this is not the case, do not enter. This ensures kids gain maximum benefits they can apply to their future lives. Whether that be giving a speech to classmates at school, or at their workplace in later years.
Select competitions run by independent & reputable organisations.
We also highly recommend that parents focus on entering their child into competitions held by independent & reputable organisations. These competitions have far more benefits for kids when compared to competitions held by one public speaking service provider, who have vested interests in promoting their services.
Some of the benefits of attending competitions held by independent organisations include:
1. Broader exposure & experience: competitions run by independent organisations are open to children from any school or program. This means your child will be exposed to a broader range of students, perspectives & skills that comes from watching students taught by different teachers or programs. This will provide a more diverse learning experience as they will learn from speakers from wider backgrounds. You may also gain a greater appreciation for the teaching methods of other programs by watching their students perform. This cannot be achieved through internal competition held by one service provider. These usually results in a more narrow perspective and lower overall standard.
2. Better reputation & recognition: competitions held by long established & independent organisations have a much stronger reputation and a wider audience profile. They are highly regarded and more recognised by others in the community. Schools also regard results in such competitions higher if your child wishes to be considered for scholarships. Whereas, competitions held by one service provider are less reputable and not as well recognised by others in the community.
3. Wider networking opportunities: competitions held by independent and reputable organisations can provide children with the opportunity to network and connect with a wider range of other aspiring public speakers and other teachers or service providers within the field.
4. Better judging & feedback: independent and reputable organisations usually have a more experienced and qualified judging panel. They can provide more valuable feedback and support to the participants. They also have clear and fair rules & judging criteria formed over many years that ensures a level playing field.
Public speaking competitions for kids:
There are a range of independent & reputable public speaking competitions held across most major cities in Australia that kids can attend in-person with real life audiences. Some include:
👉 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award (Australia wide)
👉 The Plain English Speaking Awards (NSW Students)
👉 Debaters Association of Victoria Junior Public Speaking Competition (VIC students)
👉 Lions Junior Public Speaking Competition (Australia wide)
👉 The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition (NSW students)
👉 Voice of Youth – Rostrum: for older secondary students (Australia wide)
Experience in front of live audiences is most important.
It is important to re-iterate that most children do not wish to compete when it comes to public speaking, and that is perfectly fine.
It is more important to provide children the opportunity to speak in front of a range of different live audiences. This is what we do at Super Speak. All our students, in every class, get the opportunity to present in front of a range of different live audiences. This includes their classmates, teachers & adults. For students wishing to compete in public speaking competitions, we refer them only to reputable institutions who run independent competitions with a live audiences (some we refer to are not listed above). This gives our students the best experience available to support THEIR unique public speaking journey.
At Super Speak, our award winning program teaches children aged 6-14 public speaking & presentation skills. Our fun learning program incorporates both public speaking & drama to ensure our students gain broader learning outcomes. We have a teaching team with unmatched experienced and the most comprehensive curriculum in Australia. We teach our classes in a style that is fun, supportive & high energy! Our students learn to be more confident & capable public speakers & everyday communicators for life. Check out Super Speak Public Speaking Program and join over 60,000 children who have trusted Super Speak since 2006.