Friday, September 4, 2015

Cadette: Public Speaker Badge

I want to take a moment here and say that the girls in my troop have NO problem speaking or performing in front of others.

My co-leader did a great job of planning this meeting. She just rocks!

This is what they did:
1. Get a feel for performing solo
For this requirement, they drew an envelope and read a short story or poem that was enclosed. We used a variety of Girl Scout themed stories. Two were:
  • Warm Fuzzies
  • Little Red Bandana Hood
I have both saved here, just in the site disappears where I got them!

In addition to reading the story, they had to explain the meaning of the story. What is the point? There should be a point to every public speaking endeavor.

2. Focus on body language
A different twist for this one... we had a bag of random items (toothbrush, ball of yarn, etc.). You chose an item from the bag and then using it, played charades turning it into something else. For instance, you have a toothbrush and pretend sing into it. Everyone tries to guess "microphone". You pass the object to the next person in the circle and everyone gets a chance to turn the object into something different.

3. Find your voice
We all told our story with a stopwatch... our life story in 60 seconds... not more, but as close to 60 seconds as you could get. I was impressed they were right within the timeframe.

4. Choose or create a piece to perform
The girls were given 15 minutes to create a short skit to perform for everyone. Both did a great job and were fine with getting up and acting out their skit. I have to say I was cracking up with one of the girls who decided she was going to be the voice of Batman's shadow, Batshadow. Batshadow knows Batman very well, like they are connected.. though sometimes get confused for the ground, only 4 shades darker. I loved her voice while performing, too.

5. “Get onstage!”
Our girls are very involved with school and activities outside of school. We discussed what they had done int he past year that may fulfill this requirement. They have done plays, helped run stations at service unit events giving instructions, stood in front of our parents and discussed what our troop is doing, etc.

This wasn't as exciting as some others we have done, but it gave them a chance to stop and think about time management when speaking and speaking with purpose and not just randomly.

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