Fear-Free Public Speaking | Grade 6-12

What You Will Learn

Do you struggle with speaking up in front of others? This course helps you to conquer the issues that contribute to “stage fright” so that you can speak confidently and professionally, whether in front of an audience, in a group setting, or interacting in a formal capacity online.

By the end of this course, students will be able to…

  • Read confidently from a prepared script
  • Speak from keyword notes
  • Speak extemporaneously in an impromptu situation
  • Organize information/data for maximum audience impact
  • Demonstrate good eye contact 
  • Control the pitch, tone, and pace of their speech
related skills: read confidently, speak confidently, organize information, organization, emotional appeal



Design For 

Grade 6-12



Course Overview

4 - 10



hours per class

Eastern Time


5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET 

Pacific Time


2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PT

12 classes / meet once a week

3/9/2022 - 5/25/2022

3/9/2022, 3/16/2022, 3/23/2022,
3/30/2022, 4/6/2022, 4/13/2022, 
4/20/2022, 4/27/2022, 5/4/2022,
5/11/2022, 5/18/2022, 5/25/2022



Lesson 1. Basics of body posture

Lesson 2. Deliver short speech:" Why My Pet is Best" or "Why It Is Best Not to Have a Pet

Lesson 3. Tell your story "My Favorite Teacher/Relative"

Lesson 4: Presentation of toasts (from the written script)

Lesson 5: Tell your story about an embarrassing moment in your life

Lesson 6. Presentation of introduction for a famous guest speaker

Lesson 7. Mock condo association meeting to agree on an equitable solution to heating charges

Lesson 8. New Item Presentation 

Lesson 9. Demonstration Speech

Lesson 10. Mock Town Hall meeting

Lesson 11. Physical Appearance: Enhancing your authoritativeness and avoiding distractions 

Lesson 12. Grand Finale: 3-5 Minutes Speech with A/V Materials 

Course Projects

Lesson 1. Prepare to explain "Why My Pet is Best" or "Why it is Best Not to Have a Pet".

Lesson 2. Prepare a story re"My Favorite Teacher/Relative". Use Zoom visual techniques we learned to look your best!

Lesson 3. Prepare a toast (any person of your choice) that you will read aloud.

... and 9 more!



*Prepare your own materials

  • Laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Desk lamp (optional)





College Professor, Federal Government Senior Executive Officer

Ms.Mary is a college professor who also enjoys working with younger students. She is an adjunct professor of writing, business communication (a course that culminates in a Shark Tank competition!), and English at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She previously taught literature, writing,
Catholic studies and French at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and continues to teach some courses remotely for this institution.

Mary’s work with younger children includes conducting a “Kids Choir” for Big Brother Big Sister and coaching students in research and public speaking skills at a summer camp for Capitol Debate. She also teaches business communication to high school students under a dual enrollment program with Aquinas College.

A retired federal government senior executive officer, Mary has briefed Cabinet officials and Congressional committees. She has extensive experience in leadership development and improving
organizational communication.

She was awarded an Academics for Creative Teaching Grant for the academic year 2016-17 and a Mini-Grant for the 2019-2020 academic year.