LARK SERIES: BLOG 2:
Kids say the smartest things: PEEKING INTO OUR L.A.R.K PROGRAM: CONFIDENCE IS A SUPERPOWER
I was late joining the LARK sessions by couple of minutes and when I logged in class had already begun, and I could see the slide with the word ‘GLOSSOPHOBIA’ written in big bold letters. The kids were doing an activity while being on mute. I surely knew the meaning of the latter part-Phobia; which means fear. And I thought in my mind, “how difficult is the first half ‘Glosso’ – a fear of glossy things…..Maybe! Not at all difficult putting the two and two together. I’m a Pro in English language. Undoubtedly! – that’s what it was!”
But all my presumptions and logical reasoning fell right in my face when a small little girl raised her virtual hand to answer. And I just couldn’t believe what I heard. Glossophobia is a Fear of Public Speaking. What?? Seriously? And< i began thinking, why is speaking difficult? Don’t we all learn how to speak when we are little? So, going by the logical progression ‘if we learn to speak at 1…as we grow our skills would develop …naturally’…True na?’ Well this is what most people would think, but unfortunately, that is not what happens. Let us dig a little deeper.
So Public Speaking is such a fearful thing that some people would rather prefer to DIE than speak in front of people! Yes that is the enormity of the situation! This is because when we are on stage, we feel that everyone is judging us. With approximately hundred pairs of eyes staring at us and reviewing and evaluating each and every move of ours, we feel that as soon as we would finish they would pass their judgement (about us being pathetic losers!) So, therefore the speaker just wants to FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN AWAY (F.E.A.R)
In the L.A.R.K. workshop the facilitators did an acrostic of word F.E.A.R to get a better understanding of the word.
For letter ‘F’ children came out with words like frustrating, fearful, forgetful and flee.
With letter ‘E’ we had similar negative words like eek, evasion and everything.
With ‘A’ the words are were alarm and afraid
And letter R had words like run, rough spots and rush.
So clearly all the words that children could relate to for FEAR (in terms of public speaking) had negative intonations. The TCC workshops address this FEAR!
These workshops ignite the minds of kiddos and equip them so well that the negative soon gets transformed into the positive. You might be wondering …is there a magical wand??….Yes and No. Both.
‘Yes’ because kids do it themselves and ‘No’ because they work towards achieving these goals rigorously with the help of their mentors. It isn’t instantaneous, but it sure is magical to see these kids transform! How? you ask. Each workshop is intentionally designed – first providing the theoretical foundation and then the practical scaffolding to empower these children polish their skills, giving them frameworks for thinking, speaking, presenting, and giving Feedback. For each activity they are handheld, appreciated, motivated and are encouraged to do the things again and again and again. Within the closed quarters of Zoom meetings children speak…. make mistakes….try again…get feedback and speak again until they master the skills. And, in time the natural tendency to FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN AWAY (F.E.A.R) situation transforms itself beautifully into ……..
FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE…
THAT, my friends, is the beauty of these L.A.R.K workshops!
Back to the same question ‘Are you afraid of Public speaking? (Think before you answer 😊)
TRAINER POONAM SINGH