Actress Amy Hargreaves has been trying to help young children develop better communication and public speaking skills since schooling moved online during the ongoing pandemic.
Due to distance learning, many children have little or no one-to-one interaction with their classmates and teachers, which means they do not develop their interpersonal skills.
Hargreaves appeared on “Varney & Co” on Wednesday and explained how she uses her experiences on camera to help students.
“Patty Kennedy, Founder of Speak Well, [asked me] come and help encourage kids to find their voice and talk about my experiences and how public speaking and public confidence can really help in your whole life, ”she said.
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She said one trick used is to play music and dance. “It really is a fun way to relax and help us let go and make the kids talk a little more freely, “added the” 13 Reasons Why “star.
Hargreaves is delighted that the program is working and that the children involved are succeeding.
“I think it works because the Speak Well program is exploding,” she explained.
“We started with nine students and now in less than a year we have grown to 100 students at one school in New York City,” Hargreaves explained. “Now it’s growing all over the country and overseas. So I think there is a demand for it and I think it’s working.”
Hargreaves noted that the students in the program “really did well”.
“They did TED talks, they wrote for national newspapers. They gave presentations to corporate clients like UBS and British Telecom,” she explained.
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Hargreaves indicated that listening is also an essential part of a good presentation, interview or conversation.
“If we can listen to each other and speak with our hearts, I think we will all move towards a better future,” she said.