Mageney Omar, a sophomore at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, thinks that public speaking is important because it’s something that everyone needs to master at one time or another.
“No matter what profession you want to pursue, there is going to be some form of talking,” she says.
Whether it’s to inform students during class presentations, or create buzz at political gatherings, or spur-on teammates at sporting events, public speaking is an important asset for teens because it can help rally support and create change. People’s voices are very powerful.
Still, standing in front of others can be nerve-wracking.
“One way is to practice public speaking with one person as an audience member, and continue adding people so that you’ll become more con dent when it’s time for you to actually present,” says Legacy Thornton, a sophomore at the O’Bryant.
Once you become comfortable, says Thornton, the activity can feel riveting.
“I like public speaking because I’m in the spotlight, and my voice is being heard,” she says. “What I have to say actually matters.”
Nardos Gosaye, a sophomore at the O’Bryant, says there’s no good reason to feel shy about it.
“Once I realize that I’m human and that everyone makes mistakes,” she says, “I forget my fear and go with the flow.”
This article was prepared in collaboration with 826 Boston.