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How can I help my daughter gain confidence in public speaking?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Girls say their fear of public speaking (followed by shyness and embarrassment) is the biggest obstacle to assuming leadership roles.

Find ways to build her confidence in speaking up so she is less likely to be intimidated. Here are ways:
  • Enroll her in speech and debate or theater.
  • Hold family meetings at home in which she learns to share her feelings.
  • Put her in supportive learning environments (girls say such an atmosphere is critical to building confidence).
  • Reinforce her views. Encourage her views. Let her speak!
  • Don’t speak for her!
  • Let her know you value her opinions.
  • Encourage her to find friends who aren’t always the bossy, domineering type so she can learn to find her voice.

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