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Public Speaking

An Interview with AnnMarie Baines, Founder of The Practice Space

If you’ve ever been to The Practice Space, or taken part in a workshop or event we’ve led, you have no doubt met AnnMarie. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Practice Space, she plays a role in everything we do. So we thought it would be fun for those of you who don’t …

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Valentine’s Reflections: Our Voices and Our Passions

For Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate our community and share a little about why we love what we do here at The Practice Space. We envision a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel free, cared for, and capable of manifesting their voices in the world.  As The Practice Space continues to …

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Young Speakers Camp — Youth Aloud Podcast Bonus Episode!

Have you ever felt like it’s too early or too late to build your confidence with public speaking? At The Practice Space we believe there’s never a limit on when or who can develop these skills, which is why we offer programs and services to all ages, from young children to working professionals to elders. …

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How to Find Your Voice – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 4

Finding your voice is easier said than done. In this guest interview, former high school public speaker George Elsbury explains concrete tips and techniques for figuring out what to say and how to feel more confident performing in front of others. “Finding your voice is…about figuring out what to say and what you believe in.” …

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Getting Ready to Speak: Creating Student-Led, Inclusive Communities

Davis High School student Matteo Nouve hardly looks nervous at all as he walks up the front of his school cafeteria to give his speech about art education. Even at the end of the program after ten other student speeches, the room is quiet and the eyes of fifty parents and educators are on him. …

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Rethinking Leadership: Helping Youth Have a Voice

It is 3:30pm on a Tuesday, and 14 high school students have gathered together to prepare speeches for an upcoming community engagement night. It is the first time they have been invited as keynote speakers and they know it is a big deal. Chattering excitedly over pizza, they try to figure out what issues from …

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When Feeling Awkward – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 3

Awkwardness. We all feel it at some point in our lives. Members of the podcast, Ava Remler and AnnMarie Baines, share some of their awkward moments. Lindsey Lam connects their stories with words from the experts and some awkwardness of her own. “The worst thing in the world is when I’m on a roll, I’m …

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