“I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking”

I wanted to share an observation that Hailey, my 16 year old Senior Girl Scout, made one night as she was preparing to give a four-minute persuasive speech to her 10th grade English class. She had about a page and a half of material to present and she asked me if I thought that would be enough to talk for four minutes. I told her I didn’t think so, that she might need more material. She returned a while later with a triumphant look on her face and showed me the timer on her phone which read 3 min. 59 sec, and said, “Look, it’s almost exactly four minutes. Want to hear it?” I said sure and she launched into a confident, animated, measured speech promoting the continuation of space exploration. I told her it sounded great. She said, “Yep! I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking!” Girl Scouts has really added a lot to Hailey’s “self.”

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~Eileen Swift

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