office-620817101 Fundamental Public Speaking Skills

Program Objective

Designed for fourth grade and above. Students will have little or no public speaking experience. The Program teaches ten fundamental skills to help set up a solid foundation so they can face the audience confidently and deliver a good speech.

Target Students

Students who have little or no public speaking skills, or students with stage fright (shy, lacking confidence, nervous, or refusing)

Coach(es)(Subject to change)

Coach Mo (age group: middle to high school) and Nick (3rd grade and above)

Interview with Coach Nick

Interview with Coach Mo


Twelve-Week Program

  1. Self-introduction speech
  2. Speech structure
  3. Maintain a theme
  4. Word choice in the speech
  5. Vocal variety
  6. Body language
  7. Eye contact
  8. Visual aid
  9. Humorous speech
  10. Motivational speech
  11. Storytelling speech
  12. Informative speech

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bible-896222_1920  201 Intermediate Speech Technique Coaching

Program Objective

Designed for the youth who (1) has completed the fundamental skill program, or (2) has attended other coaching programs with the similar coverage.  Especially focus on speech delivery techniques.

Note: For a new student, a speech recording is requested for evaluation, assessment, and placement.

Target Students:

Students with some speech experience.

Coach(es)(Subject to change)

Coach Nick and Mike

Interview with Coach Nick

Age Group4th grade and above

Twelve-Week Program

  1. How to have a bang at the beginning
  2. how to conclude your speech
  3. How to carry a main theme throughout the speech
  4. Five feelings in a speech
  5. Alliteration method and Echo method
  6. Analogy and Metaphor
  7. Pair or parallel method
  8. How to express your emotions in a speech
  9. Compare and contrast
  10. Humor uses (standup comedian)
  11. Impromptu speech training
  12. . Debate Foundation training

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 301 Module Based Coaching: Debate, Speech Writing and Contest Preparation

Program Objective

Designed to passionate and effective speakers who (1) have finished Speak to Lead fundamental and intermediate speech technique coaching; (2) have demonstrated a mastery of key public speaking skills; (3) have expressed interest and desire to compete at the state or national level in youth public speaking events; and (4) who aspire to be a great speech writer and debater.

Note: For students who are to Speak to Lead, a speech recording is mandatory for evaluation, assessment, and placement.

Target Students:Advanced level students

Coaches: A coach team of three to four experienced coaches

Watch Coach Nick talking about 301

Age Group4th grade and above

Twelve-Week Program (Subject to change)

  • Debate Coaching
    • Debate Week 1: Assertion, Reasoning, and Evidence
    • Debate Week 2: Research, Cross-examination and Refutation
    • Debate Week 3: Debate techniques
    • Debate Week 4: Policy debate
    • Debate Week 5: Public forum debate
    • Debate Week 6: Lincoln–Douglas debate
  • Speech Script Writing
    • Week 1: Decide what to say to the audience
    • Week 2: Big beginning and enduring ending
    • Week 3: Use humorous, emotional and lightening words
  • Speech Competition
    • Week 1: Informative Speaking Competition
    • Week 2: Humorous Interpretation Competition
    • Week 3: Extemporaneous Speaking Competition

401 Speech Writing Coaching


Program Objective

Designed for experienced speakers who

(1) have finished Speak to Lead – PLE fundamental, intermediate and advanced speech technique coaching;

(2) have demonstrated a mastery of key public speaking skills;
(3) aspire to hone  critical thinking skills and speech script writing skills; and

(4) are ambitious to build a powerful vocabulary and to develop an informative and influential speech.

Note: For students who are new to Speak to Lead-PLE, a speech recording is mandatory for evaluation, assessment, and placement into speech writing Coaching

Target Students:

Advanced level students

Coach(es)(Subject to change)

Margaret Ann Williams and Mike

Age Group4th grade and above

Twelve-Week Program

  1. Decide what the audience wants to hear
  2. Put topics in order
  3. Begin your speech
  4. End your speech
  5. Control speech length
  6. Establish credibility
  7. Make your speech enjoyable
  8. Find the emotional words
  9. Define your own speech style
  10. Create great punch lines
  11. Use humor
  12. Use lightening words

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501 Model United Nation

Program Objectives: Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Model UN clubs have been established in universities, high schools, and even junior high across 100 countries, and over four million students participate in the competitions across the globe each year.

Benefits: Youth, through Model UN, will develop key softskills that enhance his or her academic and career success, including (1) researching across a wide range of social, economic, and cultural fields, (2) public speaking with confidence and eloquence, (3) debating with power and persuasiveness, (4) writing in various formats (format script, motion, resolution and modification), (5) critical thinking to resolve conflict, (6) teamwork through cooperation and collaboration, (7) negotiations through critical listening and emphatic positioning, and (8) leadership skills.

 Twelve-Week Program

  1. What is MUN. General Principle and rules
  2. MUN Glossary
  3. Research 1
  4. Research 2
  5. Country Assignments
  6. Working paper
  7. Flow of Debate 1
  8. Flow of Debate 2
  9. Public Speaking
  10. Caucusing
  11. Resolutions
  12. Debate technique

Age Group6th grade and above

601 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Skills for Young People 

601 青少年情商和领导力培

Class objective: Psychologists and educators long ago established that 80% of a child’s success in his or her academic work, future career and social life depends on Emotional Intelligence. We, as tiger moms and lion dads, have long been so focused on IQ and academic skills development that we have overlooked the need to develop emotional intelligence too, and we’ve had a blind spot when it comes to nurturing our children’s leadership skills.

Emotional intelligence (EI), also known as emotional quotient (EQ), is the capacity of a child to recognize his or her own, and also other people’s emotions, to recognize a variety of different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide both thinking and behavior. Without doubt, leadership skills are built upon exceptional EQ levels, because in order to lead people we first need a clear understanding of ourselves and the ability to understand others.

Speak to Lead LLC has developed this exciting program to foster EI/EQ and cultivate leadership.  Children from the 6th grade and above are invited to enroll in this program.

Interview with Coach Angela and Mike


Class schedule:

Twelve-week program covers (Subject to change):

  • Emotional intelligence: (1) Self Awareness, (2) Social Awareness, (3) Stress Management, (4) Grit development, (5) Time management and prioritization, and (6) Listening skills. Leadership skills: (1) Understand your leadership style, (2) Lead an effective team, (3) Plan a project successfully, (4) Motivate others to produce their best effort, (5) Learn how to communicate to different stakeholders, and (6) Practice the art of delegation.
  • Through self-awareness and social awareness practice, we understand our communication style, and more importantly, understand the counterparty’s communication style. We have a better understanding of the root cause of conflict and friction.
  • Through stress management, we practice deep breathing, mediation and concentration skills, which in turn help us with better focus and attention to work and study. We also benefit from reducing anxiety, removing compulsive thinking, and living at present.
  • Through grit development, we expand the attention span, deal with boredom, and practice patience and perseverance.
  • Through time management, we learn the importance of “first thing first,” and “have an end goal in mind.”
  • In leadership module, we self-assess our leadership style, team member style, team dynamics, conflict resolution, delegation with supervisor, and project planning.
  • Through effective listening, we learn the active and empathetic listening technique.
  • Class format: Self-assessment, theory instruction, classroom exercises, team project, meditation, audio/video materials, and role play.

701 Business Writing and Corporate Communication for Career Success

  • Provide a balanced coaching in business writing, corporate communication and vocabulary building to enable the professionals to succeed in the highly competitive Corporate America
  • Clear and concise writing is a critical skill for us to success in the corporate environment
  • Speaking with confidence and competence enables us to obtain credibility and visibility in professional circle
  • What word and expression we use leads to how people perceive us and in turn determines our status along the corporate ladder

Target Audience: Professionals who use English as a second language and who see the need to polish their writing and speaking skills at work and in life.

12-week program content and schedule (Subject to change):

Week 1:

  • How to write in “Plain English” style
  • How to host a conference call
  • Emotional vocabulary

Week 2:

  • How to reduce grammar and other writing errors
  • How to give a great elevator speech
  • Meeting words

Week 3:

  • How to approach any written communication
  • Why I hit the career wall for so long
  • Happy hour

Week 4:

  • How to write the language of business
  • How to get yourself out of trouble at work
  • Sport words

Week 5:

  • How to write a professional email
  • How to avoid being a scapegoat at work
  • Fine differences among words

Week 6:

  • How to write a clear and concise memo
  • How to diffuse criticism
  • Frequently used words in selling

Week 7:

  • How to write a business letter
  • How to resolve a conflict at work
  • Five senses words

Week 8:

  • How to write a winning proposal
  • How to deal with office politics
  • Professional vocabulary

Week 9:

  • How to prepare a powerful PowerPoint
  • Why have I hit the wall in my career for so long
  • Business idioms

Week 10:

  • How to write a white paper/report
  • How to succeed in business negotiations
  • Root and expansion of words

Week 11:

  • How to write a marketing brochure
  • How to give constructive feedback
  • The SAT High-Frequency Words

Week 12:

  • How to write a training manual
  • How to remember people’s names
  • Political incorrectness words

Class format:
Note: topics are subject to change depending on coachees’ specific situation and needs.

  1. Writing sample deep dive
  2. Individual writing critique
  3. Presentation skill exercise
  4. Role playing and evaluation
  5. One-to-one coaching

About the Coaches:

Coach Margaret-Ann Williams, Master of Arts in Journalism and Master of Science in Library Science, and Advanced Communicator Silver of Toastmaster International. She has versatile professional writing experience for more than 20 years, including articles, newsletters, press releases, long copy, web copy, brochures, marketing product sheets, magazines and book length publications. She is also experienced in communications activities for both corporate and government sectors, such as public relations, stakeholder relations, formal internal document writing, project support, intranet team site co-ordination, publication co-ordination.

Coach Mike Nie, CFA, CPA and MBA. Mike has over 19years of professional experiences in financial and accounting industry, including 13 years in managerial, directorial, and executive capacity.  He now works as a Branch Chief at a federal financial regulatory agency, dealing with financial market and risk management matters.  Before that, Mike held leadership positions at the federal public accounting regulatory body and a Big Four accounting firm.  Mike is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter-holder and a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia.  He also obtained an MBA degree in finance from Robert H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Nankai University, Tianjin, China.

Coach Mike has coached over 100 professionals and graduates in job interview, career advancement, accent reduction, public speaking, critical thinking and business writing. He has sit on panels at the Ascend career development seminar, Ascend Inspiring Across Generations conference, CFA Chinese Charter career fair, and Nankai Alum career development workshop. Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America.