There is nothing more compelling than an excellent public speech. Over the course of the last two weeks, every student from Kindergarten to Grade 12 has prepared and presented a public speech, and I have had the distinct pleasure of observing many of them. Speaking in front of a crowd is not easy, and is listed as one of the greatest stressors for a significant percentage of the population. However, we know one thing to be true: the more you practice, the better you get. As is the case with any skill set, the keys to improvement are repetition and coaching.