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Effective Speaking

posted Oct 19, 2011, 11:07 AM by Eric Clinton   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 1:27 PM ]
A foundation for the Air Cadet program is our Effective Speaking and Debating programs. What may seem intimidating to many citizens who have to speak to, and engage, an audience, has been called one the Air Cadets ‘diamonds’ in the rough! 

Cadets learn the fine skills and confidence of speaking in a public forum, with the benefits being a lifetime of confidence that carries to their jobs and social situations. With coaching and practice at the Squadron level, Cadets gain the passion and confronting their fears of public speaking to move on to regional, provincial and national competitions. From gold to bronze medals, all Cadets have the opportunity to learn and grown in their debating and public speaking skill. Those who succeed at a high level will have the chance to travel to National competitions against Cadets from other provinces who bring proficiency, verbal dexterity and artful pontification that will serve them well and impress even the most seasoned toastmaster!

The aims of the Effective Speaking program is
  • to provide an opportunity for Air Cadets to develop self confidence, improve communication skills and increase their ability to reason, organize and express ideas - logically and persuasively; and 
  • to foster the principals of team working and enable cadets to further develop the skills acquired through the mandatory LHQ and Summer Training Centre leadership and instructional techniques courses ; and 
  • to promote the citizenship component of local squadron training by familiarizing Air Cadets with Robert’s Rules of Order; and 
  • to increase public awareness at the provincial and local levels of the citizenship and leadership aspects of the Air Cadet program.

The 2018 topics for the Effective Speaking Competition are: 
  • The importance of today’s youth in building Canada’s future.
  • How does volunteerism play a role in the life of your community or squadron?
  • Humour is the best medicine.
  • How space exploration can lead to scientific advances on Earth.
  • The role Indigenous people have played in Canada’s heritage.
  • How has Canada changed the face of aviation?
  • Lest We Forget.
  • Cadet’s Choice: The Cadet’s Choice must fit into one of these categories: 
    • Cadet Life. 
    • Science and Technology. 
    • Aviation. 
    • Canadian History or Citizenship.

Effective Speaking Guide, Application Form, Cadet Workbook and more can be viewed, or downloaded, from Attachments below

#3 Squadron cadets who wish to participate in the Effective Speaking Competition should talk to the CO or a member of the Sponsoring Committee.  #3 Sqn cadets paticipating at Regionals will be in Region 11 which includes squadrons 27, 153, 201, 614, 599, 862 and 741.  Date and location will be added to the Squadron Calendar.

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