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05.20.2021
Follow Winning Feathers’ blogger Allison Hartzler as she takes us through a two-part short history of public speaking through the ages. This part focuses mostly on Ancient Greece and their form of public speaking called “rhetoric.” *** The ancient Greeks have left us many wonderful ideas which we can find in the fabric of the  […]
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04.14.2021
Just what is public speaking anyways? Blogger Alison Hartzler guides us through a few ways to think about this important term! — “From the moment as a child when we realized that the world could be conquered. It has been a lifetime struggle, a never-ending fight. I say to you, and you will understand that […]
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03.30.2021
With our ideas about summer changing, soft skills for kids are quickly becoming an interesting summer-alternative. Read more about exactly what soft skills are and how they might benefit your young mind. — For most kids, the end of school means the start of park play-dates, pool-side fun, and summer camps. Who doesn’t love summer […]
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03.23.2021
Learn how soft skills for kids can opening doors and expand a child’s horizons. — What comes to mind when you think about influential figures like political leaders, celebrities, even internet stars?  Think about Elijah Cummings, Robert Downey Jr., PewDiePie, or any person with a degree of influence over others. Most of them know how […]
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03.19.2021
Tyrion Lannister, a storyteller, once said, “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.” As humans, storytelling is part of our genes going back to prehistoric times. As nature storytellers, it seems obvious this would go hand-in-hand with public speaking. However, a stigma has surrounded this practice and the importance it plays […]
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03.11.2021
Learn why debate classes for kids are a crucial part of a successful future. I think most parents would say their children are great arguers. However, there is a clear difference between arguing and debating. Kids often haven’t practiced the skills to actively listen to opposing perspectives, and come up with a thoughtful response on […]
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02.25.2021
Communication classes — what are they? You may have noticed that “communication classes” are popping up at major universities and high schools around the country. This blog post will help you understand a bit about what these classes teach and how they define communication. It will also conclude with some thoughts on exactly how these […]
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02.17.2021
Learn how public speaking for kids can boost confidence in your child. Each child has a voice unique to them. They have their own thoughts and feelings and want to be heard. Growing up, many children are taught to wait and speak; listen to instructions and then follow suit. It’s true that this is a […]
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02.12.2021
It’s impossible to nail a job interview on experience alone; the best candidates come prepared with a toolbox of soft skills on-hand. While technical skills are necessary in scoring the interview, when put against countless others with the same qualifications, prominent soft skills make you standout. Even more so, developing soft skills in children gives […]
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02.03.2021
Learn how developing soft skills in children can combat aggression. A friend once shared with me an incident in the grocery store involving her, her three-year-old, and a pack of Oreos. What started as a simple “no” turned into a one-on-one brawl between her and her daughter. The three year old sprawled out on the […]
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01.26.2021
More than 2,500 young students across the country have attended over 10,000 live online classes with highly skilled communication instructors. Winning Feathers also organizes public speaking contests for children to practice and face the audience to help overcome stage fear, giving them a voice literally and figuratively. “Winning Feathers was started to lift voices, to […]
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10.27.2020
So that kids could demonstrate their speaking abilities, Winning Feathers, a Soft Skills Institute headquartered in Georgia, organized a public speaking contest at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming.
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10.14.2020
Shaking and with my voice trembling, I said, “Please give a hand for Jonathan!” Before the event, I had a moment when I just wanted to throw in the towel and call it a day. But then I remembered how much fun I had practicing for the event and how much I wanted to be a part of it. So, with my voice trembling and my palms sweaty from my fears, I pushed on, made mistakes, and would remember this day as a game-changer after many years.
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