In the Air Cadet program, we use words such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, good citizenship. Cadets who participate in the effective speaking program will learn all of these things. The skills they learn here will help them immeasurably in other areas of their life as well, whether they are making class presentations in secondary school, or later, interviewing for admission to professional faculties at universities, making presentations to colleagues at work, leading volunteer organizations, running for public office.
While most of this handbook focuses on the organization and rules of competition, because it is necessary for competitions to be run smoothly and fairly, it is also important to present a program at the squadron level that accomplishes the aims of the program and also prepares the Cadets for the competitions.
In addition to this handbook, some resources are:
(a) Parents in your Squadron who have experience in public speaking (for example, through their jobs, or being members of Toastmasters, etc.).
(b) Consider providing a joint program with neighbouring Squadrons.
(c) Create an effective speaking committee – the more helpers, the lighter the workload.
(a) Friends or relatives of the parents in your Squadron who have experience in public speaking and might be willing to help.
(b) Other members of your community who might be willing to help – preachers, priests and ministers; school teachers and principals or college professors; lawyers and judges; mayor, city councillors, MLA or other politicians; tv or radio personalities; etc.
(c) Local Toastmasters Club.
(a) League Rep may have suggestions
(b) Where available, Provincial ES coordinator
(a) National Air Cadet League website.
(b) Provincial Committee website.
(c) TED talks.
(d) Google or other search engine – will get you to numerous sites with helpful hints for prepared or impromptu speeches.
Click on the link below to locate information on the Canadian Cadet Organizations Cadet Corps and Squadron Directory.