Each year, more than 20,000 young people in schools enter the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge – the world’s largest youth public speaking event.
By July, we’re down to the final 15 speakers – and super-impressive they are too.
Last night’s Gala Grand Final was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank in central London – in front of an audience of more than 700 and featuring an illustrious judging panel that included John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons.
You can view a snapshot of the build-up to the event in the short film I did above.
As for the winner, well Najae Hackett of City of London Academy in Southwark forged a terrific connection with his audience speaking on the importance of ‘sleep’ – for after all, did not Martin Luther King have a ‘dream’… !
A fantastic night – made possible by Jack Petchey, an extraordinary man who has invested millions of pounds into the development of young people across London and Essex. Meanwhile, for myself and the network of Associates at Speakers Trust who deliver the public speaking workshops in schools, planning begins for next year…!
|© Submit to Any - jjtcomputing.co.uk|