Effective Speaking

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 2019 topics for the Effective Speaking Competition are:

  • What is a Canadian?
  • 3D Printer Technology – how will it impact our future?
  • Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
  • How is today’s technology causing gaps in communications?
  • How will legalizing cannabis affect our society?
  • Why should cadets be involved in fundraising for the program?
  • The positive and negative effects of advances in technology.
  • What happened to the Avro Arrow and is it time for a new one?
  • Peer pressure amongst today’s youth – fact or fiction?
  • What is the importance of gender equality in today’s youth?
  • How could the cadet program fill the gap in the aviation industry?
  • Cadet’s Choice: the Cadet’s Choice must fit into one of these categories:
      • Cadet Life, or
      • Science and Technology, or
      • Aviation, or
      • Canadian History or
      • Citizenship.

Effective Speaking Guide, Application Form, Cadet Workbook and more are in 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 WING 11 which includes squadrons 3, 27, 44, 201, 291, 294, 364, 535, 614, 741, and 862. Date and location will be added to the Squadron Calendar.

More resources at http://aircadetleague.com/effective-speaking-program/

and https://www.aircadetleague.on.ca/Effective-Speaking-Resources

The following Effective Speaking regulation has been developed to supplement and clarify Rule 21 to guide ES coaches and judges in Ontario. These rules are to be applied at the Squadron, Regional and Ontario level Effective Speaking Competitions beginning in the spring of 2018. More in the Supplementary Rules document in the Attachments section below.

Speakers who fail one or more of the following rules are to not to be disqualified. Judges are to instead notify the Teller at the end of the event, which cadets are to be penalized. The final marks for these cadets will marked-down a maximum of 15% (each judge can recommend a 5% penalty) by the Teller after the final scores have been tallied:

Cadet Competitors' Must Not Use Animation:

  • Speakers may but need not stand at attention while speaking.
  • Speakers may place one or both of their hands and or arms on the podium, where a podium is being used.
  • Speakers may hold a microphone in their hands where a microphone without a stand is being used. Otherwise a microphone on a stand should be adjusted to the correct height.
  • Cadets are to speak from one location. Cadets may choose to stand behind, in front of or to either side of the podium.
  • Once a cadet begins speaking they may stand still or slowly take a few paces in a triangle about the lectern but must never turn their back on the audience (see National Rules, Delivery, Page 68).

Cadet Competitors’ Must Not Use Gimmicks:

  • Speakers may infrequently use modest (not dramatic) arm and hand gestures to emphasize the points being made. Pointing with an extended arm or finger will be penalized.
  • Speakers may use index cards with speaking points during the Prepared Speech Round. Speaking cards should be bound together such that were they to fall, they’d not lose their order.
  • Speakers may not sing, hum or make sound effects during their speech
  • Speakers must not use props of any form
  • Speakers must remain in a standing position during their speech, except where the health condition of a competitor requires them to be seated, etc.