School assemblies can be difficult to organize, and success lies not only in the speaker you choose, but the way you plan the entire program. Here are some useful tips on planning a successful and effective assembly and motivational program for your students:
Involve the audience – Whether you are inviting outside speakers or choosing from among your faculty members to do the talk, remember to make the assembly more interactive. This way, your audience will not feel forced to sit through a lecture or presentation. Instead of enduring the assembly, they will be able to enjoy the experience if you incorporate activities that will require their participation. You can work with your speaker in this regard or simply start the program with some fun activities like games or singing.
Choose a subject that is relevant to the audience – It is important to think about the subject of the talk and the theme of the entire assembly very carefully. There are many relevant topics that you can play around with, ranging from bullying to health care, drugs, and even teen pregnancy and career choices (for older teens).
Use an outside voice – Hiring an outside speaker that specializes in these kinds of motivational speaking engagements is the best way to create impact on your students. You may invite someone in public services, like a police officer, a fire volunteer, an off-duty soldier, or any other significant character in the community to talk about their experiences and challenge children to make a difference. You may also turn to full-time motivational speakers whose experience in handling different types of school assembly programs can truly make an impact in children's lives. These speakers often have a surprising range of expertise and skills that will help make your school assembly a success.
Take note of diversity – When your talk is going to be inspirational or motivational in nature, take note of the differences in cultural or religious backgrounds within your group of students to make sure you will not offend or step on any tradition.
Consider pre and post assembly materials – Questionnaires, surveys, activities, and things of the like help instill the ideas and insights discussed in the assembly even better into the minds and lives of the listeners. Ask your speaker about pre or post assembly materials that you can use to make sure the children were able to grasp the point of the gathering.
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