February 2, 2021
Mrs. Lynne Martin Bestows Tips for Public Speaking and Life to the WMS Beta Club
At Walton Middle School's January Beta Club meeting, WSCD literacy coach Mrs. Lynne Martin shared not only her love of speaking but also her wisdom with students. Because strong communication skills are essential for effective leadership, Mrs. Martin shared how props can enhance a message. To illustrate, Mrs. Martin delivered a moving speech using props centered around the theme that happiness is overrated, as true joy really comes from within. She began by asking Beta members what brings them happiness, then explained how happiness relies on external forces, while joy originates internally. She then used a rubber band as she narrated a childhood story, suggesting that just because something hurts or is difficult doesn't mean you can't muster the strength to face it. Next, she used a mirror as she shared a story about her own middle school years at WMS. During that time, she found herself involved in some typical middle school drama, and her sweet mother reminded her that "pretty is as pretty does." She also brought out a bucket, reminding students the importance of self-care, as one can't pour from an empty bucket. Finally, she shared a picture frame, telling a recent story about identifying personal bias and growing from it. Through each symbol and story, Mrs. Martin conveyed the message that joy can be found in any moment or stage of life--even the hard ones. After her visit, WMS Beta Club members walked away with not only public speaking tips but also sage advice.