About The Guest
Beverly Jones-Durr is the CEO of Beverly Jones-Durr Enterprises which hosts several programs to help empower women, children, and teens with writing and public speaking. She is also a Life Purpose Coach, Artist, Motivational Speaker and a published Author.
Q1: What was the moment that got you inspired to start Speech Crafters?
A: As a mother and grandmother, I realized not all children and teens are born with the confidence to speak in front of their class. Self-esteem is necessary to learn the subjects of English and math. Everyone has great ideas and should have the ability to share them.
Q2: What do you think causes children not to speak up?
A: There is a saying that children should be seen and not heard, and many children feel invisible without doing something wrong. Adults need to listen and understand them without necessarily responding. Everyone needs to grasp the importance of listening to others and learning from them.
Q3: What's your philosophy in regards to children and the women who are responsible for nurturing them?
A: It takes a village to raise a child and to nurture and empower the women who are gifted to raise them. Parents need a supportive network to help parents bridge the gap of communication with their children while also getting done work and household chores. You can help the children that will be in charge of your future.
Q4: What are the experiences of the children you've worked with?
A: Parents will come in describing their children as shy, when really their child was introverted and only spoke when something was important to them. The child who attends our workshops is different from the child who leaves. Children feel like they are apart of something as a club.
Q5: What do you do at Speech Crafters?
A: Speech Crafters is a more hands-on version of Toastmasters. 90 minute sessions includes instruction and people taking on roles to run a meeting which is seen by an audience of parents.
Q6: Why are communication skills so important to children?
A: Children should be always be encouraged to speak up. Communication builds connection, and before children can even speak, they can convey messages. Communication skills are necessary for self-esteem and confidence and are can be utilized throughout life.
Q7: Do you think the generation gap affects communication with children?
A: Generation gaps should not seclude people to boundaries. Each generation has something to learn from the experiences of other generations.
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