Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Public Speaking & Advocacy

What You Should Expect

Public speaking and interpersonal communication skills are some of the most sought-after skills that hiring managers are looking for. This camp is designed to develop these crucial skillsets that students can use for the rest of their life.

We will, of course, learn presentation skills to help you overcome stage fright and show confidence when speaking in front of others. This will include posture, gestures, facial expressions, and building a presence as well as verbal manipulation including tonality, use of operatives, and the power of the pause. We will also spend the week learning how to research, write and structure various speeches to organize information in a way that makes sense to your audience. Beyond formal presentations, we will work on developing interpersonal skills to communicate with others, work through conflict, and negotiate group dynamics. A major part of this camp will also focusing on developing interview skills so you are able to show off your best side when being interviewed. Essentially - our goal is to develop skills that will make you a better communicator in both formal and informal settings.

By the end of the week, you should have increased confidence as a public speaker, and develop the skills to research, organize, and write a speech with ease. In addition, you will know interpersonal communication skills that will allow you to resolve conflict, show that you’re a great listener, and impress interviewers. Our goal is to help develop the soft skills that most companies are prioritizing in the hiring process - we hope you will join us!

2023 Schedule

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Director's Statement

Divisions, Date and Pricing

Section Dates In-Person Commuter Online

Public Speaking

June 23 – June 29




Division Director

Stefany Cambra

Stefany is a graduate from Drury University, where she earned a BA in Theatre and Communications, along with a myriad of minors in Philosophy, Religion, Asian Studies, and Global Foundations. She is currently pursing her Masters of Communication in Leadership and Organizational Change. She is currently the director of Oral Interpretation at Grapevine High School. She brings with her 21 years of experience in the activity - as a competitor, judge, and educator. She has coached numerous finalists and champions on the local, state, and national level, including the 2021 TFA State Champion in Original Oratory and Informative Speaking. Cambra believes that competitive success lies in a strong educational foundation - teaching students lifelong skills that will bring them success at competition and in their daily lives. In addition, she is the Artistic Director of Proper Hijinx Productions, an independent theatre company that focuses on producing original works by local writers in the DFW metroplex. Cambra works professionally as an actor, director, playwright, and occasional prop designer. She has a lifelong passion for all things communication and performance. If you ask what her favorite event is, she won't be able to just name one. "My favorite event is the event a student is excited about - I am ready to work alongside each and every student to help them discover the power of their own voice."

Enroll Now!

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MGCDI in now open! Follow the link above to reserve your spot in our 2024 summer program. The final deadline for all registration is June 9th, 2024.