If you are a school administrator and are looking for the right person to conduct an anti-bullying assembly for your school, here are some essentials you should be on the lookout for:
· Someone the kids will perceive as strong, tough, trustworthy, secure, confident, etc.
· Someone who has been bullied and can relate on a personal level--based on experience.
· Someone who can communicate in a language the student can understand and relate to.
· Someone who can soften the content with entertainment that is relevant to the message.
· Someone who ends the message by enforcing the school’s policy and not their own ideas.
Here is a good test you can do; Pretend that you are one of the children sitting in the bleachers for the entire program and that you are a silent victim of bullying. Is this someone you would listen to, trust, and believe in—perhaps to the point of reporting the problem after the assembly? If so, you’ve probably found the right person for the job. If not, you probably need to go back to the drawing board. After all, if you wouldn't buy it...