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Here's a quick link directory to all the public speaking activities and games pages on my site.
You'll find the activities ultra-flexible - adapting equally well across age groups from middle school aged students to adults. Use them and your students will develop fluency, flexibility, audience awareness, delivery skills and confidence. And most important of all they'll lose self-limiting anxiety and, have FUN!
Here's to fear-free happy (and heroic) public speakers,
This is my most popular page of public speaking activities. It's been shared literally thousands of times. (I know the photo of a red cabbage with a speech balloon overlay is quirky but there you go, that's my sense of humor! :)
You'll find three variations of One minute speeches (superb for teaching impromptu speaking painlessly), plus seven more games. All of them are suitable for middle school students and beyond. The page has teaching guidelines and suggestions to help introduce and use the games effectively.
Connect the dots, Story starters, End lines, Oink, The BIG fat lie, plus two more. Loads of fun here!
Another page that has been shared by thousands. The skills focused on in this group of games are: content structure, transitions, fluency, body language, and flexibility. They adapt just as easily as those on the page above and are equally good in schools or community groups.
This collection of exercises contains a useful icebreaker (Interview introductions), a great preparatory activity to lead into persuasive speaking or debating - For/against, one of my personal favorites Conducted speech which uses tongue twisters (excellent for articulation practice), and two more.
Again, they're adaptable across age groups.
These activities borrow from drama. I've included them because a good public speaker needs what they offer: an awareness of body language and non-verbal communication, while developing concentration, mental agility and flexibility, confidence and empathy. They're fun! Two, (Hares & hounds, and Murder), are excellent icebreakers. Have a look.
(Warning - you'll need a fairly large clear space to play them well and the first two activities are gloriously noisy.)
This page of activities is largely concerned with encouraging and developing a positive sense of self in a child through speech and drama exercises. It's something I feel passionate about and the page grew larger accordingly! There are 36 activities ranging in appropriateness from kindergarten age upward.