If you're a teacher or leading a communications group you'll already know the problem with public speaking is not, speaking. It's 'public'.
Speaking is fine, in private. There it's natural, normal and effortless. Family, friends, colleagues; we talk to them easily.
But swap the arena, and ease takes flight.
Children, teenagers, adults; it's all the same. The power and fear of 'public' is one-size-fits-all.
Because you care, you want to stop the paralysis and free their voices. But how?
There is a solution. It is ...
If you've visited write-out-loud.com before you may have found my pages of them.
They're popular for good reason; they do the job, effectively. Fear of talking in front of an audience can be beaten and you can do it with something as simple as a giggle. Learning with laughter is the best there is. I know because I've used public speaking games for years and have seen the results. Others have too as you can see in the testimonials below.
Now I've collected all those games up (added some more strictly-Susan-specials, plus detailed instructions, printable topic, tongue twister, image, and poem sheets) and put them in one place - a downloadable, printable e-book.
You can have a 10 page preview here.
Like me, you will have discovered simply telling people to stand up straight, breathe, face the audience, make eye contact, speak clearly and smile, isn't particularly effective. It's just more 'blah' to go in one anxious ear and out the other. When you're focused on survival pausing to do the equivalent of admire the scenery will be ignored.
But put those same students in a group, take the pressure off solo performance, target one skill at a time, make the vehicle for learning fun and inclusive and everything changes.
These games may appear silly but they teach serious skills; those underpinning successful public speaking very well. You'll soon find your students have:
In all there are 33 hyperlinked pdfs. That's one main PDF and 32 printable resource files.
For ease of use, time and sanity saving, the ebook is extensively cross-linked and the games are classified by:
If you check out the preview pdf you'll see.
They are generally targeted toward students in the middle school and above range, including adults. You'll find them easily adaptable to fit your context: school, work place or community group. Although they are not specifically designed for non-native English speakers people in this category will benefit from playing them too.
For you there's a 4 page section on aligning the games with the Common Core Standards (CCS).
You'll find all the relevant CCS for Grades 6-12 with links back into their source on the Common Core Standards web site if you want more information.
*Revised and updated June 2015
And this is the type of practical one-stop-read-choose-print-and-go resource I longed to find when I was full time teaching.*
Everything you need to know about how to set up and play public speaking games is here, ready and available on your screen at a click. Even the resources! You do not have to scurry about finding images, or sorting out topics. It's all done for you. Click and print.
*What if I'm an inexperienced or new to leading a group? Is this e-book suitable for me?
Absolutely it is! If you're looking for ways to lessen your anxiety about teaching public speaking and the stress your student's typically undergo while learning it, then you'll be prepared to give games a go. Start with the simpler activities and build - learn alongside your pupils. They'll love, and thank you for it! Truly, everything you need to begin is here.
Public speaking. Two words. Only one of them is the problem and it's not 'speaking'.
You can help them solve the other by playing these games. There's a great example, plus a printable, in the preview pdf. Look and see!
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Please note - You are buying an instantly available downloadable ebook (pdf) and 32 resource files (pdfs).
After you have paid:
Step 1. You will be automatically returned from the PayPal thank you page to a special page on this site containing the ebook link.
Step 2. Click the link and download the ebook to your computer. When you open it and click on the resource file links within it, you'll gain access to the 32 supporting pdfs.
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