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Let them laugh their way to public speaking confidence ☺

By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 08-05-2022

These three public speaking games: Permission to Present Badly, Tangling Tongue Twisters and One Minute Speeches, are tried, tested and fun. To put it bluntly, they work!

They're immediately available, Common Core Standard aligned, (important if you're an American teacher), great to play and will help build public speaking confidence and competence in the best way possible, with laughter.

If you teach, or lead a public speaking group, and want your students chortling, grinning with delight, and falling over themselves to volunteer to speak, read on!

What do these games do, apart from make people giggle?

Want to develop presentation skills?
Play Permission to Present Badly. Who knew speaking too fast, fiddling with notes, or using multiple fillers could be "like", "um", "ah", so funny and, "like", so instructive?

Need to banish the mumbles?
Tangling Tongue Twisters is your answer. Get crisp, clean articulation using any of these 6 totally tantalizing activities and 44 twisters.

How about developing the confidence to stand in front of others and speak with minimal preparation?
That's One Minute Speeches. Choose between 3 variations and 4 themed topic sheets.

Who are these games best for?

They are 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.

What's included in these games?

Click the titles below to find out more about each game.

Grab this game if you've got students who need to:

  • develop confidence to stand and speak in front of others
  • gain impromptu speaking skills
  • loosen up, let go of public speaking fear and have fun

It's perfect as an introduction to public speaking - safe, non-confrontational - a great equalizer. You'll find it works well in either small group or classroom settings from middle school upwards. Adults love it too!

What's in this game package?

The One Minute Speeches package includes:

  • the foundation game and 2 advanced versions
  • 4 themed printable topic collections - a total of 368 topics
  • full instructions for each game variation
  • matching Common Core Standards (ELA)

Product Format: pdf (40 pages)

Price: $5.95

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You need Permission to Present Badly if your students struggle with delivery skills. If you've got chronic gabblers, monotone Marthas and Martins, unconscious fidgeters, folk who gaze out the window or at the floor while speaking - this activity will help them develop a greater self awareness in a totally supportive and counter-intuitive way.

Instead of criticizing poor delivery, you are going to encourage and exaggerate it! You'll find the game releases fear, tension and anxiety by making it OK to be less than perfect. A typical session includes whoops of laughter and helpless giggles alongside pleas to play it again.

It's excellent for middle school students and upwards.

What's in this game package?

The Permission to Present Badly package includes:

  • the basic game and an advanced variation
  • 7 printables - a list of 30 speaking faults and 6 text extracts - 3 fiction and 3 non-fiction
  • full instructions
  • suggestions for further extension activities
  • matching Common Core Standards (ELA)

Product Format: pdf (31 pages)

Price: $5.95

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The focus of this game is primarily articulation and pronunciation. It's based on common drills but delivers the benefits of repetitive tongue twister practice in an uncommon yet highly effective way. Your students will participate in 6 game variations. All of them are fun! Additional benefits include increased awareness of the impact of volume, pace and pitch.

The game, and its variations, is suitable for middle school and upwards. It is excellent for non-native English speakers.

What's in this game package?

The Tangling Tongue Twisters package includes:

  • 6 game variations
  • 44 printable tongue twisters
  • full instructions
  • additional warm-up exercises to support good articulation
  • matching Common Core Standards (ELA)

Product Format: pdf (18 pages)

Price: $5.95

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Ready to buy?

Choose to buy one game for $5.95, or for the best value package, buy all three!

One Minute Speeches

This package includes:

  • Basic game + 2 advanced variations
  • 4 topic collections
  • 368 topics
  • 40 pages in PDF format


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Permission to Present Badly

This package includes:

  • Basic game + 1 advanced variation
  • 7 printables
  • 6 text extracts
  • 31 pages in PDF format


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Tangling Tongue Twisters

This package includes:

  • 6 different game variations
  • 44 printables
  • Warm-up exercises
  • 18 pages in PDF format


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Three Game Package

  • One Minute Speeches Game
  • Permission to Present Badly Game
  • Tangling Tongue Twisters Game


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Buy with confidence. If you find the games are not what you need, email me within 30 days of purchasing and I'll refund your full purchase price.

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