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[Speaking-Out-Loud December 2016] "Would you rather?" - a pdf Christmas present for you
December 21, 2016

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Would you rather have it all, or know it all?

Would you rather do ten kind unknown acts, or one kind act that is known by everybody?
Would you rather be kind, or attractive?

Welcome to the world of "would-you rather?" - a world of conundrums, puzzlers, quandaries and vexed questions - the perfect prompts for a round or two, or three, or more, of quick-fire speechifying.

You'll find "would-you-rather" great for:

  • bridging generations - everybody can play
  • encouraging conversations
  • developing imagination and whimsy
  • suspending reality
  • dispelling boredom - particularly the back seat "Are we there yet?" variety of a long journey by car
  • AND of course practicing impromptu speaking!

Get the questions

They're in a downloadable pdf. To get them just click on the link - Would You Rather. There are 48 questions to play with.


  1. Print the pdf of questions, and then cut each question out.
  2. Put the slips of paper into a container/bag that can not be seen through.
  3. When it is their turn to speak a player closes their eyes and picks out a slip.
  4. Slips/questions that have been used are put to one side to stop anyone else from choosing them.

The rules

For a start keep it simple. Once the game is known add layers of complexity if you wish. However to ensure everyone gets off to a good start, and has fun, keep the rules to a minimum. Demonstrating how it's done before you begin will help the novices.

  1. The topic selected by a player must be used by them. They can not put it back and get another.
  2. A player must begin talking "on" the topic as soon as they have read/heard it.
  3. Encourage talking for at least one minute but no more than two or three.

Take it up a level

Once your players are comfortable making choices and talking to support them, lift the performance expectations. Now a speaker will talk without deviation (straying from the topic), hesitation or repetition. You can find out more about this advanced version here .

While you are checking that out, take your time to look over the other speaking games on the page. Many of them will adapt easily into games the whole family can play. For example: - Definitions or Story Circles.

For even more verbal hijinx and silly speaking nonsense, that delivers major public speaking benefits in the guise of fun, check out public speaking activities - 5 fun speech exercises.

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More presents!

This is becoming more than a bit of an annual tradition!

In my 2014 and 2015 Christmas newsletters I referenced my 2013 newsletter on the joys of reading aloud. I said in 2014, and 2015, "it was still top of my giving list." It is now 2016 and nothing has changed.

Connecting through story telling or reading aloud is a timeless gift. If you click those newsletter links you'll find a treasure trove of stories to share across all age groups. Magical!

PS. The 2015 newsletter also has a give away pdf of speech topics. Last year it was song titles. You might like to collect that too, if you didn't get it twelve months ago.

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Until next time,
Happy speaking, happy holidays


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