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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, creativity, 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,
PS. I have an ebook of games - a compilation of the exercises you'll find on my site. It's a one-stop ever-green resource - ideal for teachers.
This is my most popular page of public speaking activities. It's been shared literally thousands of times - 12 thousand and, then some!
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 also has teaching guidelines and suggestions to help introduce and use the games effectively.
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! -:)
The activity it illustrates is a paired one - interviews. In this instance a cabbage is being quizzed about color discrimination.
Why limit interviewing to people? I've met some delightfully eloquent cabbages, a couple of quarrelsome chairs, a vain mirror ...
Encouraging, nurturing and expanding a person's imagination will help them learn to become more flexible in their thinking and more fluent in expressing their ideas.
Talking to vegetables and household objects might seem nonsensical, however it's confidence building!
Oink, Connect the dots, Story starters, End lines, The BIG fat lie, plus two more games. There's loads of public speaking fun here!
This is another page that has been shared thousands of times. 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.
Go on. Find out about Oink! It's guaranteed to get folk laughing.
This collection of exercises contains a useful icebreaker (Interview introductions), and a great preparatory activity to lead into persuasive speaking or debating - For/Against.
There's also one of my personal favorites for choral group work, Conducted Speech which uses tongue twisters (excellent for articulation practice), and there's two more.
Again, the exercises are 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. They'll help develop concentration, mental agility and flexibility, confidence and empathy.
And of course, they're fun!
Two of them, (Hares & hounds, and Murder), are excellent as either icebreakers or warm-ups.
Do 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 an area I am passionate about and the page grew larger accordingly!
There are 36 activities ranging in appropriateness for children of kindergarten age and upward.
One minute speeches and its variations, Permission to present badly - a gem for teaching presentation skills, and Tangling tongue twisters - activities for crisp clear speech, are available singly.
You get all the instructions and resources you need to introduce and play the game (plus its extensions) effectively for $5.95.