• Games, topic printables & more
  • The 4 main speech types
  • Example speeches
  • Business Thank you
  • Commemorative
  • Declamation
  • Demonstration
  • Introduction
  • Maid of Honor
  • Student Council
  • Speech topics
  • Poems to read aloud
  • Speech planning
  • How to write a speech
  • How to prepare cue cards
  • Using props/visual aids
  • Acute anxiety help
  • Breathing exercises
  • Letting go - free e-course
  • Using self-hypnosis
  • Delivery overview
  • 4 modes of delivery
  • How to read a speech
  • 9 vocal aspects
  • Vocal variety
  • Diction/articulation
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking rate
  • How to use pauses
  • Eye contact
  • Body language
  • Voice image
  • Voice health
  • Public speaking activities and games
  • About me/contact
  • Activities and games
  • 5 fun speech games

Public Speaking Activities

5 fun speech games to build skills and confidence.

By:  Susan Dugdale  | Last modified: 04-22-2021

There are five public speaking activities on this page, along with numerous spinoffs.

Their principal purpose is to develop speech fluency and confidence through fun!

You'll find they are easily adaptable to groups of all ages and skill levels: from newcomers to advanced.

I've used them all and know they work. People become so enjoyably engrossed in them, they forget to be fearful!

1. Interview Introductions

Interview Introductions are a great way to break the ice with a new group of people. The exercise has them finding out about each other and then introducing the person they interviewed to the whole group.

As it's a lot less threatening or scary to talk about someone else rather than yourself, you'll find people respond really positively as they're generally eager to represent the person they interviewed well.

Image background a collection of assorted postage stamps. Inset of face of a young woman. Text: Public speaking activities: Paired Interview Introductions. This is Mary from Taupo ...


2. Image Starters

Image: a collage of 7 images. Text: 40 picture prompts.

Picture prompts or image starters are great for sparking  imaginative storytelling and conversations.

Either use my ready-made printable file of 40 picture prompts , (which you can find out more about by clicking the link), or gather up a collection of your own to use.

You'll need interesting images/photos from magazines or newspapers - enough for everybody to have one each and then a few spare.

Place them face down and have everybody pick one.

Using the image as a prompt, what can they share about it? 

Questions to get started are:

5 activities using image starters

If you'd like specific instructions for five different activities based around images you'll find them here: picture prompts for impromptu speeches . 

They range from introductory 'show and tell', like the starter questions above, to more advanced. There are solo as well as group activities.

3. For and Against

Image: Karl Marx. Text:Religion is the opiate of the masses.

'For and Against' encourages flexibility: the ability to see a topic from opposing sides.

A speaker has 30 seconds to talk 'for' a topic and then another 30 seconds to speak 'against' it.

Prepare and print out a selection of controversial speech topics. You'll need one per person.

Put the topics into a non-see through bag. Have each speaker select their topic when it's their turn to speak.

Ideally what's wanted is at least two or three good points supporting both sides: for and against.

Time the speech. Call start, the half way point and, stop.

Sample topics:

For variation split your group into pairs and extend the time limit to 1 - 2 minutes. One person takes the 'for' position, and other takes the 'against'.  

More 1 minute speech practice

Image: stylized clock. Text: From zero to hero in 60 seconds. 150 one minute speech topics with example outlines.

For 150 1 minute speech topics with 3 example speech outlines following the PREP (Point, Reason, Example, Point) format, the full text of three speeches plus audio, visit:  1 minute speech topics .

Get instant organizers for impromptu speeches

For more on structuring impromptu speeches quickly and effectively go to impromptu speaking templates . You'll find 7 useful speech organizers explained (including PREP), alongside suggestions to banish impromptu speaking blues. 

4. The Object of my Affection

Image: vintage match box toy truck Text: The Object of My Affection: 5 public speaking activities

Gather up a collection of small objects, enough for one per speaker. For example: a vintage toy car, a can of sardines, a hair ribbon, an old black and white photographic portrait, a pair of baby shoes .... 

Put all of them into a non-see through bag.

Each speaker puts their hand into the bag and pulls out an object. Whatever they get forms the basis of their 1 - 2 minute speech.

Ideas to help the speakers get started:

5. Conducted Speech

public speaking training activities

This is a group public speaking activity. It is noisy, effective and outrageously good fun! 

Select a tongue twister from this page of  diction exercises  eg. " Sister Susie sat on the seashore sewing shirts for soldiers ".

Divide your class into groups of four. Three in each group will be the speakers and the fourth, the conductor.

The speakers repeat the tongue twister responding to the conductor's direction. He/she can make them go faster or slower, louder or quieter. The conductor could even decide to make it a round by staggering when each person begins! 

The goal of the exercise is to practice articulation coupled with vocal variety ie. speech rate and volume.

It also teaches cooperation and focus, or concentration. Let your mind wander, and it's game over! You've lost it, not only for yourself but your group as well.

Swap the conductor role around to give everybody a turn.

Once everybody is familiar with the activity, give the groups turns at demonstrating their prowess to the whole class. They'll love seeing and hearing each other perform. ☺

If you liked these speech activities ...

E-book cover: Public Speaking Games

You'll love my ebook!

28  public speaking games  (with many more variations and extensions), full instructions, PLUS printable topic, tongue twister, poem and image sheets.

A complete  one-stop-select-print-go  public speaking resource for busy people.

Find out more >>

For more freebie public speaking activities:

What's the difference between these freebie activities and your ebook?

My ebook contains the best of all the games from these pages and then some more strictly Susan specials, PLUS detailed instructions on how to use them.

You'll find out how to select games for a class, introduce them for maximum effect, integrate them into your lesson plans, and so on.

It also has all the topics, tongue twisters, images etc you need to play available as printables.

It's a one-stop, time saving resource that you'll return to time, and time again. Why not check it out?

Image: cartoon of excited girl. Text: OMG. I love presenting and giving speeches. I was a scaredy cat until I played public speaking games. Now I'm cool with it. Wicked eh?

Your students will thank you for it!

speaking out loud 

Subscribe for  FREE alerts about what's new! For more information, click  here

Susan Dugdale - write-out-loud.com - Contact

Top 10 popular pages

From fear to fun in 28 ways

A complete one stop resource to scuttle fear in the best of all possible ways - with laughter.

Public speaking games ebook cover - write-out-loud.com

Useful pages

©Copyright 2006-22 www.write-out-loud.com

Designed and built by Clickstream Designs

public speaking training activities

Dark bluea logo.jpeg


Learning simulations for upskilling.

Interactive Public Speaking Activities and Games for Students

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Public speaking, like riding a motorcycle, is a skill that is best acquired through practice. And what transpires when we have fun doing it? We do it more frequently. The benefits of public speaking are numerous and when you can make the process enjoyable why not engage yourself by practicing frequently. Being a good speaker is advantageous for your academics, social life as well as personal growth. So, here are some engaging and interactive public speaking activities and games for students that one may perform at home with your family/friends or in classroom.

Fun Public Speaking Activities to Try

public speaking training activities

There are a variety of games and activities available to help you improve your communication skills and become a motivational speaker without the need of a formal audience. Let’s dive into a list of games that can help you with you oratory skills.

Photo Story

Storytelling is essential for captivating your audience and ensuring that they remember what you're saying. Find an intriguing photo online and video yourself telling a story about it to practice building narratives. Discuss the history, who the characters are, their dreams, motivations, and everything else that will help you create a captivating storyline about them. For instance, one can randomly present a picture of a toy or any cartoon character and spontaneously make up a story about it.

Dragon’s Den

In Arabian countries, this is considered a classic lion's lair metaphor. Other nations eventually used the term "Dragon's Den" to refer to the game. Dragon's Den is basically a cave where entrepreneurs and investors assemble. The name "dragon" refers to investors, and entrepreneurs must pitch their business proposals to them. Give students a common object, and the student who presents it pretends to have invented it and has to attempt to sell it to Dragon's Den. Three Dragons ask questions and make bids on the goods. In this way they’ll not only develop communication skills but also strong marketing skills.

The Cooperation Game

In this exercise, each participant has to recite narrative which should finish with a particular conclusion, for example: “... and then the rabbit lay an egg.” So whatever the story may be, the last line must be concluded with a given phrase. This is a great way of enhancing one’s oratory skill as well as overcoming stage fright .

In this game, students make up bizarre terms and place them in a box. The speaker must choose a term and define it for the class before using it in a sentence. Example- A Coxswaddle (noun) can be a made-up word for “a strap that is used to tie an ox to a wagon”. So, a sentence formation using the same word might be: "The ox fought the leather coxswaddle on the cart." This way, one gets prepared to speak in any kind of situation.

Super Spies

In this activity, the pupils pretend to be members of the intelligence team for the government. They've arrived for a debriefing in which each super spy recounts how they utilized one of the objects in the room to save a life, rescue the country or arrest a criminal. For instance: “There I was, gazing at my rival, Red John. He was up to his old antics, attempting to steal Olivia's newest tennis sneakers. He'd gotten away from me twice before, but this time would be different. I took out a stapler and sewed his two-tone shoelaces to the carpeted floor. He was discovered weeping beneath the table by the cops." This is a fun public speaking activity that will ultimately improve the thinking and negotiation skills of an individual.

My Fictional Friend

Like Speakolobe , many Public Speaking and Personality Development Workshops or Classes encourage students to introduce their friends. The sole purpose for this is to help students communicate with each other. However, a fun twist can be added to this activity. The students can be asked to introduce their friends who should be entirely imaginary: “Hello, I'd like to introduce Bruce, a hockey player who also likes street dancing. His favorite meal is roasted vegetables. When he grows up, he wants to work at an elephant sanctuary.”

Narrated Drama

public speaking training activities

A narrated drama is can be an interesting activity in which one narrates a story while others act it out. Bengalis in West Bengal (India) have a tradition of performing on stage at important events such as Durga Puja. People participate in recitation, singing, dancing, drama, and other activities. The most common activity is a person singing and reciting a Rabindranath Tagore tale or song, with a troop of dancers performing throughout the songs and a theatrical play during the recital. Students can modify this into a fun exercise in which one person tells a tale while the others play it out.

Commercial Act

Public Speaking is all about persuading and selling a concept, you should hone your advertising and organizational skills to be the best you can be. In this public-speaking game make a one-minute ad on anything you have in your house. Record yourself explaining what makes it unique, how it can improve people's lives and why everyone should have it in their possession.

Tongue Twister

One of the most important exercises to improve oratory skills is Tongue Twister . Like many public speaking games this one is also fun to play. The speaker selects a twister from a box and must pronounce the printed sentence three times without faltering over any syllables. Many students like to be competitive and therefore practice it at home to beat their friends in this game.

An example of a tongue twister is: “She sells sea-shells by the seashore.” Practicing twisters is a great exercise to control speech problems or even stammering. It not only improves one’s communication skills but also improves their pronunciations. It can also be practiced right before an important event such as webinar/seminar or talk show where one is expected to be a decent speaker facing a room full of audience. This will also increase one’s confidence.

Impromptu Game

In this game, you simply stand out in front of a group of friends and someone gives you something to say on the spot. It might be a topic, a sentence, a single word, or anything else, and the speaker is required to speak for five minutes on or utilizing the impromptu. It's engaging and entertaining to play, and helps individuals build confidence and become wittier. For instance, one can be asked to speak on Independence Day for at least four to five minutes. Without any prior preparation he/she has to speak on the topic.

public speaking training activities

Much of what it takes to be a successful public speaker is the ability to tell stories. Teaching students how to come up with stories on the fly would improve their conversational skills. If we want to educate individuals to be excellent speakers, we need to practice speaking on a regular basis and make it enjoyable. That's where technique enters in leading to emergence of such interesting public speaking activities and games for students.

To further enhance your public speaking, personality development and communication skills, book a consultation session with us today.

Language Arts Classroom

Public Speaking Activities for Secondary Students

Public speaking activities should engage secondary speakers & create classroom community. These free public speaking activities are in a speech activity PDF. Looking for speech activities for high school students? Try these interactive & scaffolded public speaking lessons for high school language arts classes. Add these speech activites to your high school English classes or public speaking unit.

Read on for six public speaking activities. Then, sign up for a free download of the activities that you can hopefully use in diverse ways, even public speaking games. 

I earned an endorsement in “speech” for my teaching license. (I’m in Illinois.) In college, I took extra communication courses and observed high school speech classes. Plenty of my extracurricular activities (plus my classes) required me to prepare and deliver speeches. When I started teaching, I had experienced public speaking activities as a student and a teacher observer.

Still, I felt underprepared to teach public speaking. I had zero speech activities for high school students. My first year of teaching, I thought materials were lacking on the Internet, from textbooks, from anywhere (and I searched). This was pre-TpT and I was sinking or swimming. My textbook for the class was about sixty years old, and I had no teacher edition.

That first year I did lots of paddling, but over the years I grew confident in teaching a speech class. I developed fun impromptu speech activities and other speech activities for high school students.

That isn’t to say that I didn’t make mistakes ; I made plenty. Through messy lessons, too-short of lessons, and confused students, I learned to provide structure for students without squashing them. I realized how much preparation was needed. I changed basic rubrics to rubrics that encouraged students to set goals and take ownership of their improvement. Scaffolding and modeling became part of my class.

So! I improved and reflected. After years of teaching public speaking, I crafted ideas for what would help young speakers. Hopefully, these activities help your speech classes too.

I created these public speaking activities to address common areas of concern with high schoolers. Most students fear the nature of a speech class, use too many fillers when speaking, and focus on one area, such as volume and forget about the rest: non-verbal communication, tone, eye contact, etc.

Through coaching speech, spending many weekends at speech tournaments, and teaching public speaking, I created these public speaking activities. I’ve seen variations of these or adapted these from activities geared toward younger students. These speech activities should work well with high school students, but you can modify them for middle school or college speech classes.

These are included in my public speaking unit as well because they can be used numerous times.

Public speaking activities should address the fillers that creep into speeches. Speech class activities can address unnecessary fillers.

Fillers can distract an audience from hearing a really well-developed speech. First, not all fillers are bad. We naturally pause and add fillers. The abundance of fillers, however, can be distracting.

Sometimes speech students are unaware that they use fillers. Other times, students become nervous, pause, and fill the empty time with a filler. Talk with students about the reasons why fillers occur and if they have a time they rely on one. Showing compassion and understanding about a common problem during speeches will relax students, and they will be more likely to work on eliminating an abundance of fillers.

Before starting, choose your topic and write a list of common fillers that don’t positively add to spoken communication: um, yeah, like, uh. Ask students to contribute to the list. I normally write the list so that students can consult it.

Instruct students to speak for 30 seconds (vary the time if necessary) and not use any fillers. Students should realize how easily fillers creep into their speech.

Each student will give a short speech for 30 seconds. The topic isn’t too important. You can choose one for the entire class or allow students to choose.

Students must restart their speech if they use a filler. Some students will try to pause and draw out the speech by not speaking, but most students speak at a normal pace. Overall, the audience is compassionate toward the speaker because everyone realizes the difficulty of not relying on these words.

This activity is perfect after the first formal speech. Students need to decompress, but they also need to eliminate fillers. When I ask students to write goals for their future speeches, eliminating fillers is a common goal.

Speech activities for high school students should work on nonverbal communication. Activities for public speaking can address all forms of communication.

2. Nonverbal practice

Nonverbal communication matters. To help students experience that, ask them to perform an activity where the focus is nonverbal communication.

Students will line up in alphabetical order only using nonverbal communication. I have students line up by order of their middle names since they typically know everyone’s last names. They experiment with different forms of nonverbal communication and have fun. Most often they make a capital letter with their fingers. If some students know middle names, they will switch classmates around.

The real practice is when students realize many of them have a middle name that starts with the same letter. “A” is a common one. Then students must figure out how to communicate the second letters of Aarron, Ann, Alice, and Abraham. I will say I’ve never had a class line up correctly.

This activity is the perfect introduction to nonverbal communication. As students continue through the semester, they’ll be able to focus on purposeful movements that emphasize their points. This nonverbal activity breaks the ice as you start to work on nonverbal communication.

Activities for public speaking can be simple. Add the power of one to your public speaking lesson plans. Speech activities for high school students can be used throughout the semester.

3. One goal

Speeches can overwhelm students. Help students focus on one goal. The best part about the “one goal” activity is that students choose their focus.

As students continue with class, ask them what area they see as the greatest potential for improvement. Brainstorm areas as a class. There is no right or wrong! Students normally list eye contact, proper volume level, appropriate nonverbal communication, and natural movement. Then let students decide what they desire to improve.

Students will individually decide what they want to improve in their speaking—they will each have a goal. Some students want to work on eye contact, others want to balance their volume, others want to stop fidgeting. Then I divide students into small groups. Students will practice the current speech they are creating, receiving constructive feedback when they need to correct an action to meet their goal. Their group will also tell them when they did well and moved toward meeting their goal.

(This is a bit like #1 but fillers are such a huge issue with high school orators that it gets its own activity.) I normally do this activity later in the year after students are comfortable with each other. I also don’t do this activity if I feel a class may not give meaningful feedback. Finally, I share with students that improving in an area is part of most jobs. In teaching, for example, teachers often record themselves and reflect on the video later. They then develop goals for improvement in their profession. (Sometimes it is a public speaking goal!)

This activity works well to meet individual goals and to build classroom community. My speech rubrics contain a spot for consideration on improvement of a goal. Plus, the art of reflection will serve students in any field or career, so I stress that message to them. This focused practice works well because it encourages students to work on a goal in which the teacher had very little involvement.

Public speaking activities can be fun for public speaking students.

4. M&M/ Skittles

Who doesn’t like candy? With this fun exercise, students share information about a topic. You’ll get students talking in a low-stress, engaging way.

This is a fun, quick activity. Bring a large bag of small candies like M&M or Skittles to class. Ask students to take as many pieces of candy as they like, but stress not to eat the candies yet. Pass the bag around. Then, students must tell a fact about themselves for each piece of candy. 15 pieces of candy? 15 facts.

This also works with review. 5 pieces of candy? Review 5 facts with the class concerning public speaking terms. After speaking, students may eat their candy. I’ve used a similar process in other classes to review material.

This activity works well as a review or as a first day of school activity. Students are publicly speaking in their speech class on the first day of school without any feedback or real regulations. Since the process is fun, their first experience in class is a positive one.

Impromptu speaking practice is a great public speaking activity.

5. Impromptu

Most speeches in real life are actually impromptu speeches. Interviews, business meetings, and proposal presentations require people to think quickly and to speak eloquently, all while proving their point.

Activate prior knowledge with a bit of an anticipatory set. Ask students about a time they gave an impromptu speech (even though they did not probably label it “impromptu” at the time!). Most people can relate to the frustration of having ideas but not conveying them well. Many times, people think of what they should have said days later! Students probably face this frustration. Acknowledge that feeling, share they you’ve experienced it too, and supply a solution.

Thinking and speaking on your feet might come naturally to some people. With practice, even those who struggle to articulate their ideas under pressure can improve.

Have students organize a speech quickly by delivering an impromptu speech. Often I would ask a class to write a topic on a piece of paper. (Sometimes I would say that the topic needed to be persuasive or informative—but it always needed to be clean.) Students would write their topic, add it to a box, and draw from a box. The topics were great because I didn’t make them and because students knew they had the potential to draw their own.

After drawing, provide 30 seconds to outline their speech. Then, students will talk about the topic for one minute. As the school year continued, I would increase the speaking time.

Older students who have been in class for a bit will probably organize their speech with a general introductory statement, two concepts, and a concluding statement. (That varies, of course.) If students struggle with the format, create a quick outline they can apply to their topics.

Students enjoy creating their own topics and learn to speak on the spot in a mature, organized manner. At first, students groan about impromptu speaking. This area is actually where I see the most growth. Students gain confidence that they can think and speak quickly, and they start to enjoy the process.

Activities for public speaking can teach students about their tone while speaking.

Tone matters! Many adults don’t realize the tone that they convey shapes their communication. We should certainly work with our students concerning tone so that they are aware of its power. Not only can the wrong tone hurt speakers, but the right tone can also emphasize their message.

Define “tone” for students. Brainstorm times that students know their tone has affected them. (Normally students share stories about times they were in trouble with their parents for having the wrong tone.) Then think of times that the right tone conveyed the correct message. Students might struggle to come up with examples for best use of tone. Oftentimes, a tone that matches a speaker’s message doesn’t stand out, and that is probably because the tone was woven into the message so well.

Experiment with tone with students. Put students into groups, and assign a speaker. (Everyone will have the chance to be a speaker.) Give the speaker a list of emotions and a list of generic statements. Then ask the speaker to choose a question and an emotion that conveys tone.

Finally, the rest of the group must decide the speaker’s tone. This opportunity allows for discussion about intentional tone and miscommunication. You’ll want to circulate as students practice this.

Public speaking activities should engage secondary speakers & create classroom community. These free public speaking activities are in a speech activity PDF. Looking for speech activities for high school students? Try these interactive & scaffolded public speaking lessons for high school language arts classes. Add these speech activites to your high school English classes or public speaking unit.

Public speaking activities can be engaging and memorable. Students might be nervous about giving speeches, so provide a variety of opportunities for them to practice. As you build a classroom community, these activities easily can become public speaking games.

Work on material slowly and purposefully. By helping students see success with public speaking, they will gain more confidence in your speech class and in life. Soon, your speech activities for high school students will be personalized and fit your community.

As you incorporate these activities into your speech units, you’ll discover that they are easily adaptable. Plus, you’ll find the perfect timing for each exercise. Teaching public speaking requires experimentation and reflection. I hope these help!

Would you like these public speaking activities at your fingertips? Download these six lesson plans (plus many more!) when you sign up for library access.

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates about new blog posts, freebies, and teaching resources!

Marketing Permissions We will send you emails, but we will never sell your address.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at [email protected] We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.

Speech activities for high school students can include speech worksheets, fun games, and many twists on ordinary activities.

public speaking public speaking activities speech activities



Home » Public Speaking » 13 Most Effective Games and Activities for Public Speaking

13 Most Effective Games and Activities for Public Speaking

activities for public speaking

If you believe that public speaking comes naturally , then you are mistaken ! It is a communication skill that can be studied and honed.

The best public speakers have dedicated time to perfecting their art . That involves proper communication skills, body language, and polished public speaking activities . They could put in many hours of practice, engage with a tutor, or enroll in speaking classes.

The best part is that you will develop your public speaking abilities and talk more persuasively in time. Public speaking activities can significantly enhance your success. Here, we’ll go through the 13 most effective games and activities for public speaking that may teach you how to talk passionately.

1. Talk Pointlessly

Activities for Public Speaking

A great oration is, as per a study , 38% your tone, 55% nonverbal cues, and only 7% your material . Therefore, this activity for public speaking will help you improve your presentation since it matters more than the content.

The best way to do this is to pick a passage in an unfamiliar dialect over the internet. You can also jot down a nonsense paragraph and practice reading it loudly as if you were addressing an audience.

Notice how you are utilizing the ring of your voice to arouse interest amongst your audience. Pay close attention to your pitch, mannerisms, and overall delivery. You can also do this public speaking activity in front of the whole class.

2. Study the Experts

Try looking up talks regarded as extraordinary in the public eye available on the internet. The most well-known TED Talks ever are a fantastic starting point .

Choose a speech that interests you, and then observe it critically. Examine the speaker’s use of storytelling . The use of graphics plays a vital role in making a presentation successful. Also, note the other elements that help their speech stand out.

3. Thirty Seconds Without Fillers

Filler words are brief, empty phrases or sounds that we employ in conversation to fill up short gaps as we consider what to speak next. At times, we unwittingly speak our ‘umms,’ ‘uhs,’ and ‘ers,’ which interrupt the flow of our talks.

filler words to ponder and cut in public speaking

They not only create difficulties in following you when you speak but also give the impression that you lack confidence and authority.

To do this particular activity for public speaking:

4. Extempore

To do this activity for public speaking, capture yourself speaking spontaneously about any subject you find interesting. The only restriction is that you cannot arrange the topic and the speech beforehand . You can use your device’s stopwatch to start a one-minute countdown .

extempore is good as a public speaking activity

This exercise is meant to help you feel relaxed when speaking spontaneously. It will also help lessen the stress associated with worrying that you will run out of words to convey your idea. Try carrying out this public speaking activity in front of the class. Familiar faces always help!

5. Storytelling Using Pictures

Storytelling is essential to keep your listeners interested and assist them in remembering the particulars you’re delivering.

storytelling using pictures

Please talk about the characters’ backgrounds, personalities, goals, driving forces, and everything else that will help write a fascinating tale about them.

6. Construct a Meaning

Whatever the subject of your speech, you must always come across as an expert on the subject.

To carry out this activity, select a term you are unfamiliar with . Then record yourself trying to give meaning to that unfamiliar word. Pay attention to how you can use your tone of voice to project a stronger sense of authority and influence.

Find Out More About Public Speaking as a Skill

Read Is Public Speaking a Skill to find out.

7. Questions for a Professional

To do this activity for public speaking, you’ll require a friend .

Pick a profession or subject that you are unfamiliar with. Invite a pal to ask you about it, and when they do, respond to their inquiries as if you were an experienced authority. This is a great exercise that will improve your confidence and presentation .

8. Prattle on about a Subject You Dislike

Excitement spreads easily. You must be EnthuZiastic about your issue for your listeners to be as well.

Pick anything you don’t care about, like a household tool, and practice talking excitedly about it. Use your tone, intensity, and gestures to convey the impression that it is the most exciting item in the world.

9. Write an advertisement

Since speeches are all about promoting a topic, develop the craft of marketing. In this way, you will be able to convince anyone and everyone.

public speaking activity - write an advertisement

Film yourself describing the object’s unique qualities, how it may help society, and why each person requires it in their possession.

10. The Origin Story

One activity for public speaking that will improve your storytelling abilities on stage.

Choose a household object, such as a stapler, and share a story of its name’s origins. Create your own story if you like. The goal here is to create the practice of locating and creating compelling narratives out of anything, not to be historically correct.

11. A Different Conclusion

OTT platforms have brought countless sitcoms and movies to our fingertips. We are glued to a show if it has a good plot and a cliffhanger. But, the ending of a show is what we take home. Now imagine your favorite show having two parallel finishes!

a different conclusion

To do this activity for public speaking, you must start by choosing a popular television program or film. And you give it a different finish . Let your creativity run its entire course!

12. One Lie and Two Truths

This one is often relatively simple to beat and has tremendous excitement. And you’ll discover that while some people are good at it, it’s highly entertaining to see others stumble whenever they attempt to lie.

one lie and two truths

Call up all your close friends to partake this activity for public speaking. Now, o ne of your friends will stand up and say three facts about themselves . The catch here is that only two of them can be genuine . The third must be a fake .

The group must then decide which of the three was false before determining whether they were right. This one is, therefore, relatively short and incredibly simple, and you are not required to go into considerable length about it, but it is delightful.

You will win this game if you keep an eye on your friends’ behavioral cues. According to scientists , nonverbal communication helps us to understand a person’s personality. Also, it is an important aspect that will help you in your professional, as well as, your personal life.

Take note of things like eye contact, expressions, posture, hand movements, and voice tone since there are many different ways that people convey information.

13. A False Vacation

This activity for public speaking is mostly made up of one photo or a collection of similar photographs. It can be a farmhouse where you see pictures of animals, the barn, or anything amusing.

a false vacation - public speaking game

You must provide one, two, or three phrases for every picture before moving to the following one. The following image must then be used to carry on the narrative. As a result, you have to keep on making up stories to carry on the narrative.

How can public speaking skill be improved?

The best way to develop the skills for public speaking is to start small and keep practicing. Study the great public speakers, especially their mannerisms and tone.

How do you teach public speaking skills?

As a teacher, you need to understand your students. Please help them be the best version of themselves by providing feedback after every session. Do not forget to be patient with them.

What makes an excellent public speaker?

Speaking confidently in front of an audience is seen as more specific, correct, informed, clever, and likable than speaking less assuredly. Feeling anxious is normal, but if you want to succeed in public speaking, you must overcome your anxiety.

How to gain confidence in public speaking?

Maintaining eye contact with your listeners, using hand gestures to highlight points, and moving around the stage will help you appear confident on stage.

Being an excellent public speaker involves delivering engaging stories. You will become a more effective public speaker if you train yourself on how you can come up with innovative ideas for storytelling in the moment.

To educate yourself on being an excellent public speaker, you should frequently practice and make it enjoyable. It is similar to learning to ride a bike. In no time at all, you will develop the necessary skills.

If you had fun practicing these fun games and activities for public speaking, let us know in the comments.

' src=

By Shramana Biswas

A prolific reader, musician and chess enthusiast, Shramana likes to write about everything and anything that interests her. As a firm believer of 'carpe diem', she travels whenever she can.

Leave a comment Cancel reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

15 Fun Public Speaking Activities

Much like riding a bike public speaking is a skill that is best learned through practice. And what happens when we enjoy doing something that we do? We do it more often.

So here are 15 fun public speaking activities that you can do, either by yourself or with a group of people or if you are running a class you can use this using with your students as well. ( more public speaking activities here )

[youtube id=”4zRgNymCB7w” mode=”normal” align=”center”]

Making Public Speaking Fun Quote

What Are The 15 Fun Public Speaking Activities?

I truly believe that making public speaking fun is one of the things that are going to take an average public speaker and give then enough practice to turn them into a good or great public speaker.

1. My Friend’s Fictional Life

In this activity, what you do is you get up in front of people (you can do it home by yourself as well) and you take one of your friends and you introduce them. However, instead of introducing them in the normal way you make up a fictional life for them.

So you say, hi this is Jane Smith, and she actually moonlights as a jazz pianist for the underground mafia. And you talk about her life, whatever it may be.

So this is fun because it makes you been creative, it’s very easy to think of these things on the spot and just roll with it. It’s generally pretty funny as well.

2. Impromtu Game

You basically just get up in front of people and somebody gives you something impromptu to run with.

It might be a topic, it might be a sentence or it might just be a single word or anything like that. But generally we run with just a certain topic.

For example: They need to talk about climate change or they need to talk about what makes a great teacher, or they need to talk about social media changes or whatever. So that the impromptu game.

3. Funny Image Game

This is similar to the impromptu game, but basically what you do is you give the speaker a funny image; you can find these easily just searching through Google and you get them to talk about that image.

You can pretend it’s their life experience and how this impacted my life or they can talk about why this image is important and what this image means or what’s the story behind this image.

4. Continuous Story

This is best done with a group of people. Each person gets up and might speak for anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute and they start telling a story.

And when their time is up, the next person has to get up and they have to continue the story.

So, obviously each person doesn’t know what the person before them is going to say and so they have to continue the story.

The goal of this is to make the story make sense. This game helps people engage in listening and learn to be creative enough to make the story continue on and make sense.

5. Something In My Wallet

You can use your own wallet or (if people are comfortable enough and happy to do it) you can get the person sitting next to you’s wallet.

Take an item out of the wallet and discuss what this item is and why its important and obviously you are trying to elaborate and make it funny as much as possible.

6. Action Story

This can be done in 2 ways.

A) You tell a story that has a whole great of actions in it and as a speaker you have to do these actions yourself whilst speaking.

B) Or the audience has to do the actions themselves while the speaker is giving their speech.

So you could say; I did a big stretch when I woke up in the morning. And everybody has to stretch. And then you say, I put on my hat, and everybody has to do the actions in line with that.

7. Make A Commercial

Get a bunch of things from your room or from your house, bring them in and you need to make a commercial about these items.

Someone is giving a random product. It might be a deodorant, might be an iphone, it could be anything. And then they are required to give a 30 second to 1 minute commercial on this product and talk about why this is so awesome and why people should buy it. So that’s a really fun one as well.

8. A Fake Holiday

This one is done with images primarily and a set of images that are related to each other.

So it could be a farm where you have images of animals, or the barn house or something funny happening on the farm.

The speaker is required to tell maybe 1, 2 or 3 sentences for each image and then you click forward to the next image.

Then they need to use the next image to continue the story.

So you are using these images as the key cards, as to where the story needs to go so the person needs to adapt the story based on the images that are given.

9. Alternative Ending

You take a well known TV show or a well-known movie. And what you do is you create an alternative ending for it.

10. Connect The Nouns

Connect The Nouns Fun Public Speaking Game

This is really a fun one, I really like this one.

You can do this by either putting nouns on key cards shuffling them up and picking 2 up at a time or you can use this  random noun generator .

You get 2 nouns and you then have to create a story that connects that 2 nouns.

So it might be ‘a sheep’ and ‘a mechanic’ or it could be ‘friend’ and ‘shoelace’.

Then you have to create a story that connects those 2 nouns together.

11. How It Got It’s Name

Take an item (for example: packing tape) and you need to create a story around a packing tape and why it’s got its name that way.

You have to make it exciting.

12. Oink Substitution

When you are giving a speech you must allocate one word that you have to replace with word ‘oink’. Or you can use ‘moo’ or you use ‘woof’ or whatever it is that you want.

So you can use the word ‘I’ and replace it with ‘oink’.

So you would say: “Oink went to the movies and oink bought some popcorn.” And so you replace that word ‘I’ with ‘oink’.

This challenges your mind, and it makes that little bit harder to deliver a presentation. And it’s pretty funny for the audience, as well.

13. Which Is A Lie?

Which Is A Lie Public Speaking Game

This one is generally pretty easy to out work and a lot of fun as well. And you will find that some students do it really well, but then some students just fumble when they are tying to lie and its quiet humorous to watch.

A person gets up and tells 3 truths about themselves, but 2 of them need to be true and  one of them needs to be a lie .

So they get up and they tell 3 things about themselves and then the audience needs to choose which one was a lie and they see if they were correct.

So this one is really quick, really easy and you don’t have to go into a great detail about it but it can be really fun.

14. Definitions

Make Your Own Definitions Speaking Game

Get really big words that nobody really knows what the meaning is. You can do this using  this big word generator  or another tool (just Google it). Or you can just go through the dictionary and pick some strange ones yourself.

The speaker has to get up – they are given this strange word and they need to with confidence tell the class what this word means.

Obviously they are making it up, but they need to do it confidently.

15. Endings

You give a person an ending. It could be a saying: “Diamonds are forever” or an ending to a story ‘and the man cried for 3 days’.

You give them an ending and they have to create a story that matches up with that ending.

A lot of being a great pubic speaking is about story telling. Teaching people how to creatively think up stories on the spot is going to make them a better public speaker.

I have previously talked about how public speaking rubric actually damages the progression of public speaking skills . We need to continually practicing public speaking (like riding a bike) and have it be fun if we want to teach people to be great public speakers . Technique comes along with that.

So keep that in mind, keep public speaking fun and I hope that you enjoyed these activities.

18 thoughts on “15 Fun Public Speaking Activities”

public speaking training activities

Great activities Ryan! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be using these with my graduating seniors to help them write their speeches!

public speaking training activities

Thank you for uploading these activities, Ryan. I’ll be using it with my kids.

public speaking training activities

These are fun and practical. Thanks for sharing

public speaking training activities

Great Ideas Ryan. I am a public speaking trainer in Spain and ypur ideas helped me to mix up my classes and have some fun activities. Thanks.

public speaking training activities

Very nice activities and funny too! Shall use in my sessions with students.

public speaking training activities

These are activities are definitely doable and fun! I would love to try these with my Oral Comm students! Thank you!

public speaking training activities

This is a Supercalifragalistic piece. I already think this will work without having tried it, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the revelation Ryan

public speaking training activities

Great tips. I used some of them for my classes. Really enjoyed your video too! Well done!

public speaking training activities

Thank you for downloading these ideas. I will be using several of these for teaching a Speech Class. They will also be helpful for beginning Debate Class as well.

public speaking training activities

Good sharing. Im gonna use it for my pupils. Tq.

Pingback: November 13th | Meeting Agenda – Lee Early College Beta Club

Pingback: November 27th | General Meeting Agenda – Lee Early College Beta Club

public speaking training activities

Very practical, thank you for sharing! I will use most of them with young people with intellectual disabilities.

public speaking training activities

how these activities can lead the students to participate in big events in the school? thank you

public speaking training activities

Thank you for these wonderful suggestions. I will use them with my EAL students.

public speaking training activities

Thank you for sharing your great innovative ideas, we will definitely use for my students. THANKYOU

if(typeof ez_ad_units != 'undefined'){ez_ad_units.push([[300,250],'slightlyunconventional_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_12',122,'0','0'])};__ez_fad_position('div-gpt-ad-slightlyunconventional_com-large-mobile-banner-2-0'); Leave a Comment Cancel Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .


Teaching Expertise

24 Public Speaking Games for Kids

public speaking games for kids

August 1, 2022 //  by  Alison Vrana

Public speaking is a life skill, so kids need to learn communication skills from a young age. From preschool to high school, practicing public speaking through games and activities makes speaking and listening fun. Kids will love these public speaking activities, many of which I have done in my own classroom.

These fun-filled speech activities are divided up by age group, but many are adaptable for any age. Here are 24 public speaking games to build those essential skills.

Preschool Games

1. silly pictures.


You can do this in a classroom or at home. Find a funny image to show the child (think a cow in a kitchen or flying cars), then ask the child to use his observation skills to explain what's silly about the pictures.

Learn More:  ASHA Org

2. What Am I?


Describe what you do with an item or items, and then have the child guess. For example, you might say, "we use this to color", and the child might say pen, pencil, marker, crayon, etc.

3. Map It Out


Print out or draw a basic map. Choose a starting location on the map, then have the child describe how to get to another location on the map. As they give directions, move your finger or pencil to help the child visualize his directions.

4. Simon Says


The common activity, "Simon Says", helps with both listening and speaking. The kids completing the actions have to listen, but you can also have a child be Simon, allowing him to practice leadership skills.

5. This or That?


Give kids a choice between 2 controversial topics and ask them to choose one. The key to this engaging game is requiring kids to explain why. Examples include cats or dogs, hot dogs or hamburgers, mountains or beach?

Learn More:  Mama Duck

Elementary School Games

6. roll call responses.


Each day, as you call attendance, have students respond to an idea, fill-in-the-blank, or topic. For example, what's your favorite movie? If I had all the money in the world, I would ____________, etc.

Learn More:  Gunnison Extension Colostate

7. Mystery Box


Hide an object in a box so only the speaker can see it. Have the speaker describe the object to the class without saying what it is. The other kids must guess what the object is as fast as they can. You can adapt this for older kids by making the objects more obscure.

Learn More:  ESL Activity

8. Imaginary Animal


Have a student describe an imaginary animal to the class. While the student describes the animal, have the entire audience draw the animal. Students can take turns describing. This is a great activity to teach both speaking and listening skills.

Learn More:  The Classroom

9. Conversation Dice


For this activity, you need dice like these. Put students into small groups. Students will roll the dice and then discuss the topic that appears on the dice. It is helpful to set a time limit for the conversation and do this with different groups and multiple rounds.

10. Find Your Partner


Use pieces of paper to make several well-known pairs. For example, macaroni/cheese, Oreos/milk, peanut butter/ jelly, etc. Each paper should only have one piece of the pair. Then disperse the slips of paper so each student gets one. Students will then find their partner that completes the pair.

Learn More:  Mom Junction

11. Rose, Thorn, and Bud


Play this game at the end of the school day or at dinner time. Each child will say her "rose", the best part of the day, her "thorn", the worst part of the day, and her "bud", the thing she is looking forward to the most for the next day.

Learn More:  Seattle's Child

Middle School Games

12. tie the shoe.


I challenge students to explain how to tie a shoe without using gestures. As they explain, the other students try to follow the directions to tie their own shoes. This is a great activity to practice oratory skills like using descriptive language and presenting a process.

13. I Can't Believe That!


I have students practice saying "I can't believe that" in different tones. I begin this activity by having students write down different tone words on slips of paper (ie sarcastic, funny, depressed). Then, I have students pick a tone out of a hat and say "I can't believe that" in that tone.

14. I Went to the Market


Start by having the first students say, "I went to the market and bought chocolate", then each subsequent student must repeat the previous items, then add their own. So the 5th student might say, "I went to the market and bought chocolate, bread, cheese, eggs, and milk".

Learn More:  Learn Podium School


Play the traditional game of Taboo or add a variation. This is a great impromptu game for vocabulary-building and review. I enjoy playing Taboo tournaments in my classroom with several groups competing against each other to win a prize.

Learn More:  Edutopia

16. Role Playing Variations


Each student reads a well-known story, rhyme, poem, etc. (think "Mary Had A Little Lamb" or "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star") in a predetermined voice, tone, or volume. Have roles prepared for students to draw out of a hat? Examples of roles include whisper, exasperated, queen, Matthew McConaughey, etc.

Learn More:  Fluentu

17. Best Excuse


Create a situation where the students must make up an excuse. A good example is showing up to class late. Have the students present their made-up excuses to the class. The best excuse wins! This is a fun and engaging impromptu game.

Learn More:  Charlie's Lessons

High School Games

18. 30-second shakespeare.


This hilarious game is great for a speech class or a class teaching a novel or play. The teacher assigns a scene or story to a group of students, and they have 30 seconds to act out the scene. In addition to improving public speaking and acting skills, this game also can be a great review tool.

Learn More:  Now Spark Creativity

19. Sell It!


Begin by having a box of mundane items (think stapler, candy wrapper, clock, etc.). Have students pick an item from the box. Give them 2 minutes to prepare an impromptu sales pitch. Then have them pitch the item to the class. This game encourages the must-have public speaking skill of persuasion.

Learn More:  Teach Wonderful

20. Teach Wonderful


Break students into even groups. One group sits in the inner circle, while the other group sits in the outer circle. The inner circle participates in a student-led discussion about a topic or text, while the outer circle evaluates the discussion. Then, the groups switch.

Learn More:  The Teaching Factor

21. Lying Games


Games like Balderdash , Malarkey , or 2 Truths and a Lie encourage creative thinking as well as close listening skills. Each game requires listeners to seek out the truthful statement, and speakers to create a lie or tell the truth (but make people think it's a lie).

Learn More:  ESL Games

22. Half-Life


Groups of students act out a scene in a given amount of time, then the next group performs the same scene in half the time, and the next group performs the same scene in have of that time, and so on. 90 seconds is a good time to start out, but you can make this as long or as short as you want.

Learn More:  Session Lab

23. Boat Debate


Put students in small groups and assign them a role of a famous person. Tell them their boat is sinking and they have to kick one person off the boat to survive. Each student gives a 15-second persuasive speech as to why she should stay, then all the passengers vote someone off the boat. Do this for several rounds until only one passenger survives.

Learn More:  United Ambassadors

24. The Moth Game

Screenshot 2022-07-28 005737

Use this story cards game in your classroom in small groups or with partners. This is a fantastic game to practice narrative structure. Each card has a topic or prompt. Students pick a card and tell a story related to the topic or prompt. You can also easily make this game if you're creative!

Learn More:  Amazon

Related posts:

You'll also like:.

No related posts.

halloween activities for middle school

Library of facilitation techniques find the right tool for your next session


Public Speaking Workshop Activities

Thiagi Group

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse


Object Matching

One person holds up an object to the camera The rest of the group is given 8 seconds to find a matching object The first person decides what is the best match

Status mingle

Start with eye contact instructions (2 groups) & mingle switch roles & mingle choose and change status Explore external vs. internal

Story Spine

create a story using Kenn Adams Story Spine

Once upon a time... Every day... Until one day... And because of that... And because of that... And because of that... Until finally... And ever since then...

One Person One Thought

In groups, each player takes a turn talking for 90 seconds while expressing one thought at a time to one person.

Partners improvise scene in 1 minute. Then repeat same scene in 30 sec. 15 sec. 5 sec. 1 sec.

Design effective live and online workshops

Eye contact count.

In small groups, speaker must hold eye contact with each person for 5 seconds at a time while speaking about any topic

Vojta Žák

Get over your fear of public speeches and presentation by embracing the beauty of making mistakes.

Christian Badea

Shakespearean Insults

People will do a remake of a Shakespearean scene except they will improvise it a little and change the words with something funnier.

Gettysburg address

The participant will try to act like Abraham Lincoln and pronounce loudly and clearly as if he was in a wide open area.

Some features unfortunately do not work as intended on Internet Explorer. Please, use another browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) for best performance. Thank you!

5 Public Speaking Games to Enhance Your Communication Skills

If you want to become a leader then public speaking is a must skill you would want to ace at. Everyone in this world becomes keen to build a career into fields where one gets a chance to practice as a leader, entrepreneur, businessman, businesswoman, doctor, lawyer, and many more. The secret of becoming successful is to speak well and with confidence. Rather it is a matter of fact that the practice of speaking games have improved the confidence level of the speaker to a different tangent.

Many people around the world fear public speaking due to a lack of confidence. There can be many reasons for an individual to not try out public speaking. However there shouldn’t be particularly one single reason that should hold you back from giving a shot at turning the tables by improving and making yourself better.

Public Speaking Games

In a study, it has been found that around 75% of people fear public speaking. The reason behind public speaking fear is very simple it is either the following:-

Even if the reader is among the 75% don’t worry we have some fun games to enhance your public speaking skills. Additionally, we need to keep in mind that these games can be played by any aged individual and with anyone. Below we have shortlisted some of the simple yet highly beneficial games to enhance your overall public speaking skills.

1. Tongue Twister Game

This is one of the famous speaking games that one can play anywhere and at any time. The game is very easy to play and does not need any extra materials to start. This interesting game can be enjoyed by all ages.

Players in this game are given a phrase to say. The phrase given should be repeated maximum times without making a single mistake. A Player who can say the phrase for the longest amount of time without any mistake will be the winner.

Doing this will help the speaker spread their tongue muscles that are highly important for a speech. Using the technique of the game will help the speaker develop clear pronunciation and the speech patterns.

Read more about it at https://www.quillsandquotes.ca/post/12-fun-games-to-get-students-public-speaking

Tongue Twisters | Improve Pronunciation and Accents

2. Speak Anything

“Speak Anything” is mostly played in the school or University premises. It is a critical part of the student’s vocal education and improvement.

What to do:-

Vector Doodles - Speech Bubbles. Business, Finance and Success. Stock  Vector - Illustration of element, data: 58382353

3. I Went to the Market (Memory Game)

Public speaking not only means reading everything out of the paper, the speaker must remember important points. Practicing this game can brush the memory power of the speaker. It is best to play this game in a group.

The motive of this game is to remember as many items in the shopping basket or list. Playing the game with that motive is quite easy but, remembering them could be difficult.

The first player will start by saying “I went to the market and bought a pack of onions”. Now, the second player in the line will continue saying “I went to the market and bought a (putting the grocer name of the first player’s item) and a (new item that is purchased). Then the third player will add all the shopping items said by all the players and put his new list.

Similarly, all the players in the game will continue to take their turns and keep on adding new items to the list. Any player who will make a mistake will be eliminated and only one player will be the winner.

Read more about it at https://childhood101.com/learning-games-for-speaking-listening-thinking/

I went to the market and bought - ESL worksheet by mrs_teach

4. Whisper Message or Secret Message

This is quite a famous public speaking game, especially for kindergartners . In fact, this game is best played with a group of youngsters or kids. This public speaking game is quite simple and easy to play but, have each player will have to remember the phrases.

How to Play:-

All the players will sit in a line or could sit in a circle. The first person starting will whisper a short message or secret to the next person in the line or circle. In fact, the same message or secret should be passed to the next person and this will go from person to person.

Now, the last person in the line or in the group will announce the message out loud. The message should be the same as the first person. But, it is sure that in the end the message will change from the original one as it has been passed along.

Hand drawn doodle people speak and listen icon Vector Image

5. Straight 30-second Filler-Free

We tend to make many mistakes while delivering a speech and one of them is using filler words. Using filler words while making a speech or writing on paper does not sound well. The person making a speech or writing on a paper should be more professional. They should instead use professional or attractive words to make the speaking attractive.

This public speaking game is to clear that part out from the speaker. This is a great exercise to take out the filler words from the speaker. The speaker while playing this game must record themselves while giving a talk on any random topic.

The speaker should talk on that topic for at least 30 seconds or more but, without using filler words. Whenever the speaker is using any kind of filler words they must start over. This speaking game or exercise should be practiced ten times a day for better public speaking.

Read more about it at https://ethos3.com/2018/03/10-public-speaking-games-activities-try/

How to play 30 Seconds | Official Game Rules | UltraBoardGames

Examples of Filler Words

Here are some of the examples of filler words:-

Discover the impact of filler words when you are selling online: based on  analyzing 1M calls (good, the bad and the ugly) | Avoma Blog

There are thousands of exercises to improve your public speaking skills. In fact, we do have an exercise for “proper breathing in public” for good delivery of the speech. But, conducting or practicing these simple public speaking games you can really improve your speaking skills.

People who read this also read:

Public Speaking for Kids: How to Judge And Know Your Audience Better

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Quills and Quotes | Mississauga | Children's Afterschool Writing Programs

Quills and Quotes

12 Fun Games to Get Students Public Speaking

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

kids playing games

Speech games are the best way to get kids excited about public speaking. The kids are having so much fun, they don't even realize they are talking in front of an audience. Keys to making the games fun are to demonstrate the game so everyone understands the rules, and switch games when the students get restless. Also, decrease anxiety by asking for volunteers to lead the first activity, and if the group is large, break into smaller groups. Most important, at the end of each game, provide positive feedback and ask the students what skills they learned.

1) Spot my Lie: A student volunteer stands in front of the class and tells 2 truths and a lie about themselves and the class guesses the lie.

2) Dragon’s Den: Give students an ordinary object, the presenting student pretends they invented it and they are trying to sell it on Dragon’s Den. There are three Dragons that ask questions and bid on the product.

3) The Cooperation Game: Have 3 volunteers tell a story. The catch is each person can only say one phrase of the story and the story must end with a pre-determined ending: “...and then the rabbit laid an egg.”

4) The Noun Game: Have the class call out 3 random nouns and the speaker has 1-minute to tell a story that connects all three nouns.

5) Tongue Twister: Students invent a tongue twister and write it down on a piece of paper. The speaker picks from a box of the twisters and must recite the written phrase three times without stumbling over any words.

6) Balderdash: Students create crazy made-up words and put them in a box. The speaker picks a word and must define the word for the class and use it in a sentence.

ex. Coxswaddle (noun): a strap used to keep an ox secured to a cart. "The ox struggled against the cart's leather coxswaddle."

7) The Job Interview : A pair of students conduct a job interview. The interview is for an unusual job made-up by the interviewer.

“I see you have applied to work as a dog-barker at our security firm. You would be required to bark when home alarms are triggered. What qualifications do you have for this job?”

8) Super Spies: The students are all part of the government’s Intelligence Team. They have arrived for a debrief session where each super spy explains how they used an object in the room to save a life, save the country, or catch a criminal. “There I was in Nike, staring at my arch nemesis the Green Gobber. He was up to his old tricks, trying to steal the latest Kyrie basketball shoes. He escaped my clutches twice in the past, but this time would be different. I grabbed a stapler and stapled his two-tone shoelaces to the linoleum floor. The police found him crying under a fort of runners."

9) The Crazy Story: The teacher starts a story, "Two friends settled in for a night of camping in their backyard..." and each student adds to it. The last student must end the story.

10) The Quill Story That Never Ends: as above, but substitute the word "Quill" for every personal pronoun (he, she, me, I, him, her, his). If you mess up, you must sit down. The game continues until there is one student left. "After grabbing the money, Quill leaped into the getaway car."

11) My Fictional Friend: A pair of students come up and introduce each other, but the introduction is completely fictional: “Hi, I would like to introduce my friend Bruce who plays triple-A hockey and enjoys ballet dancing. His favourite food is raw octopus, and he wants to work in an elephant sanctuary when he grows up.”

12) The Movie: the speaker tells a story while the class acts it out. The speaker must keep their hands behind their back and not do any actions. “When I walked into the store, I was shocked to see wall-to-wall hula hoops. Of course, I immediately put one on and started hooping…”

#quillsandquotes #writespeaksucceed #publicspeakinggames #education #publicspeaking


  1. Public Speaking Lessons for PROMETHEAN BOARD

    public speaking training activities

  2. Pin on Public Speaking Training Courses

    public speaking training activities

  3. Public Speaking Training

    public speaking training activities

  4. Public Speaking Training For Beginners

    public speaking training activities

  5. Public Speaking Training for all of your Workers

    public speaking training activities

  6. Public Speaking Training for Schools (Workshop)

    public speaking training activities


  1. Video 19:

  2. Public Speaking Skills| Techniques for getting attention of audience| Learn Communication Skills

  3. Public speaking is a Learnable skill

  4. Public Speaking Exercise

  5. Public Speaking Training

  6. Video 25 :


  1. 10 Public Speaking Games and Activities to Try

    10 Public Speaking Games and Activities to Try · Speak Nonsense · Learn From the Pros · 30 Seconds Filler-Free · One Minute Off-the-Cuff · Tell a

  2. Public Speaking Activities

    Sample topics: · money is the root of all evil · a country gets the government it deserves · 'green' politics are just the current fashion · pets in

  3. Interactive Public Speaking Activities and Games for Students

    Fun Public Speaking Activities to Try · Photo Story · Dragon's Den · The Cooperation Game · Balderdash · Super Spies · My Fictional Friend · Narrated

  4. Public Speaking Activities for Secondary Students

    This is a fun, quick activity. Bring a large bag of small candies like M&M or Skittles to class. Ask students to take as many pieces of candy as they like, but

  5. 13 Most Effective Games and Activities for Public Speaking

    13 Most Effective Games and Activities for Public Speaking · 1. Talk Pointlessly · 2. Study the Experts · 3. Thirty Seconds Without Fillers · 4.

  6. 15 Fun Public Speaking Activities

    What Are The 15 Fun Public Speaking Activities? · 1. My Friend's Fictional Life · 2. Impromtu Game · 3. Funny Image Game · 4. Continuous Story · 5. Something In My

  7. 24 Public Speaking Games for Kids

    24 Public Speaking Games for Kids ; Preschool Games. 1. Silly Pictures. W6nQzrAHSMMguiaAd28Y · 2. What Am I? c870x524.jpg ; Elementary School Games

  8. Public Speaking Workshop Activities

    Public Speaking Workshop Activities · Keep Your Finger on the Pulse · Object Matching · Status mingle · Story Spine · One Person One Thought · Half-life · Eye Contact

  9. 5 Public Speaking Games to Enhance Your Communication Skills

    1. Tongue Twister Game · 2. Speak Anything · 3. I Went to the Market (Memory Game) · 4. Whisper Message or Secret Message · 5. Straight 30-second Filler-Free.

  10. 12 Fun Games to Get Students Public Speaking

    5) Tongue Twister: Students invent a tongue twister and write it down on a piece of paper. The speaker picks from a box of the twisters and must