15 Fun Public Speaking ActivitiesOn August 17, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Much like riding a bike, public speaking is
a skill that is best leant 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. Hi am Ryan McLean, and I am from pubicspeakingpower.com
where we teach people like you, how to become powerful pubic speakers.
So 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. Ok, so what are the 15 activities?
The activity number one is called 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 basically
you take one of your friends, or if you are in a group setting you allocate someone to
this person and you get them to introduce them, to make up a fictional life for them.
So you say, hi this is Jane Smith, and she actually moonlights as a jazz pianist in 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.
Activity number 2 is the impromptu game, which is very simple. 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 it might just be a single word or anything like that.
But generally we run with just a certain topic, 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.
Number 3 is the funny image game. Which is similar to an 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. So that can be, they can talk
about. You can pretend it’s their life experience and how this impacted my life or you can talk
about, you know why this image is important and what this image means, what’s the story
behind this image. Number 4 is continues story, which is best
done with a group of people and basically each person gets up and might speak for anywhere
from 20 seconds to a minute and they start telling a story. And what happens 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 that the person before them is going to say. And so they have
to continue the story. And the goal of this is to make the story make sense, it’s not
just to be, you know, cut and change, but it’s actually make people engage in listening
and then be creative enough t o make the story continue on and make sense.
Number 5 is called, something in my wallet. And basically what you do is, as a speaker
you can get up in front of the crowd; you can use your own wallet or you can get up
if people are comfortable enough and happy to do it you can get the person next to you,
use his wallet and you have to take an item out of their 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. Number 6 is called action story and what this
means is you get up as a speaker and this can be done in 2 ways. So, one of the uses
is you tell a story that has a whole great of actions in it and as a speaker you have
to do these actions yourself. Or you can do it as a speaker; the audience has to do the
actions themselves. So you could say; I did a big stretch when I woke up in the morning.
And everybody has to stretch, you can say. And then you say, I put on my hat, and everybody
has to do the actions in lie with that. Tip number 7 is to make a commercial. And
so what this involves is basically you get a bunch of things from your room or from your
house, bring them in and you need to make a commercial. So 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. Number 8 is a fake holidays. So, this one
is done with images primarily and a set of images that are kind of related to each other.
So it could be a farm; you got images of animals, or the barn house or something funny happening
on the farm. So the person is required to tell maybe 1, 2 or 3 sentences and then you
click forward to the next image. And 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 based on the images that are given.
Number 9 is called an alternative ending. So, this is when you take something, it could
be one of the well known TV shows, or it could be a well-known movie. And what you do is
you create an alternative ending for it. So when you are talking about, you know, in the
hunger games, when this happened, this is not what actually happened, here is what actually
happened and then you talk about this alternative ending that you are creating.
Number 10 is connecting the nouns. This is really a fun one, I really like this one.
Basically you can do this by either putting nouns on key cards shuffling them up and picking
2 up or you can use a random noun generator, which I’ll link to on the website. But basically
what it is 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’, it could be ‘friend’ and ‘shoelace’.
And then you have to create a story, about, that connects those 2 nouns together. I really
like that one. Number 11: how it got its name. Basically
you take an item. I have got a packing tape here. And you need to create a story around
a packing tape and why it’s got its name that way. And obviously am just going to say,
because it’s tape that you used to pack. And you have to make it more exciting or posted.
How did it get its name? It was actually made by, Russell Posted and you make up a story
about it. Number 12 is called ‘oink’ substitution.
And what this is, is you are giving a speech but you allocate one worked 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 with ‘oink’. So it just challenges your mind, and it makes that little
bit harder to deliver a presentation. And it’s pretty funny for the audience, as well.
Number 13, which is a lie? 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 tumble when they are tying to lie and its quiet humorous to watch. But basically,
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 real fun tone there as well. Number 14 is definitions. And so what we do
is get really big words that nobody really knows what the meaning is, so you can do this
just by doing a Google search for big word generator, or something like that. Or you
can just go through the dictionary and pick some strange ones yourself. And basically
the person 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. And number 15, the last one is called Endings.
And basically we 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’, or something like that. You
give them an ending and they have to create a story that matches up with that ending.
So a lot of pubic speaking is about story telling, story telling, is so importing. So
teaching people how to creatively think up stories on the spot is going to make them
a better public speaker. So I talked about, in a previous episode that public speaking
rule breaks actually damages the progression of public speaking skills. And that we actually
need to continually practicing public speaking and have it be fun and effective and technique
comes along with that. So keep that in mind, keep public speaking fun and I hope that you
enjoyed these activities. You can find more videos, more pod casts, and more articles
like this by heading over to the website. It’s publicspeakingpower.com. And thank
you so much for watching and listening to this episode.