Ideas for Impromptu Speaking

One way of making sure that each of my student in my speech class is able to speak before the end of  the semester is through Impromptu Speaking. In conducting Impromptu Speaking, I make sure that my students shall not have a hard time to express themselves since it requires no preparation and (in my case) usually done without prior announcement. Of course, though I make it easy, I still make sure that they will have to think.

When I conduct Impromptu Speech activity, I use pictures and questions.

FIRST WAY: Through Pictures

“A picture speaks a thousand words”, says a famous quote. Sure enough, when you show a picture to someone, it will provoke different kinds of emotions and ideas. When you do this you’ll sure be surprise how your students look differently at the same picture. Here is the procedure.

1. Prepare 20 pieces of pictures. It may be printed from the internet or cut outs from magazines or journals. The pictures may be of a famous persona, an event, a food, an advertisement or may depict a current issues.If you want your pictures evolve around a certain them the go ahead. That will be no problem.

2. In class,ask students one by one to stand in front and pick a picture to describe. Make sure that they are facing upside down.

3. Then the rest of the rules shall be up to you!:-)

It is better if you can have more pictures to avoid duplication, which may cause repeating of ideas.

SECOND WAY: Through Questions

These are the questions I often include. It is reflective and thought-provoking.They are really worth asking. You may try to answer it yourself before giving it to students. As the activity move, you’ll be surprised to know that your students have better ideas than yours.

  1. If you could instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would you give?
  2. What does it mean to be human?
  3. What do you have that you cannot live without?
  4. What are three moral rules you will never break?
  5. What would you not give up for $1,000,000 in cash?
  6. If someone could tell you the exact day and time you are going to die, would you want them to tell you?
  7. If you left this life tomorrow, how would you be remembered?
  8. If you could live the next 24 hours and then erase it and start over just once, what would you do?
  9. Why do you matter?
  10. What makes a person beautiful?
  11. Do you see to believe or believe to see?
  12. If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
  13. Who is the strongest person you know?
  14. When is love a weakness?
  15. What are your top three priorities?
  16. If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself one thing, what would you tell?
  17. What is your earliest childhood memory?
  18. In your lifetime, what have you done that hurt someone else?
  19. What’s the best part of growing older?
  20. Where else would you like to live?  Why?
  21. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
  22. Based on you current daily actions and routines, where would you expect to be in five years?
  23. How do you see yourself after ten years?
  24. Would you rather your child be less attractive and extremely intelligent or extremely attractive and less intelligent?
  25. Would you rather your child be less attractive and extremely intelligent or extremely attractive and less intelligent?
  26. If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why
  27. If you could live forever, would you want to?  Why?
  28. If you could go back in time and change things, what would you change about the week that just passed?
  29. What do you want more of in your life? and What do you want less of in your life?
  30. How would you describe your relationship with your mother?
  31. What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend?Why?
  32. If I gave you $1000 and told you that you had to spend it today, what would you buy?
  33. re you more like your mom or your dad?  In what way?
  34. What job would you never do no matter how much it paid?
  35. What’s one downside of the modern day world?
  36. What was the nicest  thing you did for  someone else?
  37. Would you rather be a great musician, athlete, scientist, artist, politician, or  writer?
  38. What is true strength?
  39. If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45pm?
  40. What do you think would people say about you at your funeral?
  41. If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into?
  42. If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked “you why should I let you in?”, what would you say?
  43. If you were stranded in an island with three person, who woud be that three persons?Why did you choose them?
  44. ‘If you had to write your own personal definition of the word “Success”, whatwould it be?
  45. If you could be a farm animal, which one would you be?
  46. If you could either  be rich or famous, which would you choose?
  47. If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?
  48. If you could meet anyone from the past, who would it be?Why?What would you tell him?
  49. .What are the  things/changes you’d do/make if you were president of the School?

Note*The students will have to justify and elaborate their answer, even though some questions son’t ask why.


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