I remember when I was in the Toastmasters, I for some times was thinking about how to make my speeches more varied. Unlike most of my co-members, I was more interested in experimenting, than in polishing each speech and the basic skills. Now, I will admit that most members improved a lot more from speech to speech. But unlike the rest of them, I think I had less anxiety.
Well, in order to make it more varied, the following list helped a lot. I think I got the list from one of the Steve Pavlina's videos, but I am unable to find it again. I think it was his presentation before the conscious heart workshop.
Here is the list:
- written exercises
- partner exercises
- small group exercises
- sharing opinion / experience
- crowdsourcing / brainstorming
- physical exercises
- hot calls/live coaching
- creative exercises
- field work
Inside the Toastmasters speech, there are some that are hard to be used, for example mingling or field work. But I had used 10 of these methods inside my speeches. And it was fun.
I am posting it here, in case somebody else also finds it useful.