Games For Teaching Conversation Skills to Adults and Teens

Games For Teaching Conversation Skills to Adults and TeensAlthough not many of us will have to deal with speech disabilities, confusions and miscommunications are still common issues we can find happening in our daily life.

These communication hiccups such as, inappropriate word choices, pronunciation errors or grammatically wrong structure can lead to significant consequences – embarrassment, missed appointments, inaccurate applications, etc.

To refine our communication skills, using games to improve can be fun while learning more on the importance of a good conversation. As a result, we can develop ourselves with a more tactful manner and the capability to have more effective communication with others.

One Minute

The One-Minute game is a fun activity for small groups. Prepare a list of topics that participants might like to talk about – such as athletes, sports teams, movie starts, singers, animals, and clothing brands. Start the game with one person from the group to begin the sharing.

If that person pauses, hesitates, starts repeating himself, or completely stops, then another person in the group can say, “Err”, “Repeat”, “Hesitate” and take over the game. Be clear that taking over the conversation is allowed, and whoever is left speaking at the end of one minute will be the winner.

Conversation Tag

With an actual conversation in real world, we rarely play out like a tag you’re it game. The purpose of this game is to teach participants on the appropriate time on listening and speaking during a conversation. It will start with 2 persons, with one beginning the conversation and tag the other person lightly when it’s his turn to talk. After he finishes, tag the first person, giving back the chance to speak.

This can extend into a more exciting game by doing it in a large room or outdoor area where participants can run around, tag and talk. This will provide the chance to understand how to balance the speaking time within a conversation.


This game is especially helpful before a special event such as a stage performance or presentation. Have the participant practices what he would do during the event and act out the entire conversation. This game can help with those who struggle with stage fright or peer pressure issues. The preparation, remarks and support that participant will receive can be helpful to support him to get through the conversation and play out completely.

Open-Ended Questions

This game helps participants to use other words to answer questions without saying the words “yes” and “no”. Forcing them to search for words to convey meaning and help them realize how much more they can have in a conversation.

Begin the game by placing one person on a chair in the center of the group. The others will start asking questions, if the person in the chair makes a mistake with “yes” or “no”, he must leave the chair, and someone else takes the turn. Repeat till everyone has had a chance in the chair.

True or False

A quality conversation sometimes requires us to be able to make others believe what you say is true. This game is to help participants how to convince others.

Have the first player choose a word that is rarely used or unknown to most. That person then creates a new definition or share the actual definition with the group. Next, have the others ask questions and decide whether the definition given is true or false. The person gets one point for every person who is deceived. The winner of the game is the one with the most points at the end.


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