By John Zimmer, mannerofspeaking.org
These are difficult times. The coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit the world hard. And it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.
One of the impacts is that millions of people are now homebound because of the virus and it is not clear when this confinement will end. It makes for long days, especially for parents and children, and for those in apartment buildings without easy access to the outdoors.
As a gesture to offer people another activity that they can do if they are confined at home, my friend and business partner, Florian Mueck and I have have lowered the price of the app version of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™ to $1.99. This price will remain indefinitely.
The purpose of the game is to give people a fun way to improve their public speaking skills. It is like other board games in that you roll the dice and move your marker around the board. But with RHETORIC, every time it is your turn, you have to stand up and deliver a one- to two-minute speech to your fellow players. There are four types of speeches:
Topic – Players draw a card with one or two words on it. They must speak about the topic.
Challenge – Players draw a card that has a challenging question or instruction. Challenges will stretch your comfort zone!
Question – Any player can ask the speaker a spontaneous question on any topic. The speaker then spins a wheel that determines the structure of the response.
Reflection – Players may talk about anything they like. No cards, no questions, restrictions. You have free rein.
The app version of RHETORIC has three themes (Classic, Family and Business) and can be played in six languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Catalan). It’s a fun, inexpensive and educational source of entertainment.
So if you want a break from the deluge of news, or even from Netflix or YouTube, visit the App Store or Google Play and give Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™ a look. You can also visit our website to learn more.
Have fun and most importantly, stay healthy! Practice social distancing, wash your hands and help each other out. We will get through this together.