I’ll explain how to
memorize a speech, but first let’s talk
about why you’d want to do that
delivering a speech. without notes is
like walking a tightrope. you don’t have
any support and the fear of messing up
can be pretty scary. but you don’t want
to feel scared you want to feel super
confident. and that’s why most people
want to memorize their speech it makes
sense. so I’m going to explain not just
how to memorize a speech but how to give
a fantastic speech, that people will love
and admire you for here’s the first big
secret about memorizing a speech
nobody knows you’ve done it and the
second big secret nobody cares it’s not.
about being a robot delivering a word
perfect speech. why because a great.
speech is about your message. how you
deliver it not about being word perfect.
your audience wants to be engaged and
entertained or educated.that’s what
your goal should be. so here are three
simple steps for achieving that and then.
we’ll get into the memorization part
obviously you need to have great content.
memorize only the outline or key points
of your speech then practice giving the
speech. all right time to get memorizing
so why are you only going to memorize.
the key points of your speech because it
will be enough to give you. the
confidence you know what to say next
without sounding like a robot. it
frees up your mind. so you can
concentrate on your delivery.
connecting with your audience
now memorization is all about
visualization and Association. you create
a mental image in your mind of what you
want to recall. and then link it to the
next thing you want to remember. for
example let’s say you need to give a
best man speech at a wedding go through
your speech. divide it up into around
five toeight sections for each section.
create a picture in your mind that
represents the key point or theme you’ll
start with the introduction. so you might
imagine two hands shaking now visualize.
the room or space where you’re giving
your speech there’s going to be an
in a room picture the two hands shaking.
in the front row of the audience that’s
your starting point next choose specific.
locations in the room or audience to
visualize more images keep this nice and
simple. you can choose the corners of the
room and the corners of the audience.
whatever you decide make sure there’s a
natural progression from one spot to the
next, because that’s going to help you
recall the correct order of your speech.
you’ll start with the introduction then
you might mention what a lovely wedding.
ceremony it was and say how beautiful
and charming the bridesmaids are tell a
funny story about how you and the groom
met. when you were kids and how he used
to steal your lunches at school so you
divided your speech up into five to
eight sections. then you create a mental
picture that represents each of those
sections and visualize each image in
certain places around the room.
giving the speech. if the speech is happening in a room. you’ve never been to before practice in your head with a standard room.if you can visit the real room as early as possible. so you can transfer your mental images to their actual locations. now what happens if you want to add more details you might notfeel comfortable with only eight mental pictures to help you. so here’s what you do for each section of your speech choose the extra details. you want to make sure you mention in the introduction you might want to mention. you’ve been friends with the groom for 25 years and how happy you are.
he found his perfect match you could use a quarter a 25 cent coin to represent 25 years and picture. it’s shaking hands with a smiley face holding a match. when you visualize the shaking hands you’ll
know it represents the introduction of your speech. you’ll be prompted to say how long you’ve known the groom.you’re happy he found his perfect match.so you can add more details to your mental pictures by turning a single image into a little scene. that’s as much as you should memorize now you’ve
got your mental cue cards firm place. it’s time to start practicing your
speech again this isn’t about being WordPerfect. it’s about you feeling comfortable and confident
with what you’re saying to begin with you’ll probably stumble a lot.