How to memorize any speech and impress an audience with your public speaking skills?
Today 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, word-for-word nobody knows you’ve done it , and the second big secret nobody cares it’s not about being a robot delivering a wordperfect speech , why because a great speech is about your message and how you deliver it not about being word perfect, your audience wants to be engaged and entertained or educated and 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:
1-Have Great Content
2-Memorize the Outline or Key Points of Your Speech
3-Practice and Rehearse Giving
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, and it frees up your mind so you can concentrate on your delivery and connect with your audience. 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 and divide it up into around five to eight sections for each section, create a picture in your mind that represents the key point or theme. Will 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 audience 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, will 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 it when your kids and how he used to steal your lunches at school.
So, you divide 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 you’re 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 and 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 not feel 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 shaking hands with a smiley face holding a match.
When you visualize the shaking hands you’ll not represent the introduction of your speech and you’ll be prompted to say how long you’ve known the groom and 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 seen, and that’s as much as you should memorize, now you’ve got your mental cue cards firmly in place it’s time to start practicing your speech.
Again this isn’t about being word perfect, it’s about you feeling comfortable and confident with what you’re saying, to begin with, you’ll probably stumble a lot and that’s totally fine, nobody’s polished at the beginning talk only using the key points you picture in your mind ,as you practice your naturally get into a groove of how you say things, it won’t be exactly the same each time, but your focus instead on a great delivery.
keep practicing and you’ll rely less and less on the imagery in your head, but it’ll be right there if you need it, if you do happen to forget your next point pause and take a breath while they check your mental cue cards, rather than memorizing your speech your focus will now be on making your speech memorable, for your audience and that’s when your public speaking becomes fantastic.