Giving an effective speech is a paradoxical activity.On the one hand, no one enjoys being read. You seem unengaged and unprepared if you’re looking down at your notes or, worse, simply reading from the slideshow.
The voice, on the other hand, should sound normal. Even though they have undoubtedly practiced thousands of times, good speakers sound as though the words just came to them in a conversation.
That is the problem: you must memorize a speech without appearing to memorize it.
Fortunately, there is a technique for accomplishing this that can be learned.
How To Memorize A Speech: A Step
1. Outline The Speech
The first step is to prepare your speech in writing. There are two ways to do this. The first is to write it down exactly as you want it to be said. It will work if you’re a good writer or if you’re trying to script out a presentation precisely.
However, since most people are more comfortable speaking than writing, it’s always preferable to write the speech as an outline rather than a complete script.
2. Practice your speech using your script/outline.
Then, with your script in hand, practice speaking your speech aloud. It’s fine to read it at this stage. You simply want to hear how it sounds in the context of a speech before attempting to memorize it.
When you start reading your speech aloud, you’ll always find sections that need to be modified—this sculpting method in which large chunks are deleted, added, or reordered to improve the tone.
3. Memorize everything from the big to the small.
The trick to recalling a speech is to do it in a hierarchical order. You should begin with large chunks, then specific paragraphs, phrases, and finally, specific intonation and word timing.
4. Begin with the Large Chunks.
Starting with the largest chunks is the best place to start. The logical and rhetorical substance of your speech should be these—the general strokes of what you’re attempting to express.
The easiest way to learn it is to write down the key points on a piece of paper and then attempt to recall them when covering them up.
5. Concentrate on the Minor Points
You should move on to the smaller points after you’ve persuaded yourself that the large chunks are fully memorized (which shouldn’t take long). These aren’t sentences, but they do convey the sense of what you’re trying to say.
6. Make a mental note of the delivery
Hopefully, you’ve memorized the major sections of your speech, as well as all of the points you’ll need to make in and section. You can remember the general structure of the speech first, then the points to be made, and finally, some of the ways you’re trying to say those points.
7. Make your speech.
Although we’re now on to presentation rather than practice, it’s vital to remember to concentrate on the high-level chunks and points rather than the words and delivery in your head at this stage.
However, there will be times in your life when you will be required to give a speech in which the stakes are high, and there are no second chances. Knowing how to correctly memorize a speech so that you can repeat it precisely without sounding robotic is a valuable ability to have in this situation.