How should I memorize a speech?
I don’t generally memorize any of my presentations. If you create a detailed outline and then practice giving your speech to a few friends, you’ll probably do fine unless you have really bad stage fright.
If you do have stage fright, simply memorizing your speech word for word is likely to cause you problems because it will be difficult to remember while under pressure. If you want to give your speech word for word, you can memorize it, but keep the speech with you just in case you have to revert to reading the speech. If you do this, make sure you use some type of method to keep track of where you are in the speech. You don’t want to stumble around for 2 minutes trying to find your place if you get lost.
For verbatim memorization, checkout this method. It contains a simple tool for practicing memorization.
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