Public speaking is an essential part of life, and one inevitably finds out that by mastering this trait he or she has a robust advantage over competitors in all walks of life, whether professional or social.
However, it is a skill that most people fail to master properly due to a lot of reasons such as nervousness, a lack of preparation or stage-fright. A combination or one of these reasons is sufficient to harm your confidence in the long run, and cause your public speaking ambitions to take a huge hit.
Experiences like these may haunt you for the rest of your life in academic and social arenas. So how do you make sure that you steer clear of all these detrimental factors? How do you make sure that you polish and hone your public speaking skills to your maximum benefit?
The answer to this is very straightforward, the first step to success in the public speaking arena is to make sure that you effectively memorize your speech; however, if you suffer from nervousness or stage fright, and dislike speeches, you definitely have some work cut out for you.
But don’t worry, read through this article and discover some amazing techniques that will definitely aid you in your quest to become an amazing public speaker.
Practice and Recitals
Repetition makes learning easier, and this is true for memorizing speeches as well. Read your speech out a lot; understand each meaning while focusing on key phrases.
Make sure that there are no loopholes and weaknesses in your arguments, it’s better to spot and plug them during such recitals. Be at one with your logic, argument and points, and as you keep revising your work you’ll realize that you are able to recite small portions of the speech without looking at it. Reinforce these portions since they will become your milestones while memorizing your speech.
Although this method becomes a tad bit tedious and dull, it is one of the most effective ways to make sure that you give one of the most memorable speeches of your lifetime.
Another tremendously successful and efficient way to memorize speeches, especially in a short amount of time, is playback. And the best part is that it’s easy as 1-2-3.
All you need to do is to get hold of a recorder or a recording app, recite your speech perfectly with flawless breaks and immaculate timing, and then press play. Listen to your recording as much as you can. This comes in handy when you don’t have enough time to memorize your speech through recitals.
Listening to your speech repetitively reinforces it in your mind, and after listening to it for a few times you will definitely be able to recite and memorize your speech in a short amount of time.
Writing your speech for memorization is the oldest trick in the book, and it will implant your speech in your memory in no time.
One of the biggest plus points in this technique is that you get another chance to analyze your speech. To make this technique more potent, combine it with the aforementioned playback technique and try to match your own recital while jotting it down as fast as you can.
This is extremely effective, since writing and learning at the same time speeds up the information processing in your brain.
The ‘Divide & Conquer’ Technique
Memorizing a speech looks like a daunting challenge especially if the particular speech you need to memorize is a long one.
The best thing to do in this case is to divide the speech into multiple parts, not too many, but just enough to ease the mental stress of taking on a long and arduous task. When your speech is segmented, you can take breaks between the segments, and make pointers and headings out of each of them.
You can also revise the whole thing from the start when you re-start your revision. This buttresses your previous memorization and polishes your overall effort in terms of your timing, fluency, delivery and execution.
A combination of these techniques can easily allay all your public speaking fears. Also, these techniques can make sure that all your apprehensive and anxiousness during memorization disappears.
According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 74% people suffer from speech anxiety, but you don’t have to be one of them.
Thoroughly re-hearse these techniques, and make sure that you become one of the 26% that can conquer the world with their public speaking prowess.