One of the main reasons for your stress in presentation and public speaking is that you may not remember a speech and it will embarrass you. Do not worry. Because in this article I want to tell you some practical ways to memorize your speech.
1- Don’t read from the script.
The first mistake many speakers make is to think that they have to have a note and read it word by word.
It’s impossible because you have to have eye contact. And many other problems come along, such as:
– You may lose the line
– You seem too formal
– You may read something wrong.
So it’s best not to have a script with you during the presentation.
2- Do not memorize the sentences
Some speakers don’t have a note with them, but they have memorized the script. It’s wrong too. When you memorize things, you may forget the words due to anxiety and stress, or you may falter.
After bringing the script with you, these kinds of presentation where the speakers memorize the speech is the weakest one. When you memorize your speech, it seems fake and artificial and if someone asks you a question during the presentation, you get nervous and forget what to say next.
3- Use flashcards to remember a speech
Flashcards or small notes come in handy too and help you to remember a speech.
You can have a 10cm*10cm paper and write the titles and essential parts in it. After reading each title, put the next card in front of you and the moment you see it, you remember the whole things about that topic.
This way, you’ll never lose eye contact with your audience, and you never forget your line because all the script is categorized and it’s in front of you.
4- Use PowerPoint to remember a speech
Fortunately, nowadays there is a projector in every salon so you can use PowerPoint. (Read the principles of using PowerPoint). PowerPoint is the same as flash cards except the screen is bigger, and your audience can see it too. By having a PowerPoint presentation, I assure you that you will remember a speech.
5- Have the knowledge
The thing I referred to many times is to know more about your topic. A public speaker can explain communication skills and methods of being a good presenter but an engineer certainly can’t. The same goes for the speakers. The speaker can’t talk about engineering techniques and structures.
This way, when you forget something, you have mastered the subject, and you can add some points to it, and no one notices that you have forgotten things!