Friday, June 19, 2015

Six Quick Steps to Memorizing a Speech

Whether you like it or not, you will need to present a speech in front of many people at one point in your life. This can be very challenging especially when you're not used to memorizing huge blocks of text. Even veteran presenters may find it hard to memorize and present long speeches in details because our brains are not generally wired to memorizing text. Our brains are wired to understand concepts and recall images and the images in between them. Nonetheless, there a few techniques that you can observe in order to present well in front of a large audience.

Use key images - This is better than memorizing your speech up to the T. Visualize your whole speech and dissect it into key images. Organize these images in your mind in proper order. This will help you present anecdotes in proper sequencing with ease.

Practice with someone - A friend can help ensure that you're presenting parts of your speech in order. He can also provide suggestions on how to deliver certain parts better.

Rest or sleep before studying your speech - If you're sleep-deprived, your brain won't function well. A sound sleep or nap enables the brain to absorb information better.

Engage in activities that  promote neuroplasticity -  Sketching or taking down notes can improve your brain's ability to memorize.

Nourish your brain with the right food - Blueberries are known to slow down cognitive decline. Fish and nuts that are rich in Omega 3 help boost memory.

Take green tea - Green tea contains elements that enhance the neuroplasticity between the frontal and parietal parts of the brain.