How to Memorize a Speech
Do you spend hours, sometimes days or even weeks trying to learn a speech and then when you stand in front of an audience, you freeze up and forget what you were going to say? Here are some useful ways to help you memorize a speech you are going to give or a speech you are listening to.
There are five steps to this process:
- Number 1: Write out your speech as if you didn’t have a memory system.
Don’t write your speech out word for word, because it will make you sound corny or too prepared and unnatural, instead, just write out the bullet points. These bullet points will be brain triggers to lead you to what you want to talk about.
You have five bullet points in your speech, so you would write out these five points out on a sheet of paper, as you prepare, just like you would normally do. This step is important to learning how to memorize your speech, as it narrows down your points to bullet points, making it easier for you to deliver your speech seamlessly.
- Number 2: Use the Memory Palace or Mind Palace Technique.
This technique is where you are going to store the data in your memory.
First, stand in the doorway of every room of your house and number five pieces of furniture in each room. Then pick five major pieces of furniture in that room, like a Desk or a TV or a Refrigerator etc. Then go to the next room and pick and number five more pieces of furniture in that room. So if you have ten points to memorize in your speech, you will need to pick and memorize ten pieces of furniture, if you have 15 points to memorize in your speech, you will need to pick and memorize 15 pieces of furniture.
- Number 3: Create Images/Pictures for those five bullet points that you wrote down
Let’s say your first bullet point is Increasing Profits. You want to turn that in to a picture, something that is going to remind your brain to talk about increasing profits. For me, I would see money, just money flying everywhere.
Your second bullet point is Time Management. For this, you need to think of a picture that is going to remind you to talk about time management. For me, I would pick a big clock, maybe a huge grandfather clock.
The next bullet point you wrote down is Communication Skills. You can use a telephone for this visual. So when you see a telephone that’s going to remind you about improving communication skills.
The fourth point you want to talk about is Goal Setting. You want to create an image to remind you of goal setting, for me, I picture a field goal, like on a football field.
Your last bullet point is Teamwork. You want to talk about how to work together as a team. So for this, I think of everybody’s favorite sports team, The Texas Rangers!
- Number 4: Visualize the pictures on the furnitures of each room of the house
Now you just want to visualize the pictures around the room, remember each furniture represents a point, so you will need to remember 5 pieces of furniture for 5 points, 10 pieces of furniture for 10 points, 15 pieces of furniture for 15 points and so forth.
However, in this scenario, we have five points. You take the first point you want to talk about, which is a picture of lots of money (Increasing profit) and you want to visualize that on your first piece of furniture. So if the first piece of furniture that you numbered is a bed, you can imagine money flying out of that bed.
The second thing you want to talk about is time management. Remember we pictured the clock for that point. So lets say your second piece of furniture is a dresser. Picture the big, old grandpa clock sitting on top of the dresser, and the alarm on the clock is going off.
The third point you want to make in your speech is work on communication skills, and for that, we pictured a telephone. Let’s say the third piece of furniture in your house is a TV, so now you need to attach the telephone to the TV to remind you to talk about communication. Visualize that phone ringing in the TV screen. The more crazy, bizarre, unusual and vivid you can make these pictures, the better chance you’re going to remember them.
Moving on to point number four is a goal post, that will remind you to talk about setting goals. So on that fourth piece of furniture, whatever that furniture may be, perhaps a stove, imagine a goal post on that stove and imagine you see yourself kicking a field goal, right through the goal post, winning the super bowl, but that will remind you to talk about goal setting.
Then on to point number five, you will see your favorite sports team (The Texas Rangers) it doesn’t have to be the rangers, it can be whatever team you like. See that sports team on your number fifth piece of furniture. You have now memorized all 5 points to your speech.
- Number 5: Practice, Practice, Practice
The way you practice is imagine yourself walking around that room, mentally. On your first piece of furniture, you see money there, so you remember to talk about, as a company, how to increase profits.
On the next piece of furniture, you see the clock, so that triggers your brain to remember to talk about Time Management Skills and how we need to manage our time more affectively.
Next, you see the telephone on your next piece of furniture and you talk about improving Communication Skills as a team, and becoming a good communicator. The next piece of furniture, you see a goal post, so that reminds you that you need to talk about Setting Goals. Then of course, you need to wrap up your speech and talk about Teamwork and how you need to work together as a team.
Remember, this is only an example for if you have five points, but you could easily have 10 or 15 points, you can also have sub-points to each topic. You can use more furniture for that. This is how you would be able to deliver a speech from memory.
It also works in reverse. If you’re listening to someone else’s speech and you want to memorize their speech, you can use the same concept.
You would need to take notes during their speech, just like you would do anyway. Then go and turn the main ideas (bullet points) in to pictures and place those pictures around the furniture in your house. When you’re going home from hearing the speech, you can literally review and memorize their speech in your mind.
The pattern would be review, practice, practice. It is important that to memorize a speech, you must practice. That goes with anything and everything. To learn how to memorize a speech is important but to practice how to memorize a speech is what will help you the most.
Who knew how to memorize a speech was so easy? As long as you are attaching pictures to words, you will always be able to memorize anything. Visual is important for your memory. Giving a speech that does not require you to read off from your notes can be more affective to your audience than if you were to read off your speech. Being a good speech giver can be very inspirational and motivational to many people. Learning to memorize a speech will significantly boost your confidence in giving speeches.
For more tips on how to memorize a speech, click the link below: