Did you know that the fear of the speaking is the most common phobia in the United States, even ahead of the fear of death? That’s right — at a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than have to give the eulogy. Yikes.
If you are among the many, we are here to help you dissolve this fear. This article is all about how to memorize a speech faster, smoother, and more effectively so that you awe the audience with your soaring confidence and impeccable delivery.
Oh, but we won’t stop at teaching you how to memorize a speech… We will be giving you other awesome memory techniques, such as how to memorize lines, how to memorize the periodic table, and even how to remember your dreams.
We are equipping you to be a memory wizard!
How to memorize a speech faster and more efficiently
1. Don’t write out your speech
Word by word, that is. Here are just a few problems with writing out your speech word-for-word:
- You are more likely to stumble upon your words.
- You risk sounding like a robot.
- It’s a zillion times more difficult to remember.
- Think you nailed it by remembering every word? Nobody knows the difference.
So, here’s the idea: Instead of writing your speech out word-for-word, just write an outline of what you want to say.
This way, you only need to memorize the key points you want to get across to your audience. This frees up the mind and allows for more charisma, emotion, and flow. Your outline only has to be 1-2 word points for every topic you’d like to cover. Keep it simple, you just need enough direction to keep your thoughts on a steady stream.
2. Visualize and create a Memory Palace
Now that you have a basic outline of your speech, assign each point a mental image. For instance, if you want to talk about your company’s profit, you may create a mental image of a bag of money (or a dollar sign). Do this for every point, and don’t be shy — you can make these as weird and quirky as you wish (nobody’s going to know about them).
After this, you can create a “Memory Palace.” A Memory Palace is an ancient memory technique that leverages our brain’s impressive spatial memory to help us memorize lists (or an outline, in this case). The basic idea is to use your imagination to place these mental images in a room that you are very familiar with. So, for instance, you can imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing a giant bag of money on your bed, then place other mental images throughout the room as you would scan it.
You can learn more about this impressive memory technique and how to memorize a speech using it here.
Need we say more? Practice, practice, practice.
Practicing will really help to build your confidence. Also, don’t worry if your speech is different every time — as long as you are getting all of the main points across, it’s perfect.
4. Remind yourself of your expertise
Whatever you are giving a speech on, you are an expert. Don’t let fear get in the way of remembering this. Remind yourself of your brilliance, and let your knowledge and wisdom flow out of you.
Relax, do a dance, laugh. You’ve got this.
Other awesome memory hacks
While we’re riding the memory train, here are a few more quick, awesome memory hacks to use when learning how to memorize lines, how to memorize the periodic table, and even how to remember your dreams. Okay, let’s go!
How to memorize lines
Need to memorize your lines for a production? Here are a few quick, simple tips to help.
- Read the script and fully understand it’s meaning
- Try writing out your lines
- Move around, gesture, and convey emotion as you memorize them
- Visualize your lines and the messages they convey
- Memorize one chunk at a time
- Record yourself
- Repeat your lines (over and over)
- Relax and give yourself many mental breaks
How to memorize the periodic table
For most chemistry classes, in grade school and college, you are required to tediously memorize the periodic table of elements. Or, perhaps you wish to have them memorized for fun! Either way, here are some tips to make the memorization process far less tedious.
- Create images for all the elements (for example, someone waving “Hi!” for Hydrogen)
- Use the Memory Palace technique
- Use flashcards
- Break it down and learn sections at a time (for instance, learn the noble gases first, then the halogens, etc.)
- Check out this catchy song from AsapScience
How to remember your dreams
Do you ever ask yourself, “Why can’t I remember my dreams?” If so, you are not alone! Here are some tips you can start implementing right now.
- Be sure to get enough good-quality sleep (8+ hours)
- Set the intention to remember your dreams
- Keep your alarm clock close to your bed (getting up to turn it off disrupts your thought process and dream recall)
- As soon as you wake up (before you even move) think about what you were just dreaming
- Keep a dream journal
- Keep a note by your bed that asks “What did you dream?”
- Avoid alcohol or medication (even the green kind) before bed
- Try these dream herbs and supplements to help boost your dream recall
Photo: Christina Mänd Lakhiani on the stage at Mindvalley’s Afest, Sardinia
Do you have any other tips on how to memorize a speech (or anything, for that matter)? How about tips on how to remember your dreams? Share with us in the comment below!