Did you know that 75% of the population suffers from glossophobia? That scary sounding word is one of the most common phobia’s in the world, fear of public speaking.
I’ll bet even as you are reading this, you are getting nervous thinking about giving a speech.
I have got good news for you. In this article, I will share with you a step by step method on how to memorize a speech the smart way.
1. Write Out Your Speech
The first step in the process is to simply write out your speech.
2. Rehearse Your Speech
Now that you’ve written your speech, or outline, it’s time to start saying it out loud. It’s completely fine to simply read what you’ve written line by line at this point. What you are working on doing is getting the outline and getting a feel for the speech.
3. Memorize the Bigger Parts
As you are rehearsing your speech, you want to focus on memorizing the bigger parts, or the main points.
4. Fill In the Details
Now that you have the big chunks memorized, it’s time to work on memorizing the details. These detail points will provide support and context for your major points. You can work on this all at once or break it down to the details that support each major point.
5. Work on Your Delivery
You’ve got the bulk of the work done now. You’ve written your speech and rehearsed enough times to have not only your main points memorized but also your supporting details. In short, you should have your speech almost done.
The Bottom Line
The next time you are asked to give a speech don’t let glossophobia rear its familiar head. Instead, remember this easy to use guide to help craft a powerful speech.