So, you have to give a speech, not an easy task. Being prepared is uber-important. You want to have data ready and to seem very knowledgeable, as knowledgeable as you truly are. But, gazing at your notes in a nerdy manner, or stumbling on the slide show presentation is not going to get you any points. Despite the fact that a speech is a professional act, or at least a classy one, it needs, paradoxically to feel unrehearsed and even off the cuff. That is only achieved by a ton of practice. Write out your speech. Memorize it. It’s a good time to have a systemic approach, whereby you learn the overlaying larger ideas first and then gradually incorporate the various paragraphs and sentences. With the core ideas in place, you leave room for some off the cuff flexibility. But, it’s still a good idea to get all the wording accurately into your mind. Once you have those words, you need to get the delivery down. Go over and over the speech, until you have the tone and inflections you want. The little stuff counts. You only need to watch a comic’s precision delivery to realize this.
- You can write out exactly what you want to say in a speech or just write out an outline to guide you.
- After a speech is written, you’ll want to try saying it out loud to see if you might need to make any changes.
- When memorizing a speech, you should begin with broad chunks and work your way down to the smaller details.
“That?s the paradox: you need to memorize a speech, without seeming like you memorized it.”