Preparing speech in an extremely short time is not an easy task. When there is only a few hours left before the presentation, and you have not even started preparing your speech ... Well, we do not envy you.
BUT, do not despair! There are several ways to help you remember your speech perfectly, in spite of a few hours of preparation.
Step 1: The first and perhaps most important is to invent and print the text of your speech. Remember, you do not need to copy information that is already reflected in the presentation slides. No need to tell the audience what they already see.
Step 2: Turn on the recorder and read the entire speech aloud. The main thing is not just to read the information from the sheet, but to imagine that you are already giving your speech to the audience. Your speech should be emotional and “lively”! This will help to better remember all the information, believe me.
By the way, we advise breaking the speech into several basic points and separately reading each of them on the recorder. In this case, you will be easier to navigate in your speech, and the process of finding the right passage will be significantly reduced.
Step 3: Start listening to your speech. By the way, you can do this while doing simple tasks, for example, making illustrations in PowerPoint for a visual series that will reinforce the presentation.
Step 4: Do not stop at one or two auditions. Once you have learned one part, move on to the next. Methodically, repeatedly click on “play” until you understand that you know the whole text in advance.
Step 5: Having well remembered all parts of speech, try combining them in a different order. So, in case of unforeseen circumstances during the performance, you will be ready to change your speech so that it is invisible to the audience.
Step 6: Going to bed, put the audio of your speech to repeat. Try to listen to it several times before falling asleep.
Step 7: In the morning, wake up half an hour early and rehearse the speech 1-2 times.
Step 8: Remember the most difficult moments and listen to them additionally just before the start of the performance.
Step 9: Relax, remember, you will succeed! And if in doubt, we recommend reading this article.
Of course, preparing a speech in one night is a difficult but doable task. The main thing here is not to succumb to excitement and tune in to productive work.
As professionals in the field of presentation consulting, we do not recommend leaving the speech preparation to the very end. Ideally, a few days before the speech, begin to work out the main points, gradually, forming the whole concept of the presentation. With this approach, you will be well oriented in your speech, and the presentation will not look "memorized."
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Step 1: write a plan for your speech
Never write your speech verbatim and never try to remember it verbatim. It will sound corny and mechanical. And you need a speech that sounds natural. In addition, if you only remember key points, it gives you the freedom to say something spontaneous, which can be a great addition to your presentation. The easiest way to write any words or short phrases that may remind you of what you wanted to tell. Since this is your speech, these key points are all you need to stick to your thoughts. Thus, the first step is to prepare as if you are not going to use any memorization technique.
Step 3: create the “Palace of Remembrance”
To remember anything, you need a place to store data. The Loki technique is best suited for this, with the help of which the “Palace of Memory” is created. This technique has existed for more than two and a half thousand years, it is described in books about Sherlock Holmes, and it was also used by Shakespeare in his theater. You need to imagine what you need to remember on the furniture in your home. It will take you about twenty minutes to build the "Palace of Memory", that is, choose the furniture that you would like to use for this technique. But as soon as you master this technique, you can use the "Palace of Memory" for a variety of things in your life. Stand at the door of a room or office and, starting on the left, give numbers from one to five to any pieces of furniture. If this is not enough, proceed to the next room and number five more objects - from six to ten.
Step 4: Visualize
Now you need to combine the images that you have chosen for each of your key points with the furniture you numbered in the previous step. But when you do this, you need to think in parallel about the smells, tastes, sounds and feelings that you associate with a particular way for a particular piece of furniture. The more actions and emotions you can imagine, the better. Do this for all key points, from the first to the last. This is how you can remember everything perfectly, but at the same time you need to really see the images in combination with furniture. The more explicit you can make the images (adding the sounds of water, the taste of food, the smell of grass, the sensation of heat from a fire, and so on), the better you will be able to remember. And when you will give a speech, you just need to imagine a room in front of you - and calmly start talking without having to look at any papers.
Step 5: remember and practice
You need to recall pieces of furniture with images over and over again until you memorize them. Make a speech in front of the mirror at least once to make sure that your images work and they will be enough for you. Once you have mastered this technique, you will be able to give a speech that can last for hours without using any recordings at all. You can use presentations as visual assistance, but they will no longer be a vital necessity for you.