To convince someone, you have to convince yourself first. To give a persuasive speech you pull from your emotions. When it comes to memorizing your speech, it's easier said than done. In the broadcasting field we work with recording equipment to manipulate any and everything we say. Wish we had this software at the speaking podium. We have alarm clocks to remind us to wake-up, we have birthday reminders in Outlook, we have so many options to jog our memory. Pharmaceutical companies claim pills can make us remember better. We can go herbal and use Ginkgo compounds recommended by our Herbalist.
Here is the dill, pickle! The best method of memorizing the speech is the old-fashion way. Hard wire yourself! If you can capture an emotion or picture in your head relating to your speech, this is hard wiring. Are you with me? This raises the odds of recalling information when you want to say it. Let's break down your memory a notch. We ultimately want to store information, hold on to info and recall it when we need it. Physiologists have coined this memory science as cognitive neuroscience, but all we want is simple recall techniques and able to relate to our audience.
We want to look good, sound good and give great a speech! Breaking cognitive neuroscience down even more, let's talk about sensory memory, short-term and long-term memory. When talking to large audiences we need our long-term memory to kick in and stick with us. The only way this can happen is to place chunks of information into our long-term memory bank. So how do you do that? Record yourself! If you record yourself saying your speech, listen back intently and practice until you like it, that's the best way to perfect your speech and capitalize on your long-term memory bank. Think of your memory as a storage bank, you can control how we file info in our head. We consciously and unconsciously remember by repetition. We remember flashes of memory that goes into short-term memory. We also remember by emotion, you remember by drawing pictures of what you want to say, which we classify as sensory.
Seems like too many categories, right? Let's personalize it! Our best practice as media tutors is to help people remember by: how you personally learn and how you attach emotions to stories in your head. Here's the fun part! What type of learner are you? Do you remember by hearing, seeing or doing something? Practice your speech by hearing it, seeing it and doing it, over and over again. Step One: When you're trying to remember your speech focus on attaching the words in the speech to several emotions you can't forget. Emotions you can call-back within seconds. Step Two: Record yourself, listen to yourself and see yourself with intent. Don't shy away from those embarrassing moments of "I don't like seeing myself or hearing myself." If you don't like seeing yourself, think about your audience. Practice hard-wiring yourself and don't forget to practice your speech or TALK!