Quick tips to help you memorise a speech | OPINION

BE THE EXPERT: Jaimie Abbott says anyone preparing to make a speech should spend less time worrying and more time completely understanding the subject.
BE THE EXPERT: Jaimie Abbott says anyone preparing to make a speech should spend less time worrying and more time completely understanding the subject.

Speaking in front a group of people can be a daunting task for most people.

One of the key elements when it comes to successfully memorising your speech is understanding the fundamental message you are trying to send to the audience.

Once you have the message pinned down, memorising the actual speech will progress smoothly.

Here are 5 quick tips:

Visualise the concept

Divide the speech into different parts that make up the story of your speech, or categorise them into several bullet points.

By preparing mental cue cards, you can easily create a steady flow.

Record

Practice the speech out loud. You can improve this technique by recording your rehearsals and playing it back afterward.

This not only helps in memorising, but will also allow you to review your speech and iron out any kinks.

Be confident

As you’ll be the one delivering the presentation, understand you are basically the expert on the subject matter in the room.

Spend less time worrying and more time completely understanding the topic of your speech.

Write your speech a couple of times

Rehearsing out loud, recording your speech and writing it down can be considered the trifecta of memorisation techniques.

Repetition helps the brain subconsciously remember details. If you use this technique, it will have the same result as muscle memory.

Don’t memorise it verbatim

You don’t really need to deliver a speech word for word. What’s important is you are able to present the principal elements to the audience. Memorise key details like facts and statistics instead of every single line.

Focusing too much on every single word of the speech will waste your time remembering the important factors.

Jaimie Abbott is owner of Jaimie Abbott Communications, a public speaking training company.