How to Memorize Your Speech?

One of the biggest questions is, how can you memorize a 5 paragraph speech?

How do you usually memorize your speech? Let’s say, a paragraph?

How about more than a paragraph like 3 or 5 paragraphs?

And what do you do when you forget some of the lines?

During speech delivery, you cannot bring with you any notes or manuscript.

Unless you are an exceptionally proficient speaker, speaking from memory is usually appropriate for relatively short speeches such as;

  • Presenting or accepting an award
  • Making an announcement
  • Giving an opening or closing remarks
  • Introducing a speaker

That is the reason why you must learn how to memorize your speech.

After writing your speech, follow these steps in memorizing it. Depending on the delivery day, you may adjust the number of days as needed.

7 DAYS MEMORIZING PLAN

Step 1: READ YOUR SPEECH

DAY 1

Read the whole speech

  • During this time, just read your entire speech several times without worrying about how you deliver it.
  • Read in the morning and in the evening. Do not memorize, just read and get familiar with it.

Step 2: MEMORIZE BY PARAGRAPH

DAY 2

Memorize the first paragraph

The Introduction

  • By this time, you are familiar with your speech. It is time to get serious and focus on the three main ideas of your speech.
  • On the 2nd day, memorize the 1st paragraph or the greetings and introduction.
  • Do it seriously and stay away from distractions like the TV, mobile phone, computer and others that could distract your attention.
  • Do this for the whole day and nothing more.

DAY 3

Memorize the second paragraph

The 1st Key point

  • On the 3rd day, memorize the 2nd paragraph or the first key point/idea of your speech.
  • Do it seriously and stay away from distractions like the TV, mobile phone, computer and others that could distract your attention.
  • Do this for the whole day and nothing more.
  • While walking towards school, memorize.
  • While walking towards the library, memorize.
  • While walking towards home, memorize.
  • Just keep memorizing in between classes, but don’t do it during the class or work period.

DAY 4

Memorize the third paragraph

The 2nd Key point

  • On the 4th day, memorize the 3rd paragraph or the second key point/idea of your speech.
  • Do it seriously and stay away from distractions like the TV, mobile phone, computer and others that could distract your attention.
  • Do this for the whole day and nothing more.
  • While walking towards school, memorize.
  • While walking towards the library, memorize.
  • While walking towards home, memorize.
  • Just keep memorizing in between classes, but don’t do it during the class or work period.

DAY 5

Memorize the fourth paragraph

The 3rd Key point

  • On the 5th day, memorize the fourth paragraph or the third key point/idea of your speech.
  • Do it seriously and stay away from distractions like the TV, mobile phone, computer and others that could distract your attention.
  • Do this for the whole day and nothing more.
  • While walking towards school, memorize.
  • While walking towards the library, memorize.
  • While walking towards home, memorize.
  • Just keep memorizing in between classes, but don’t do it during the class or work period.

DAY 6

Memorize the fifth paragraph

The Conclusion

  • On the 6th day, memorize the 5th paragraph or the conclusion of your speech.
  • Do it seriously and stay away from distractions like the TV, mobile phone, computer and others that could distract your attention.
  • Do this for the whole day and nothing more.
  • While walking towards school, memorize.
  • While walking towards the library, memorize.
  • While walking towards home, memorize.
  • Just keep memorizing in between classes, but don’t do it during the class or work period.

DAY 7

Review and rehearse your speech

  • On the seventh and final day, review and practice delivering your speech.

Step 3: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

  • Still on the seventh and final day
  • The mirror is your best friend.
  • The next thing you need to do is to practice your speech in front of the mirror or anywhere you are comfortable.
  • Avoid practices in your bedroom; the temptation of lying down is huge and it is not good for you.
  • Too much comfort could disrupt your attention and focus. Stay away from your bed if you can go to the living room or other rooms if you have it.
  • If you do not have any other rooms available, practicing in the living room could also be a good idea so that your family members who are awake and preparing to get to work could give you a quick evaluation and feedback for better performance.
  • Get a mirror so you can see yourself while delivering your speech. If you do not have any available portable mirror, you can also use your mobile phone to capture your performance so you can review it right afterward.
  • Be creative and use the available resources that you have.

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