5 Tips on Memorizing a Presentation

If you’re like most people, the thought of getting in front of a judge when your chance to attend #DECAICDC is on the line breaks your composure and gives you the jitters.

Maybe you’re shy, or maybe you had a bad experience in the past. The fear comes down to a simple fact; we’re scared that once in competition, we’ll draw a blank, looking at the face of our judge and forgetting our spiel.

Unfortunately, this happens to many presenters, and leaves them even more worried the next time they compete.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix! Take the time to memorize your presentation, and if you do it properly, you will never forget your lines.

All you need is a little time, and the right techniques. Check out these tips:

1. Playback – This may sound weird, but I have found it very helpful. Record yourself reciting your speech using the voice recorder on your phone and listen to it when you have spare time. This technique uses rote learning and will have you repeating your speech word for word.

2. Practice – This seems like an obvious thing to do, but many students just do not take the time to really learn their speech like they should. Listen to each word you say and think of the meaning and the point you are trying to make.

3. Write It Down – If you are still having trouble remembering your lines, you might need a more active approach. Use a pen and paper and try to write out your speech while listening to the recording. This will help to embed the content into your brain after only a couple of repetitions.

4. Divide It Up – Don’t try to tackle your entire presentation all at once. Divide your speech into shorter sections. This allows you to learn each piece separately, and can be easier to remember—especially if your topic is very complex and informational.

5. Visualize – This technique works great if you are getting stuck at a specific spot in your speech. Look at the section that trips you up and try to visualize a scene or object that fits the topic. After the image(s) have been mapped in your brain, this shouldn’t be an obstacle any longer.

With these techniques in mind, you’ll have your EPIC presentation memorized in no time and be on your way to #DECAICDC 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.!

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