” There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject,
then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience” – Alexander Gregg.
To memorise we must practise our speech or song.
That means you run through the structure of what you are saying or singing over and over in private.
You can video record it to watch yourself or audio record it and listen back to the tonality and the impact of the words. Be conscious of the meaning and intention of each paragraph.
We practise so that it becomes familiar and we can then be at ease on a platform.
When it comes to keeping your body’s muscles fit, you often hear the expression “use it or lose it”. Yet most people don’t know that your brain is similar to a muscle, too.
Muscles have a memory and when we practise words that we want to be speaking or singing we are helping our mind to remember the emotion, the meaning, and the words. When memorising songs I usually try to relate the words to myself and how I would feel about it; as I sing the words I create a story in my mind or see it like a movie.
When I am speaking to remember paragraphs and specific details I create an image of what the words are saying. The image must be created in strong colours; for example, if you are asking some questions, practise what it is you are going to say and then add a coloured image or symbol, perhaps a ? or Q.
When I sing songs I haven’t sung before, have a speech or a presentation I will recall the image I made about the words which then activates the words that relate to the image, making my singing and speaking flow naturally with ease and grace.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
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