Giving a talk is not an easy task. If you’re bombarded with a lot of information and ideas to present, you’d want to make sure that you will be able to communicate everything that you have to. And what’s the first measure that you can think of? Memorize your speech. It sounds like a great idea at first—being able to say everything and not leave anything out. But then you realize how tiring it can be and how much time it would eat up in order to memorize everything.
Pens out, ‘cause we’re giving you some tricks on how to pull-off a notes-free presentation! (Recommended: Work with a professional speech coach to elevate your presentation to a whole new level.)
TIP #1: Understand your presentation very well.
Let’s say we ask you to give the directions from your work to your house. We bet you can give the answers to that without a buckle. Why? Because you know it at the back of your hands. The same thing works for public speaking in general. When you know your topic by heart, you become more comfortable to speak about it without the need to use reading aids.
TIP #2: Create an outline for your presentation
The smartest way to go about an information-heavy talk is to create an outline on how you envision your presentation to flow. This way, you can organize your train of thoughts. And even if you stumble somewhere through your talk, you can always refer to your outline and get back up easily.
TIP #3: Memorize selectively
If your plan is to memorize every single detail of your speech, right down to the very last punctuation point, prepare to spend heaps of time. Also, when you completely rely on your memory muscle, it gets hard to recover once you get blocked out during the actual day of your presentation. So this is what you should do instead: understand before you memorize.
If you’re planning to memorize your presentation, trust that you can pull it off by memorizing only the following:
- The outline (your main ideas and some supporting details)
- Opening and closing lines that start and leave a mark
- The transition from one idea to another
TIP #4: Prepare visual aids
Use your deck to communicate dates, numbers, figures, and other information that are important, but may be hard to squeeze into your head. This way, a lot of information can be presented without you having to memorize them. You can also cite your sources so that your audience can further check them out for themselves.
TIP #5: Rehearse
Last but not the least, our most important tip is to practice. Master your speech and learn it from the inside out. There’s nothing to worry about if you are able to do your part which is to rehearse beforehand.
With the tips given above, you can now ace your presentation even with your eyes closed. Presenting is not an easy task, but doing it successfully is a truly rewarding feat. All you need is a professional guidance, hire a professional speaking coach if you must, and whole lot of practice, and you’re good to go!
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