Recently, a friend of mine asked me , ‘How do I remember a speech? How do I manage to get all those words into my head and then go on stage and deliver it?’ ‘Nothing but sweet rehearsals’ I replied smiling. And it’s true. Check out the great actresses, musicians and vocalists, they all spend millions of hours rehearsing, and so do speakers and yes, even writers. It is all about cultivating The Art Of Memorising Your Genius.
-Practise makes performance – GV
I have a client who had a speaking gig just last week and when I asked her what she thought was her weak point? She replied, my memory!
There is only one solution for that – sweet rehearsals. Unfortunately, the word out there about rehearsing is not a positive one. It conjures up boring lonely sessions of repeating lines, rather like school. Long hours of repetition robot style and lots of cursing in between.
All rehearsals start with a good old read through. So read it inside out for a few days. Plan ahead don’t leave the learning for the last minute. You want the Talk/speech/script or rant to be flowing freely, smoothly no matter how big or small the stage or audience are.
Let me share with you some of the wonderful ways you can ace The Art Of Memorising Your Genius.
1. This is a trick I learned from my music days, when I had to learn a piece of music by heart, like off the page, away from the musical dots and into my fingertips. Start at the last paragraph! Learn the last paragraph first and work your way backwards. Now if you have a 75 minute speech this is going to take years, so break it down into segments of 15 or 20 minutes. Try it out with a short speech. You’d be surprised how the brain responds to this backward way of learning!
2. Recognise the rehearsal time as the innovation stage. It is like editing standing up! This is when you speak your genius out loud, like you are hearing it for the first time. You start to tune in to what works and what doesn’t. You listen to the words as if you are in the audience. This is where you conjure up the magic of colloquial phrases and convert it into the music of the spoken word.
3. As the speech begins to enter your mind, heart and soul, you will notice how it has changed. The editing while ‘standing up’ process really does work! Now you have to try to perform other tasks while reciting your talk. Whether it is washing up, driving down the road or in the shower (well you do sing in the shower why not reel off your genius?) It’s like practise while you work. This method lets you know where are the weak links. There are always weak links.
4. How to link your lines. You can use image or word association, or a combination. Some people story board their piece, while others create a mind map. Word association is about finding the words that connect one paragraph or point to the other. It is always your word choice and may not even be obvious. It is a matter of trying it out, but it does work.
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Great one Georgia. For me, it’s words rather than phrases. There are several place names (and places I love…) that bury their heads in hard ground rather than let me enjoy them?! Two are PRAGUE AND —SEE I’VE ALREADY FORGOTTEN THE OTHER ONE, AGAIN… (I practice word association, but in these two cases, it doesn’t work.) Gremlins at play..
PS It’s arrived: LUDLOW! But such a gap in between. Wouldn’t go down well on the stage, unless I was playing a half-wit.
Love your humour Joy! Yes, memory is such a funny thing – I know! But on stage you’d be amazing…next week will be all about the Pause which you can use when you forget your words. LOL 🙂