Recently I was involved in a Toastmaster speech competition. Unfortunately, I did not follow yesterday’s speech internalization tip, and made some major changes the day before. How was I to internalize the speech so I could deliver it smoothly?
I used this next speech internalization tip:
Speech Preparing Tip #17: Mentally rehearse your speech before bedtime.
At 10:45 I delivered the presentation in my living room. Next, I shut the light off, crawled into bed, told my wife I would be concentrating, and rehearsed the speech in my mind. Another alternative of this is to visualize yourself in the front of the room with an audience. Now deliver the speech in the theatre of your mind. Why is this public speaking tip so effective?
I have read various researchers who claim that what you think about before bedtime stays on your mind all night. Plus this is a relaxed learning enviroment.
Try it and see if it works for you. My speech came across pretty smooth and I attribute some of that to how to I internalized my presentation with this tip.