A couple months ago, I was giving a 7 minute speech presentation at my local Toastmaster Club. If you had been there listening, you would have seen and heard me lose my place 3 minutes into the speech. Awkwardly, I struggled to get back into the speech.
Eventually I did, but long pauses and losing my place are not acceptable in speeches. Why did this happen?
I had failed to properly practice and internalize the speech. There is a difference between a memorized speech and an internalized speech. When your speech is memorized, you know it word for word. You can rattle it off. Problem is that sometimes it may sound memorized. Also, if you forget just one sentence or get distracted, you may find yourself in my situation: struggling to remember the next line.
A better way is to internalize your speech. That way you know it so well, it is a part of you. If you were asked to share about a good experience from your last vacation, you could very easily. Why? It’s internalized. It’s part of you. Every time you deliver it, it may be slightly different, but it comes out natural and you can focus on delivery.
Over the next several days, you’ll be learning several ways to internalize your presentation so you can deliver it smoothly and completely.
Speech Preparing Tip #16: Have your presentation prepared and ready 3 days before you give it.
Imagine you have a presentation to give on Friday. Set a deadline to be ready to give it on Tuesday. Why?
- As you run through the presentation a couple times over those three days, your subconscious mind will internalize the speech.
- New ideas will pop up, allowing you to optimize the presentation.
- Research shows that sleeping on information after we’ve learned it helps put it into long term memory.