I’m often asked “Should I memorize my speech?” My answer is “no,” unless you are delivering a highly emotional presentation like an eulogy or a toast. In such a situation, emotions could overcome you and cause you to lose track of your line of thought unless you have the words in front of you.
However, if you are looking for more security as you speak, here are sentences in your presentation that you might memorize or at least have written in your notes for quick reference.
Though it’s best not to memorize your speech, including a few scripted sentences in your next presentation will give you more confidence as well as adding depth to your speech.
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. He presents keynotes and seminars to corporations and associations whose people want to speak and listen effectively.
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(859) 441-6520 or email info@SBoyd.com