11 Tips On How To Better Memorise Your Presentation
“Make thyself a craftsman in speech, for thereby thou shalt gain the upper hand.”
– Inscription found in a 3000 years old Egyptian Tomb
As you may know from your own experience, it is not always easy to give a presentation.
For me it is a terrifying affair every single time. I feel self conscious and worry about loosing my credibility in front of many people. Especially that English is not my first language and I’m afraid that I won’t be able to articulate myself properly.
I even tried to memorise in the past the whole thing word by word. But that made things even worse and more complicated. The moment you forget just one word, everything falls apart and it can be very stressful to think about what’s next.
It also made it very difficult to focus on and have any kind of interaction with the audience.
However, in the process of my learning and growing, I’ve discovered that the key to being a great presenter is not trying to remember huge amounts of data, but rather recalling it from the information that already exists in my brain. And to be able to do that, it is necessary to master certain memory enhancing techniques.
“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
Here are a few guidelines I would like to share with you, to help you to become
a great presenter:
- Know your subject really well, so you can rather focus on remembering the structure and order in which you want to present.
2. Brake the presentation time by the number of points – 30 minutes for 10 points, which gives you 3 minutes per point. Make sure that each point has one or two trigger words to start with.
3. Rehears as much as possible beforehand. Practice makes perfect.
4.To transfer your material into long term memory you must repeat all that you’ve learned within 30 minutes. Very useful here is the 20-20-20 technique – assign 20 minutes to go over everything and do it three times.
5. Rehears aloud your presentation from start to end at least five times – by speaking it aloud you enhance your ability to remember by 10%.
6. Record your presentation and play it back – it helps very much to hear yourself delivering the presentation.
7. Rehears just before going to sleep – the information is consolidated while we sleep.
8. Give yourself uninterrupted 8 seconds in which you can be laser-focused in your rehearsal. That’s how long it takes for information to encode into your memory after being processed through the hippocampus – a major component of the brain.
9. Use the Method of Loci also known as Memory Palaces – you associate here a familiar location with the information. For instance you could use each room in your house as a cue for information that needs to be remembered and delivered as you mentally walk around your house.
10. Use mind maps – visually arrange your presentation material on paper. This will imprint a visual image on your brain, making recall much easier.
11. Focus on your audience. Don’t worry if you can’t find the perfect words. You will create much better connection with people in front of you just by being yourself, real and authentic. Use the creative, free thinking part of your brain. Relax and enjoy it.
“Do not make your goal to be the best. Best is a label.
It’s something someone else decides for you. Better is more personal.”
So here you go. I hope that you found it useful and that putting it in practice will help you with your future presentations.
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Beata was born and grew up in Poland. At the age of 21 she moved to Germany and then eight years later to the UK. She is a passionate entrepreneur driven by burning desire to raise awareness about what we are truly capable of as humans and together with like-minded people, create a better sustainable world for the future generations. She is a mother to two beautiful girls, identical twins Atiya and Caira and wife to Sebastian. She is a Holistic Therapist and Kundalini Yoga practitioner. She is intensively learning and implementing healthy nutrition and natural healing in her family life with great success. She loves travelling and exploring new cultures and meeting new people, fascinated by the diversity and beauty in the world. She thrives from her digital lifestyle and earning money online through affiliate marketing and is extremely dedicated to inspire others to make their dream come true too.