Mindful Memorization Ep 07: Memorization Mistakes

Even with the most effective memorization techniques applied, the unexpected may still happen. When you are 100% present and connected to your audience, you can handle any situation.


  • Be Present:

    You can't predict what will happen, so remain open to the unpredictable and react to what ever comes up rather than pretending it didn't happen.

  • Robots Are Not Fun to Watch:

    If you are in your head and merely reciting line after line, you will seem robotic rather than being conversational and engaging.

  • Mindset Will Always Matter:

    24 hours before you speak, allow yourself to stop working and instead think about your audience and focus on what you are there to deliver.

You want to allow your audience to really get to know you as a person, to get to know who you are. Kymberlee

In this series, we have covered a lot of memory techniques. And I have to tell you, memory techniques can also go horribly wrong. Let's say that you have used everything you've got and you've memorized your talk: every sentence, every word, every pause, the cadence, the tone, everything. You're ready to go. And then you start to deliver your talk to the audience and it seems almost robotic. There is just this sterility to your talk because you're just reciting line after line after line. The next evolution to the memory techniques is once you have those in your body, then you want to be playful with it. You want to allow your audience to really get to know you as a person, to get to know who you are.

And it's really also important when you're on stage to react to what happens all around us. We can't predict this, as speakers. Someone's cell phone's going to go off. Someone's going to sneeze. Something really funny might happen as well. We want to be human, react to what just happened. Just because you have your Talk memorized and you know the next paragraph and what the next sentence and this is what happens next, doesn't mean you should be in your head. No. You've got to be here. You've got to be present. If someone coughs or someone sneezes, you can address that. If someone drops something, you can address that.
The most important thing to do with all of this is to use the memory techniques up to, I would say, 24 hours in advance of your talk and then, let your talk go. Those last 24 hours you really just want to experience delivering this message. And think about who your audience is. Why are you there? Why are you even on stage? Why are you even talking to them? Think about them. Think about what you're here to deliver because that can carry you through and let you be in the moment and be who you are, so that these talks that you give sink in and they matter.

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