Rehearsal Rituals Ep 05: Writing Out Talks

You want to memorize your talk it so you get it in your body. It’s part of you. It becomes you.


Takeaways


  • Write out your talk

    Ad-libbing is great, but if you memorize your talk first, in full, you’ll have a much stronger foundation from which to improvise.

  • Create that roadmap

    The process of writing out your talk opens doors to exciting new aspects you may not have otherwise considered or even seen.

  • Own that talk

    Your talk needs to be in your body. You must fully own your talk before you can expect to deliver it powerfully from any stage.

You need a road map to know where you’re going. What points are you covering?Kymberlee

Writing out your talk versus ad-libbing your talk. Okay. Speakers who’ve been speaking for a while have a style that they like, that they’re comfortable with. Some speakers love to write out their talk – every single sentence of the talk. Other speakers love to just get up there and say whatever comes to their brain. That can work in certain cases. For TEDx talks, though, I highly  highly  highly recommend that you do write out your talk, and here’s why:

You need a road map to know where you’re going. What points are you covering? Ideally, what you do is you write out your talk so you know the entire thing from beginning to end. You’ve timed it. You’re under the 18 minutes. Then you want to memorize it so you get it in your body. It’s part of you. It becomes you.

Then you want to be able to just let it go. Once you memorize it, then you can start to play with it and play with variations on the words and on the phrasing and on the tonality, and movements on a stage. I recommend definitely writing out the talk from start to finish.

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