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December 19, 2010


The Naked Redhead

I script and memorize all my speeches. People always ask me why I'd go through all the trouble to do so and it's exactly what you said: because of the freedom that memorization gives me. I could wing it, sure, and I trust my abilities to do so, BUT I much prefer consistently delivering powerful turns of phrase, well-timed pauses, meaningful gestures, and quiet, moving points.

A psychology professor in college had developed her own method for memorization that I use: read the script or passage five times immediately before bed, and five times immediately upon waking. It really works!


Too bad our public school system has largely abandoned the idea of memorization. No poems, addresses, or famous speeches are taught any more... only "creative thinking." Bummer.

I am learning a second language... sort of like "super memorization" or something similar to it. Different though... you have to absorb the language, just not memorize the words. And I am learning how very difficult the learning can be!

Good topic Artie - keep up the great work.

Artie Isaac

Diana, sometimes I wonder if we really need to memorize our speeches.

Then I watch Matt Slaybaugh. Check out any of the four speeches on the right sidebar "Matthew Speaks." http://matthewslaybaugh.com/

These show the power of memorization: the text can be more powerful, the delivery precise. Wow. These take my breath away.

Diana Schneidman

Artie, you have inspired me.

This year I want to seriously compete in the Toastmasters International speech competition.

When I present speeches to my club, I have an outline but I haven't learned my speech word for word. And if I try to memorize it, my presentation is a disaster as I look toward the heavens and concentrate on getting the words out without forgetting.

This time I'll learn it right and give it my best shot.


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