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Tips for Remembering Your Talk - 180

Jul 22, 2021

In my experience, the impact of the fear of forgetting what you want to say manifests itself in three big ways:

First there are the group of people who put off, or give up on their dream of speaking and sharing their message… and this can lead to negative self-talk, low self-worth, and the anger and frustration of comparisonitis.

Then there are the people who compensate for this fear of forgetting by having their talk as text on their slides, or having a full script that they read from. This will likely sabotage their success because the audience will become bored and disengaged.

The third group is the ‘wing it’ brigade. They’re also compensating for the fear, but they do it by not preparing properly. Very few people will do a good talk here, and it’s more likely their message will be rambling, and maybe the audience will be paying attention, but only in the way that people do when a car crash is happening.

In this show, you’ll hear me working with one of my TSC Live members who wanted to get some tips for remembering her talk. If you would also like to improve your recall and content confidence, then you’ll find this useful too.


What you’ll discover:

  • How your memory is better than you think it is.
  • How to break down a talk so that it’s easy to remember.
  • Why you can’t inject personality without content familiarity.
  • The power of letting go.
  • Why you need to separate your ‘creator’ and ‘critic’ sides.
  • Why your introduction should not be the first thing you do.
  • How powerful metaphors can be mental signposts for you.
  • What to be mindful of using autocue.
  • Why the high level structure of your talk is the most important thing to commit to memory.
  • There is no magic wand to replace rehearsal and practice.

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