Learning to memorize a speech can be a difficult and arduous task. No matter how long the speech that you want to memorize is, there are some simple things you can do to speed up your memorization time. Figuring out how to memorize a speech does not have to be a difficult task, just follow these simple steps.
Does your speech follow a general storyline or set of steps? For example, if you are discussing a science project, the order of the speech can help you to remember it. Remembering that you start with an introduction and the steps in the experiment can help you to recall what you are supposed to say. Think of your speech like you would think of a story and it can help you to easily remember the next part of the speech.
Find a Friend
Try reading what you should say a paragraph at a time. Then try again without reading it off the paper. Have a friend listen to you and gently prompt you when needed. Prompting can work better than memorizing it on your own because your friend will only remind you of the next word. If you are reading your speech on your own, you will have to look up the next word on your own. This causes you to lose your train of thought and most likely see more than just the next word.
Associate the Parts of Your Speech
Another thing you can do to memorize a speech is try to associate the different parts of the speech with a mental image. Break down each part of your speech into parts and create a mental image for it. The image can either be related to the speech or a silly image that sounds like the first word for the section. The sillier your associated image is, the easier it will be to remember your speech. Associating images with the different sections can also help you to remember the order that the images come in. Imagine the images in relation to each other as their own kind of story. Make a vivid story in your mind of the images and you will be able to recall the order of your speech.
Figure out what gestures you will use in your speech. Language teachers often use hand gestures when they teach new vocabulary. Studies have found that students who learned sign language or gestures to accompany the vocabulary they learn find it easier to remember. Try having set gestures for each part of your speech. If you were to forget your speech on stage, you would still be able to remember the hand gesture and it could help to jog your memory.