How to Learn to Speak Without Notes!!;))
As we can understand from the Mark Twain’s story, it was really hard to him to talk without notes. But he found a perfect way of using his visual memory what helped him a lot.
Thirty years ago I was delivering a memorized lecture every night, and every night I had to help myself with a page of notes to keep from getting myself mixed. The notes consisted of beginnings of sentences, and were eleven in number, and they ran something like this: In that region the weather- At that time it was a custom- But in California one never heard-
They all looked about alike on the page; they formed no picture; I had them by heart, but I could never with certainty remember the order of their succession; therefore, I always had to keep those notes by me and look at them every little while.
Once I mislaid them; you will not be able to imagine the tenors of that evening. So I got ten of the initial letters by heart in their proper order-I, A, B, and so on-and I went on the platform the next night with these marked in ink on my ten finger nails. But it didn’t answer. I kept track of the fingers for awhile; then I lost it, and after that I was never quite sure which finger I had used last. There was curiosity enough without that. To the audience I seemed more interested in my finger nails than I was in my subject; one or two persons asked afterward what was the matter with my hands.
It was then that the idea of pictures occurred to me!
Then my troubles passed away. In two minutes I made six pictures with my pen, and they did the work of the eleven catch-sentences and did it perfectly. 1 threw the pictures away as soon as they were made. for 1 was sure 1 could shut my eyes and see them any time. That was a quarter of a century ago; the lecture vanished out of my head more than twenty years ago, but 1 could re- write it from the pictures-for they remain.
From this example we can easily get the general idea. Even that was a quarter of a century ago and the lecture vanished out of his head more than twenty years ago, Mark Twain could rewrite it from the pictures — for they remain.
There is also another example of how the great speaker learned to memorize his speech and not use notes in such situations.
I memorized the points by pictures. Ivisualized Roosevelt reading history while the crowds were yelling and bands playing outside his window. I saw Thomas Edison looking at a cherry tree. I pictured Lincoln reading a newspaper aloud. I imagined Mark Twain licking ink off his fingernails as he faced an audience.
How did I remember the order of the pictures? By one, two. three, and four? No, that would have been too difficult. I turned these numbers into pictures and combined the pictures of the numbers with the pictures of the points. To illustrate. Number one sounds like run. So I made a race horse stand for one. I pictured Roosevelt in his room, reading astride a race horse. For two, I chose a word that sounds like two-zoo. I had the cherry tree that Thomas Edison was looking at standing in the bear cage at the zoo. For three I pictured an object that sounds like three-tree. I. had Lincoln sprawled out in the top of a tree, reading aloud to his partner. For four I imagined a picture that sounds like four — door. Mark Twain stood in an open door, leaning against the jamb, licking the ink off his fingers as he talked to the audience.
This is the example of how Dale Carnegie remembered such a difficult things without any notes and tips. And now, after reading this chapter, i usually use it. For example when we presented our team projects, where there was a lot of data, or at finals period, I learn information by this advice. Association helps a lot in this kind of situations. They even help so much when you just try to learn your part in group project and presentation, or when you are preparing for important exam. Sometimes associations sounds really crazy and a little bit strange. And may be other people who read or heard them will think that such a method verges on the ridiculous. It does. That is one reason why it works. It is comparatively easy to remember the bizarre and ridiculous.