Goal Number Three :

My third goal for the class is to develop a passion and understanding for each one of my speeches so I never feel obligated or tempted to memorize a speech.

I have noticed that it is often very easy for novice speakers such as myself to memorize their speeches as they feel it will help them in case they ‘blank out’. Memorization can often be very reassuring to the speaker, yet realistically it can create problems throughout the presentation. According to Rob Biesenbach, a speaker should “rehearse enough so you can ‘forget it’” as this will allow a better delivery and even add character to the speech. By rehearsing, the speaker is able to develop familiarity with how their speech should go. Yet, by avoiding over rehearsing, the speaker is able to lessen the chances of becoming attached to certain phrases and actions. Attachments to certain phrases can be dangerous because memorized phrases can offput the speaker from their natural flow of speech. By avoiding memorization, the speaker allows his/herself to present their speech in a colloquial fashion. In order to focus on this goal, I plan to rehearse my speeches with others instead of independently. By doing this, I will be able to receive the input of others, but it will also hold me accountable for not over rehearsing. In other words, if I were to rehearse alone, the chances I would panic and over rehearse are much greater. Yet, other ways to help the issue include pursuing visual aids, which can help the inevitable “mental blocks” that Lenny Laskowski refers to (www.ljlseminars.com). All in all, with so many other choices, memorization can easily be avoided which will help deliver a stronger speech anyways.

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