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3 Techniques For Memorizing Scripts

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3 Techniques For Memorizing Scripts – Part 1

radio broadcastingIf you’re an author or blogger, in any genre of writing, and you are serious about getting your message out there, you’ll need to do an audio or video presentation at some point.

And you’ll probably need to memorize a script…

I do some public speaking, and while sometimes I just “wing it” without a script because I’m comfortable with the content, there are other times when memorizing and delivering a particular script is required to evoke a specific emotion within the audience.

When was the last time you tried to memorize and deliver a sentence, a paragraph, or a page of text?

Try it now! Read the sentence below with an intention to memorize it:

“Thank you for attending my book signing. Without an audience, an author is nothing. My book requires you to become a part of it because it’s about your mind.”

Close your eyes and repeat those three sentences; word for word.  It seems simple, but did you miss an ‘it’ or a ‘you’?

Honestly?

Memorization is a skill which takes practice!

There are two formal methods I’ve been taught, while the third is the internal method I actually use.

Below are examples of how these different approaches could be used, though you would draw from your own particular inspiration when applying them to your situation:

3 Techniques for Memorizing Scripts1. Direct Association – This method uses visual images which align with a word or set of words, These pictures are played in the mind, like a slide show, prompting you to speak the words.

So, using the example above, you might create and replay a series of images related to text like:

‘thank you for attending’ = picture of wedding sign-in book
‘my book signing’ = my book cover

‘without an audience’ = picture of empty theater
‘an author is nothing’ = picture of writer begging in the streets

‘my book’ = book cover
‘requires you to become a part of it’ = picture of a sliced pie
‘because it’s about your mind’ = picture of a brain

This is a poor example, but you see how it can work in longer pieces of content, when moving from paragraph to paragraph.

For many visual people (read my post on Representational Bias) this method offers a great solution to the problem of memorizing specific content.

2. Indirect Association – You’ll have to come back tomorrow for memorization technique #2!

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