Memorized Speech Delivery
Over the years, four basic methods of delivering speeches are developed. Key Points
* Memorized delivery takes two basic forms: the total speech or manuscript is committed to memory, or standard parts of the message are memorized and woven into each speech. * Memorizing your speech allows you to stay in touch with your audience. * One of the main problems of delivering a speech from memory is that it sounds like you are reading since you are focusing your attention on remembering the words. * When writing your speech, write as if you were speaking naturally, directly to an audience. Today, memorization takes two basic forms:
* The total speech or manuscript is committed to memory.
* Standard parts of a message are memorized and woven into each speech. Figure 1 Advantages
If you memorize your speech you are more likely to perform better than the speaker reading from a manuscript, since you can stay in touch with your audience. When speaking from memory, you do not need to think about what is coming next or how to express an idea as you would in extemporaneous speaking; therefore, you can give more attention to the audience. Today, we generally admire and stress extemporaneous speaking in our society, but many of the great speeches in history were delivered all or partially from memory. Disadvantages
One of the main problems of delivering a speech from memory is sounding rehearsed, or like you are reading. It is possible to memorize and deliver a speech with variety and emphasis. Tips for the Speaker
You may use various approaches to memorize and rehearse your speech. Below are some guidelines to follow when delivering a memorized speech: * When writing the speech, write as if you were speaking naturally, directly to an audience. * Develop an outline of the main points and then memorize the outline. * If delivering the same speech to different audiences over time, memorize the individual sections...
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