Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Why memorizing your talk is like memorizing lyrics on your favorite album

As speaking tactics go, memorizing an entire talk is among the most difficult. So who wouldn't want an easier way to anticipate it? In a recent interview with Studio 360, actor Tom Hanks talks about starring in a Broadway play, Lucky Guy, and the challenges of memorizing lines and performing them live on stage, instead of the cuts and takes and retakes he's used to when making films.

But Hanks thinks that the process of memorizing your lines is no different than, say, they way you memorized all the lyrics to songs on your favorite album when you were a teenager.

His own favorite? Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, laden with long songs and memorable but complex lyrics.

That tactic is similar to one of my 6 stealth ways to find time to practice, specifically the one in which you record yourself giving your speech or presentation and then listen to it over and over again--on your iPod when you run, in your car when you're commuting--until you know it by heart. Yes, you won't like the recorded sound of your voice. Yes, you should try it anyway.

Here's the interview for you to listen to. Do you agree with Hanks?

(Photo from Virginia Manso's stream on Flickr)

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