By Rosemary Ravinal
Generally, it is not a good idea to memorize a speech. Sometimes it’s necessary to memorize some parts of your talk or presentation, but straight memorization will often backfire. Have you ever watched a speaker go totally blank in the middle of a speech? That’s because they lost their place in the memory stream.
Professionals won’t let you see them sweat it or may use the moment as an appeal to human foibles. It could happen to anyone. But if you’re going to take your public speaking seriously, there are several ways to deliver a great deal of information without memorizing the whole thing.