Posted by: George E Burney | March 9, 2012

Public Speaking: Ever Forget A Speech?

If you have had this experience, it was not a reflection of your ability to speak publicly. Let’s examine what may have happened.

Were you in a school play, with lines to memorize? Did you practice and practice, until you knew your part like the back of your hand? After all that, did your mind go blank when it was your turn to speak? There may be a reasonable explanation for what happened.

When you were practicing, did you think about what the audience would look like to you? Did you, in your mind’s eye, really “see” the audience, all those people who would be looking at you? Did you get comfortable with that thought?

If not, you may have been shocked by the sight of so many people looking at you, waiting for your words! While you may have been sufficiently prepared to say your lines, you may not have been prepared for the effect seeing all those faces in the audience would have on you! As a result, your forgot you lines.

Or, if not a play, was it a speech you prepared? If so, an outline would have saved you much embarrassment. A short outline, with your main points listed sequentially, would have made forgetting impossible.

In any event, what’s done is done. What’s important is to refuse to allow an unpleasant experience to keep you from developing and enjoying your ability to speak publicly. If you isolate the reason you forgot, you can then take steps to avoid that particular mistake again. One thing’s for certain, it was not evidence that you’re “just not cut out for public speaking.”

With the right tips and with practice, you can forget that you ever forgot a speech!

Copyright © 2012 by George Burney and betterpublicspeaking


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