Almost 10 years ago now, when I re-joined Toastmasters (to re-build my self-confidence), I would spend hours memorizing my speeches. We were told to rehearse an hour for each minute of the speech: Seven minutes therefore required seven hours of rehearsal.
In today’s fast-paced world, that kind of time is very difficult to find. And is it an efficient use of time? I don’t think so.
The other problem with it is that your passion for the subject during delivery just disappears. That’s because your focus is entirely on remembering the words. You’re simply reciting something you were likely passionate about when you wrote it, but now your focus is on getting it right word-for-word. Your performance will suffer tremendously.
I remember often spending several Read More …