Do you have trouble memorizing speeches?

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Barbara asked 1 month ago

I have aphantasia and cannot memorize speeches. Does anyone else experience the same?

3 Answers
Nicholas ThroupNicholas Throup answered 4 weeks ago

Yes i need to read the text many times.

I dont remenber it phrase by phrase but I know the details and them try to rebuild a phrase.

When I want to learn something I read a lot on the subject from different authors as I cant just memorise one ( and reading it 50 times will be boaring)

Other technics ?


Colm RoeColm Roe answered 4 weeks ago

Hi Barbara,

I’ve been involved with Toastmasters for nearly 10 years. Most speeches are about seven minutes, and I’ve given many of them. I used to memorise them word for word and would spend (on average) 50 hours memorising them!!! The problem with that is if you ‘lose your place’, and can’t remember the last word you spoke, you panic, because you struggle to remember the next word you wrote.

As an Aphant you’ll still have to put more time into rehearsing than non-Aphants. My advice would be to write your speech, read it a few times, edit it, and when you’re happy with the general shape of it, put it away. Then do all your rehersals/preparation in your mind; if you can, do it when your mind is in neutral. Activities like driving, eating or any random moments like walking to your car.

Writing chronologically makes recall easier. Basing your speches on life experiences…stories you’ve told many times before also make them so much easier to give.



Helen AddamsHelen Addams answered 3 days ago

Hi Barbara

I have given many speeches during my working life, and learnt very early on that there is no point trying to memorise a speech. What I always do is write a list of things I want to cover, then make this list into a series of dot points, with minimal text, as an aide memoir. if there are some stats, data or specific names I need to remember, I make sure these are written against the dot points.

I often find that having gone through this process I don’t have to refer to the list much at all.



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