How to Memorize a Speech

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How to Memorize a Speech in One Night

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Memorizing a speech in one night is no easy task, but it's totally possible. There are hundreds of different memorization techniques out there, but we've found that the best method really is the basic, tried-and-true strategy of . If you're looking for something a little more fun, we've also got you covered! Try the -- it will help you visualize the key components of your speech and help you commit the whole thing to memory in just one night.


Memorizing Through Repetition

  1. Write out the entire speech.Simply take a piece of paper and a pen and write out the entire speech. If the speech is relatively short, consider writing it out multiple times. Many people memorize information better when they are actively recording it. Copying the speech on another piece of paper can help to commit that information to memory.
  2. Type up the speech.Much like writing the speech out on paper, typing the speech can also help commit the information to memory through visual learning. Since typing is generally faster than handwriting, you may have more time to type the speech several times in one night.
    • There is no need to print the typed speech each time that you type it.
    • However, you may be more likely to remember things that are handwritten rather than typed.
  3. Rehearse your speech for a friend.Sometimes you may think that you know your speech well, but you freeze up when you perform it in front of people. It is important to practice the speech in front of someone to ensure that you really know the information. Request that your friend give you some tips. They may be able to tell you if you are not speaking loud enough or if you are talking too quickly.
  4. Record yourself rehearsing the speech.If you don’t have anyone to practice with, try recording yourself while you rehearse your speech. Video recording is the best because you will be able to watch the recording and critique your speech and body language. You can also listen to the recording while you are doing other things to help remember the information.
  5. Avoid trying to memorize the speech word for word.Normally, it is not necessary to recite a speech word for word. It is more important to remember all of the topics that you need to cover during the speech. Spend time memorizing the bullet points, important facts and statistics, and the layout of your speech in order to guarantee that you cover all of the information that needs to be covered.

Using the Memory Palace Technique

  1. Organize your speech into bullet points.Divide the speech into several bullet points. Each bullet point should be about a different topic. Write these bullet points down on a piece of paper or note cards.
  2. Pinpoint locations in your home for each bullet point.Count the bullet points and locate the same amount of pieces of furniture in your home, office, or wherever you are memorizing your speech. For example, if you have ten bullet points you will need to pinpoint ten separate pieces of furniture.
  3. Visualize an object for each bullet point.Once you have determined the furniture that you will use for the memory palace, visualize an object that relates to each bullet point.
    • For example, if the bullet refers to finances you may visualize dollar bills.
    • If the bullet is discussing fashion you may visualize a shirt.
  4. Match the bullet point with an object and piece of furniture.Assign a piece of furniture with each bullet point and object. Then visualize the object with the piece of furniture.
    • For example, you may discuss fashion by visualizing a row of shirts in the wardrobe.
    • When talking about finances you may visualize dollar bills coming out of the oven.

Preparing for Success

  1. Get enough sleep.Although it might seem tempting to stay up all night to prepare for your speech, it probably won’t help you. A lack of sleep increases your stress levels and decreases your ability to focus. Be sure that you get at least eight hours of sleep the night before your speech.
  2. Take a break.It is important to remember to take care of your body even when you are cramming for a presentation. Take some time to take a quick walk. Don’t forget to eat meals and keep yourself hydrated. These steps are equally important in memorizing your speech.
  3. Learn how to keep calm.Make a list of things that scare you about the speech. Then, try to tackle those fears. If eye contact makes you lose focus, try looking just above your audience’s head. Try giving your speech behind a podium or while holding a microphone to keep your hands busy. Use deep breathing exercises to keep yourself calm before your speech.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What should you do if you stutter?
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    Pause if you need to, and repeat the sentence or from wherever feels comfortable. Don't make weird noises with your mouth, raise your eyebrows or give any other indication you have stuffed up. If you don't react, neither will your audience.
  • Question
    What if it's worth a lot of points and I'm super nervous?
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    Community Answer
    Just remember, if you trip up, you trip up. If you act confident and cool about it, no one will know you're nervous. Its all up to you. Take it one step at a time. Take it line by line. Dig deeper into the character, or yourself, for a speech, to find the next line and it will come naturally.
  • Question
    What do I do if I mess up part of the speech?
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    Community Answer
    Just continue to relay your speech. Try to not be distracted by your mistake.
  • Question
    Is using a funny comment in your speech good to do?
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    Yes. As long as it is good, don't be cheesy or give an old, not-funny joke. Test the joke on family, friends, anyone within earshot. Don't wait too long for the laugh, or too short.
  • Question
    How can I memorize a speech if I am not sure what kind of learner I am?
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    Try a few different methods until one feels best for you, like making flashcards, listening to the speech or writing it out.
  • Question
    What if I have stage fright?
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    Remember the audience is not out get you. Slow down, take deep breaths, and if you feel like you're about to faint, wiggle your toes and bend your knees a little (don't lock your knees). If your hands start shaking, it's adrenaline, which is created by your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), so just hold your hands together.
  • Question
    How do I memorize a 7 sentence paragraph in a different language?
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    Just take it one sentence at a time, spell each one out phonetically to help you with pronunciation. Make sure you have each sentence down before moving on, then start putting all the sentences together.
  • Question
    How many hours a week do you need to practice in order to memorize a speech?
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    It depends on amount of time you have and how well you are able to memorize. Make the most of the time you have by splitting the speech into several segments. Focus on memorizing those individual segments, then piece them together. Practice as much as you can without psyching yourself out.
  • Question
    I have to memorize a monologue by tomorrow. Any tips?
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    Rehearse as much as possible, memorizing the monologue in chunks. For example, memorize the first four lines by reading them over and over again and then looking away from the paper and repeating them until you can recite them without looking at the paper at all. Then add another four lines, reciting from the beginning down through the 8th line until you can, again, recite without looking. Continue in this way until you've memorized the entire monologue.
  • Question
    What if I have to make my speech last an exact amount of time?
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    Write out your speech and time it while you are saying it so you can make the speech longer or shorter if you need to. Then just practice it over and over. Once you've established a normal rhythm of performing your speech, it should last almost exactly the same amount of time each time you do it.
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  • Don’t worry about memorizing the speech word for word.
  • Remember to rehearse your body language as well as your speech.
  • Read it in front of a mirror.
  • Understand each and every line, so if you understand it you can easily speak about it.
  • Practice, practice, practice... but practice it right because practice makes perfect.
  • Learn the speech in small parts.
  • Decree and declare that you understand the topic before writing the speech.


  • Memorizing a speech in one night can be difficult. If you have time, try to spread the work out over several nights.

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If you only have one night to memorize a speech, start by typing out thespeech or writing it on a new sheet of paper to help commit it to your memory. Rather than memorizing the entire speech word for word, focus on remembering the bullet points and any important facts or statistics. When you feel comfortable with the material, try rehearsing in front of a friend or family member, or record yourself and watch the video to see where you can make improvements.

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