111: MMM - On a Memorizing Trick

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It’s Mini Moved Me Day!

Today I want to talk with you about a little memorizing trick I use when I’m trying to get the content of my talk to move from my head and really sink into my body. Whether you are refreshing a talk you haven’t done in awhile, or you are currently building a talk and aren’t delivering it yet – there’s a simple trick you can use to move the process along. (This isn’t the only thing you need to do to memorize, of course; it’s not magic, people! But it’s really helpful.)

Here’s what you need to do: READ YOUR TALK EVERY NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP. Every night. Don’t obsess and muss and rearrange (although, you will probably want to do that and might find you have a genius aha moment if you’re in the creation of it) – but just give yourself a little time to reconnect with your content before you sleep.

Why?

I don’t know exactly, though I’ve felt it work in my and watched it work with others for decades. It has something to do with our subconscious and the Creative Process. Sleeping time is essential for synthesizing and embedding whatever it is your brain is processing. A lot of work happens on your talk while you sleep – and if you can set yourself up for utilizing this powerful time, it will do a lot of the work for you.

It requires very little time, and makes a huge difference in our content becoming a PART of us, rather than we just spouting out our content.

(When I was first memorizing in plays, I also spent time listening to my talk on cassette tapes - errr, I mean, mp3 digital files – which does a similar thing.)

The difference between a memorized talk and an integrated talk is that when you have integrated a talk into your body (and it’s not just bouncing around in your brain) you can be fully present and respond to what is happening in the moment. You know the moments you are moving towards; you know the flow and beats; you begin to “see” it in your mind, rather than looking for it frantically in the roof of our brains while the audience disconnects.

And THAT is a really powerful (and fun!) place to be at! It opens us up for having a much bigger impact, and truly moving our audience.

#Speakers: A lot of memorization happens while you sleep; if you can set yourself up for this time, it will do a lot of the work for you.

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