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To memorize or not to memorize — that is the question….
 
The usual argument presentation coaches make against memorizing your presentation is that you won’t sound natural — that your presentation will sound memorized…
 
They also maintain that you should know your information so well that all you really need to do is have a conversation with your audience.
 
Here’s how I look at it…
 
It’s easy to get tripped up in your conversation when you’re nervous and have to battle your way through a sea of um’s and uh’s…
 
There are some key points in your sessions where you don’t want to take that risk…
 
There’s too much at stake…
 
You’ve got to sound professional…
 
Consider this:  Do theater and movie actors sound like their lines are memorized?
 
You know they’ve spent time memorizing their lines, but if they’re doing a good job delivering those lines, you don’t actually think about it when you hear them speak…
 
You’re caught up in the story….
 
The way they deliver their lines comes across as natural because the actors are applying natural nuances…pausing, emphasizing, changing their volume, and so on…
 
You can do the same…
 
More importantly, if you’re facilitating a learning experience instead of dropping a load of information, you won’t need to memorize much of your session…
 
Why? Because you won’t have a huge amount of lecture-style content…
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You’ll have your attendees interacting through brainstorming sessions, discussions, hands-on techniques, and case study analysis…
 
To learn how to create interactive learning experiences where your audience members learn, remember, and apply what you’re sharing…
 
Check out the Creating Your Engaging Talks and Workshops online program here…
 
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