QuickBites: Am I Supposed to Memorize My Entire Presentation?

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By Peter George Public Speaking Inc and Peter George. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, “Am I supposed to memorize my presentation?”

My standard -- and slightly confusing -- answer is, “No … and yes … but mostly no.”

Let me explain. Memorizing your entire presentation is not recommended, nor is it reasonable.

In this episode, you learn:

- which elements of a presentation should be memorized and why

- what you should do with the body of a presentation

- the two most important parts of a talk

- what to do if you are going to include a long quote or other passage

- what propels you from being a speaker who speaks to one who connects with their audience and serves them well

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