After days of practicing and rehearsing your speech you finally get to stand and deliver it before your audience. At some point in your presentation, however, your mind suddenly goes blank and you forget what to say next. As awkwardness and embarrassment kicks in, you panic and you lose your entire speech altogether.
This can probably be one of the worst nightmares everyone who gets a chance to speak in public can get to experience. This is also possibly one of the major reasons why a lot of people fear public speaking. But fear not because there are ways by which one can gain confidence at not blanking out in the middle of a speech. One reason why this happens is that some speakers try to memorize the entirety of their speech so much so that when they forget a part of it, they panic and the anxiety causes them to forget more.
The key then is not to be dependent on having to memorize every word you have to say. The technique to do it is to make use of triggers, prompts, and cues in your presentation. These can be props, visual aids like powerpoint, or even stories that you insert in your presentation. These triggers will help cue you on where you are in your talk and what important point you are trying to make. This will also help you frame your thought on what to say without having to rely completely on your prepared speech.
Here are four easy ways to help you remember your presentation.