No to Memorization Ep14 with Victor Ahipene

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Even world-renowned speakers must rehearse for public speaking.

But do not confuse rehearsal with memorization because they are two entirely different things and doing the latter would most probably mess up your presentation. So put your earplugs in and get ready to get insights about good public speaking habits!

Victor Ahipene: Speaker nation what’s happening. Welcome to another episode of public speaking secrets. I’m your host, victor, and as always, thank you so much for joining me. I want to talk to you about something that has been a bugbear of mine since I learned how to effectively public speak and it’s that we need to stop memorizing things. Okay. A lot of you. A lot of us, we learn to do one of two things when we learned about public speaking and usually it’s from someone who’s under qualified to teach. It might be your teacher at school who’s helping you along and they’re trying to give you a cookie cutter approach, which isn’t even the right. It’s more like a cake tin to cut a cookie and what, uh, what it ends up making us doors. One of two things. Either A, we’ve write out an essay and put it onto cue cards, which is just basically like shared reading when it comes to giving a presentation.


It’s never engaging a slow moving. You lose your spot and an attorney and it’s a panic. The other one is memorization and memorization has. I don’t know about you, but for most of us, if we’ve got a 10, 20, 30 minute hour presentation, memorization has never going to be the solution and this is something that I teach through the public speaking blueprint on ways and strategies that we can get as far away from that as possible, become more engaging, more confident, more charismatic, and more memorable. Is speakers with all of that leading us to hit bit more for all of that, it leads us to be having more impactful talk that people remember that they take away our overarching message in there. Have a great time. But what brought me to talk about this today as I was watching a Ted talk from Alex Honnold, Alex Honnold, and he climbed a 3000 feet vertical cliff with no harnesses, no ropes, no anything.


He just free climbed it. And it was one of the biggest successes of, uh, the climbing world ever. And it’s basically a vertical wall there. He managed to climb up and he talks to her and I highly recommend you go and have a look at it. It’s called how I climbed a 3000-foot vertical cliff, a highly recommend watching it because there’s some key messages in there when it comes to skill acquisition. So he started off climbing when he was younger. He climbs, I’m different, you know, different types of train from not yet, obviously vertical summit’s to get his skills in, to become a more confident climber and that’s where a lot of us aren’t even at. We’re still going for literally walk up a hill rather than climbing it. And he started to climb it and he got bitter and bitter and more confident edit and he’d started doing some free climbs and they weren’t too challenging, but he would do them first with his ropes and train and things like that.


Then he got to this 30,000-foot vertical cliff and he talks about the process. He’d done another one that was, was pretty hard as well, similar to that. And he didn’t feel it anywhere near as, uh, as much achievement when he got to the top of the first one because, uh, he lost his course along the way, but he eventually found it. So he’s still achieved something that no one else had ever achieved, but he still wasn’t quite satisfied he is. He said he didn’t feel like he had achieved mastery and why it’s because he hadn’t minimize the room for errors in this doesn’t mean memorizing with his next climb, this one that he talks about, he had got stones because it was a different kind of grip technique. He’d got stones off the cliff face from certain areas so he could practice getting his hands down for that.


He stretched for over a year to a particular position because he had met out the best way to go up. He wasn’t memorizing it. He was visualizing it. He was visualizing what it would be like to be at a certain point, what he would have to do, where his next foot would have to go. Whereas hen would have to go in occasionally he’d have to put his hand somewhere slightly different, but we’re. His city was the chemist. He said the last 600 feet, it was like he was doing a victory lap. Why? Because he knew the patterns he’d worked at so much. With a rope, he’d practiced it in his head. He’d prepared his grips in his hand, positions so well that he knew it, and that’s what is really, really important in the learnings I think that it can carry over to public speaking is when you’re up on stage, and you are the expert.


You are the person that someone else has asked you to speak on a particular topic. It’s very really going to be a topic that you don’t know anything about, so there’s no point in memorizing a, yeah, a long or even short talk because you are that expert. What you’re better off doing is learning a structure and a system that you can put together so that no matter the time, the preparation, that the length of talk that you have to give, you can jump up onto stage and absolutely dominate it. When you are the expert, you know the content. You don’t need to memorize it and get nervous. You just need to know where the next steps come from. A, we need to, you know, as he put it, where he had to put his foot or where had to put his hand. If you’re talking about, I don’t know if you’re talking about exercise and talk about it, your first point might be about the benefits of exercise and the next one might be about nutrition and how it benefits exercise and then it might be mindset is the third one.


All of those is like, where do I put that foot? Where do I put that hand? If you overlapped with some of them, that’s absolutely fine because you are the expert. You know the content, you know it’s true and you know it’s impactful, but as you get bitter and you get more confident, then you’re looking at minimizing the amount of time that these things overlap or the times that you kind of slightly veer off path and then come back to it because you want to be the person who’s holding any stage at any length. And I thought it was just really interesting seeing the similarities between a free climber of some of the world’s hardest terrains and how they’re kind of overlaps the speaking. He’d gone on the exact same journey that myself and many other speakers have gone on in the sense that we started out, you know, potentially where you’re in.


He started out in rock climbing walls and we started out with cue cards and memorization and then we get some more competence. We get some more skills. We get taught by somebody who knows and has been there and then you adapt and then you go to something harder and harder and harder and then when you get to the top climb, it’s probably going to take a little bit more work, but the payoff is going to be so, so much more. And I’ve actually made a training that if you go to, I’ve got a training put together on the public speaking blueprint that you can follow. I’d highly recommend watching it. It’s a great training and we’ll give you that blueprint to be able to implement so that you know we’re your next hand or Unix foot has go when you’re climbing your public speaking ranks, building your confidence, eliminating your fears, and becoming confident, charismatic, public speaker that you’ve always dreamed off.


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