5 tips to help you remember your presentation material03/09/15
One of the most nerve wracking parts of delivering a presentation can be worrying about forgetting your presentation material. You can of course print out notes to guide you, but you want to avoid reading everything straight from a piece of paper if you want to engage your audience (and also if you want to look like you know what you’re talking about!)
If you’re prone to forgetting things it might be worth training your brain. Here are some proven tips to help improve your memory…
Visualise your content
Most people remember visual content easier than written content. Mind maps are diagrams where you lay out your presentation content in a visual shape rather than as a list, and are proven to increase memory retention. When you try to remember part of your presentation you’ll picture the image of the mind map which is easier to recall than a long list.
Read and Repeat
Research shows it takes 8 uninterrupted seconds for information to enter into your memory. Focus on your text for at least 8 seconds, look away and try to remember it, then read the information again and repeat as many times as necessary.
Researchers have found that memory improves over 10% when words are spoken out loud, so practice beforehand to maxmise the chances of remembering your content. It’s also worth rehearsing your presentation just before you go to bed as sleep helps to consolidate recently learned information.
Group items together
It’s much easier to remember information in chunks rather than in a long list, so if you have a list of stats try breaking them down into sets of three to five.
Take a break
It’s important to rest your brain and not overdo it. Set your alarm to make sure that you take regular breaks and go and make a cup of tea before beginning again.
We hope that these tricks help you to remember more of your presentation content.