Learn Public Speaking Material Easily
Using Bits (AKA Chunks or Series)
The term bit means a section of material that is so related to each
other that it makes it easy for you to memorize. Each point flows naturally
from one to the next so you can deliver the information without looking
to your notes (as long as you know your material).
As you will learn from my public speaking course having good speaking skills involves practicing and preparing
before your presentation.
Until I learned about bits, I never thought I would be a great speaker
because I'm not good at memorizing long speeches. I discovered that
most people can't memorize long talks either. They have a mental or written outline consisting
of key words that trigger the individual bit in their minds.
Pros use this concept to be able to deliver long presentations to the
public without the use of notes.
Becoming less dependent on your notes has several advantages. When
you stand before a group and speak without using notes your credibility
automatically rises. The audience thinks, 'Wow! This person really knows
Since you won't be tied to a podium or forced to hold your notes, you
can get physically closer to the audience, or actually enter the audience
on occasion. The closer you are to them, the better you will connect.
When you leave the script at home you can speak naturally to the audience
rather than read to them. You will also be more confident because you
no longer have to worry about your notes getting lost, or being blown
away by the wind when outdoors.
Using bits also has another big advantage. We are busy people. It's
tough to find a spare hour or day to practice your public speaking skills
for an upcoming presentation. Chunks of Bits or Series of Bits can be
practiced when you have a few minutes, a bit of time here and there.
You will be more likely to practice your material (and we all need
practice) if you can practice a three or five-minute chunk rather than
the whole presentation.
Remember the old slogan for the candy bar, "Bit of Honey"?
It was, "A bit of honey goes a long, long way."
Remember from your public speaking course you should learn your craft and your speech,
bit by bit, it will go a long way on your road to success.
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