Using a Speaking Outline

Have you ever memorized a speech, forgotten one word, and your whole speech was off? Stop memorizing your speeches and start using a speaking outline to help you stay on track. This video focuses on the importance of using a speaking outline and how it will improve your speech and make you appear as a more credibly presenter.


  • Why should you stop memorizing speeches?
  • What are the benefits of using a speaking outline?
  • Why should you use bullet points in your speaking outline?
  • How can you sound more natural and be a more effective speaker?
  • How can your eye contact appear more natural


Hi everyone! My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru, and these videos will help you prepare before the speech.

I work with people all the time who have told me that at some point in their life or another someone has given the advice that they should memorize a speech. Erase all of that, erase it again, erase it again, and delete it forever because you should never ever, ever, ever, memorize a speech. Here’s why.

When you memorize a speech, you sound more monotonous. You sound like a robot. What happens then is if you mess up on one little word the whole speech can get thrown off and you can trip up. Also, if you’re doing something from memory, your eye contact and your gestures normally aren’t as genuine, because instead of looking at the audience and actively engaging with them through your eyes and seeking feedback, your eyes are towards the back of your head thinking about what words you’re going to say next.

So eradicate memorization from your vocabulary, and instead use a speaking outline where you use bullet points and very large text for each main point you want to make during your presentation. Using this, you can glance down at the bullet point, glance back up to your audience, and have a speech delivered naturally.


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