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Public Speaking: Quick Tips to Fix Forgetfulness - Part 2

Updated on October 12, 2009

Human memory is a very strange thing. We remember certain bits and pieces, and completely forget other things. The same applies to learning work for speech and drama. I may remember one verse of a poem, but I may not remember the whole thing. I may remember one scene of a play, but maybe not in the right order. It's important to get things sorted out in your head so you can repeat what you have memorized without really having to think about it. However, be very wary of your own memory as it can play completely outrageous tricks on you!

A few years ago I was involved in a major entertainment project with a leading East Coast entertainment attorney. We both worked on the pitch I was to deliver to the producer of a major Academy Award winning movie and the day finally came when I picked up the phone and delivered the entire pitch flawlessly.

Throughout the pitch the Academy Award winning producer seemed as if he was thoroughly confused by my pitch. I did a great job of addressing his confusion, but the more I clarified points I was making about the project, the more confused he became. At the end, he sounded like he had just stepped into the Twilight Zone. He thanked me and hung up. I didn't have a videophone, but I could have sworn that he was shaking his head at me.

His reaction worried me. It wasn't that I was concerned that he would ignore the project. Anyone who has pitched a project to a major motion picture producer will tell you that it is a process with a chance of success somewhat equal to winning the Megabucks Lottery. But... this producer was politely giving me the distinct impression that I was crazy!

It wasn't until several days later that my jaw dropped. I finally realized why the producer had sounded so confused: I had called him a couple of weeks earlier and delivered the exact same pitch! I had completely forgotten about it, and had called him up and hit him up with the project the second time without even realizing that there had been a first!


Ok, I know what some HubPages readers are saying now: This proves that ol' Uncle Hal is finally losing his marbles...

However, keep in mind that this can happen to almost anyone. Occasional forgetfulness is not necessarily a sign of dementia, as it just simply occurs in people of any age. I know people in their twenties who rarely remember to lock their front doors, or when they do, where they left the keys!

Although forgetting your front door keys can be embarrassing and frustrating, it is nothing as compared to stepping out for your starring role onto a magnificent stage at a wonderful sold-out theater in London's West End or New York's Broadway, getting the undivided attention and profound focus of the entire audience as you take a deep breath... and realize that all you can remember is this morning's shopping list.

Continued In Public Speaking: Quick Tips to Fix Forgetfulness - Part 3

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