Hey Hidey Ho!
First things first: There’s more than one way to do a video for your business than memorizing your scripts (I’ll be doing videos on some of these in the coming months).
But if you’re determined to film your fabulous content this way, here are some great tips to get you started.
I’ll be the first to admit, memorizing is a wacky zone of tedium and time.
Unless, of course, you have a photographic memory. Then it’s a piece of cake.
But for the rest of us, memorizing can feel like you’re missing some big secret. That your mind must be missing the memorizing gene or something.
So check out the video below to get my top memorizing tips.
Why can memorizing be so hard?
The truth about memorizing is that it’s kind of like working a muscle. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
Another key to memorizing is to figure out how your mind remembers things. People learn in different ways (more on this in the video above).
Just remember, getting this muscle going does take time. Memorizing can take more time than you’d think, especially if you get nervous when you press record.
Bonus tip: If the words fly out the window when you start filming, it doesn’t mean that you can’t memorize, it just means that you haven’t put in enough time learning the script.
Leave a comment below and let me know what works for YOU.
And as always…
Sarah Michelle Brown
Your Virtual Video Director
This is SO HELPFUL. I just this week made the video that had the longest bit I had to remember and it nearly KILLED me!
This was actually the first time I wrote some bullets down – but I still forgot bits and (for some reason!?!) added bits.
Next time, I’m going to use these tips (LOVE the one about recording it and listening to it) and I will NAIL it!
My pleasure Marsha!!! So happy that you have made the leap into MAKING online vids for your biz. That is half the battle for so many people. Yeah, memorizing really can be such a beast – I know it is for me. The bullet point thing is totally cool. In fact, that’s how I like to roll. It really depends on what’s most important for you and also what helps bring out your best: less prep time vs being spontaneous vs nailing your script etc etc.
Keep at it Marsha! And rock out your next vid!
Hi Sarah Michelle,
what a beautiful new site, (I don’t actually know if it is so new) but I just discovered it and I think it’s amazing!!! I am a b-school babe and congratulations on all your success.
This is a great project! love the site! loved getting to watch you, and look forward to seeing more, on line and in the world,
love and light-
Thank you so much Nika! Indeed this is a brand new adventure (and website) for me. I’m bringing together my writing/directing/acting experience to help fab entrepreneurs. Having a blast so far! 🙂
Lots more to come!
Many thanks for stopping by lady!
Always such great tips from you, lady. And it’s good to know that even professionals have trouble learning lines sometimes. It’s not just me being an empty headed fool.
Love the tip on physicalising line learning… you could sell tickets for that alone.
Sarah – I’ve just discovered you and your blog, so grateful for that and all the amazing tips that you share. I love your site, such a fresh design. You’ve got a new fervent follower here! We’re planning a series of videos for my company and your advice will help us tremendously, thanks so much!
Love, love love your video today. You share dsome much tips and I resonate with them all.
I’m in the middle of making a video series now and sometimes I’ll lose my words. Especially when am doing the introductions.
I’ll implement the sentence by sentence and see how it goes. I think that’s the best one for me.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Joyce!! And way to go for creating your video series. Give that technique a try and remember that with memorizing, more is more. The more comfortable you are with the lines, the more you can let the heart of your content out – because you’ll be focused on helping out your viewers than remembering your next line. Good luck with the series! Do let me know how the shoots go. Cheers! ~Sarah
Thanks for the tips you make a great video, I am doing a new website with videos and hope I can make pensions, savings and mortgages exciting
My pleasure. You can definitely make pensions, savings and mortgages exciting! It’s all about really speaking to the heart of your ideal customers and being authentically YOU.
I’m excited for your new site and your video adventures lady!
I do long seminars with no prompts like PPT, or notes. When I had to learn my 3 hours worth of notes I did your full sentence repeat method. But because I am visual I chunked my written notes into manageable sections of several sentences and labelled each one in the margin based on it’s theme. In hindsight I realize I use key words in one section to cue up the next section in my head. When I’m speaking, I also remember where on the page the sections are which helps me remember what comes next, and if I forget a section I realize it pretty quickly and to back to the picture of the page in my head which allows me to find a way to weave that info back in.
Hey Sarah~ I hear you. Those visual cues are a great tool!!! Way to go on doing these long seminars. You’re a memorizing Olympian!
Just popping back in to say that – last night, I had to make a video on not enough sleep or food, but your tips for remembering the script were SO HELPFUL!!
Amazing!!!! Good for you Marsha! Love your videos lady!