Lesson 6: Memory

One of the most daunting things for beginning storytellers, public speakers – and even actors, is remembering what to say!

Storytelling Education - Lesson 6

Memory Techniques to memorise your story

In Lesson 6 of this education series we are going to go over: 1) basic memory techniques, 2) ways to improve your memory further and how to apply this to remember a lengthy story.

Now, think about it! How are you possibly going to remember your story? The story that you have planned to say? The words you have chosen…?

Planning time!

Basic Memory

First thing to do – Think about how you remember how to get from home to work or just from any A to B. Remember the road you turn down, what you do here, what you do there?

This is the big clue. We best remember via relation.

To see how this works, write down 20 random words.

  1. Pineapple
  2. Space
  3. Red
  4. Indonesia
  5. Cardboard
  6. ….

Basically, all you need to do is visually connect item 1 to item 2, item 2 to 3… so on and so forth. Create a narrative, a short story:

Ie. Imagine and pineapple flying through space, in space there is a red rocketship, the rocketship is red like the Indonesia national flag, but for some strange reason the flag is rigid and made from card board…

I think you get the idea.

Try it, see you easily you can remember a bunch of random items!

Now, when you have your story, you can reduce it down to 20 or less keywords, which you can use to jog your memory and keep on track form A to B.

Improve your Memory

The only real way to improve your memory in any specific area is to focus on it and apply attention to it.

Basic memory creates the base framework from which we can peg other more detailed memories.


  1. Break down your story into segments
  2. Create a question for each segment
  3. Have a written answer for each question
  4. Create document 1 – Questions with answers beneath
    • Start by just reading through,
    • Second, try to answer without looking but use it for assistance
    • Third, Last stand up and tell your story, with the questions as cues (you don’t need to speak them) and use doc 1 for back up.
  5. Create document 2 – Questions only
    • Lastly use doc three for cues, until you no longer need them!

Storytelling Memory

The big thing here is keeping your storytelling true to you.

It must be natural and it must come from the heart!

Just remember – The more artificial the word choice and structure is to you, the more strained memorising the story will be.


In Lesson 6, we have introduced memory, a basic technique and a technique specific to storytelling / presentations.