One of the most common reasons we experience presentation anxiety is the fear that we will forget what we have to say and risk losing credibility. A method many use to address this fear is to create PowerPoint slides as a memory aid. However, this is short-sighted because nothing erodes your credibility as a speaker faster than signaling to the audience that you are dependent on your slides.

Seasoned presenters are able to announce a slide before showing it. At a minimum, they know their material so well that all they need to do is briefly glance at the slide to know what's coming next. You can achieve this by doing simple memory boosting practices to remember your presentation material and, in turn, reduce your anxiety.
Here are nine tips to help you remember what you have to say.
  1. Use the Palace Method
  2. Use mind maps
  3. Know the value of focusing for eight seconds
  4. Practice the 20-20-20 rule of rehearsal
  5. Rehearse out loud
  6. Practice to music
  7. Record your presentation
  8. Rehearse before bedtime
  9. Improve your working memory