Overcome Speech Writer’s Block

Demolish your speech writers block

How to Demolish Brick Walls

Do You Have (Speech) Writer’s Block?

You are hurtling towards a deadline. You have to deliver a speech or presentation.

The deadline looms like a brick wall.

But your mind is blank. You can only dream of success.

You started to plan well ahead didn’t you? But the words aren’t coming together.

You gaze at that blank piece of paper but no words emerge. The dreaded speech writer’s block has you in its grip.

So how do you knock down this wall between your brain and the piece of paper in front of you?

Concentrate?

Your mind wanders. You can’t focus on the task in hand.

Concentrate! Now’s not the time for daydreaming.

Or is it?

Sometimes, too much focus can lead to the mind going blank. The conscious mind that is.

So how do you overcome it?

How can you free your mind from clutter to allow that presentation to be ready before the deadline?

Sleep On It!

Have you ever faced a seemingly intractable problem one day that has an obvious solution the following day?

The advice ‘to sleep on it’ actually works. Because, while we are asleep our unconscious mind continues to whirr away creatively to come up with a solution to the problem.

In fact, you don’t necessarily have to take a nap; you can just let your mind wander for a while and often inspiration will strike.

“Nearly every major decision of my business career was, to some degree, the result of daydreaming. … By daydreaming I mean loose, unstructured thinking with no particular goal in mind.” 

Those were the words of Dov Frohman, Israeli electronics engineer, businessman, author and the inventor of the EPROM chip.

Of course, when you have an important presentation coming up, it’s difficult to persuade yourself to sit and daydream. It feels like time wasting.

Perhaps a slightly different approach is required.

Overcome speech writer's block by daydreaming.

Sprinting and Dreaming 

Demolish that brick wall and get across the finish line before the deadline!

Gazing into space and consciously daydreaming isn’t mandatory. Anything that distracts you from that deadline can help.

Most of us find it difficult to concentrate for long periods. So a short burst of creativity without allowing any distractions can be an effective way to work.

Some people find it helpful to work in short sprints: say 15 or 20 minutes.

The idea is to focus really hard for that short period and then take a break.

Take a Break

Do something completely different for a few minutes. Something that engages your brain and distracts you from your task.

Just make a cup of tea, read a book, take a look at your social media or chat with the cat*.

It doesn’t matter what it is so long as your mind takes a break from thinking about your presentation.

The beauty of utilising the daydreaming process for speech ‘writing’ is that it’s likely the key elements are already stored on the ‘hard disc’ in your head, aka the unconscious mind.

With a modicum of mental editing to tidy things up, you’ll have your presentation imprinted on your mind, so there’s little or no need for speech notes.

So there you have it. Speech writer’s block overcome. Brick wall demolished. Sweet dreams!

(* Note: Taking the cat to the office to help with your presentation isn’t recommended!)

Cat sitting in office waiting to go home.

Office life is boring. Not an edible mouse in sight. Is it time to go home yet?

 

Last updated 26th July 2023

 

Further reading:

6 Types of Writer’s Block: How to Up Your Productivity and Write With Joy by Henneke Duistermaat

Why not subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we post a new article?

Similar Posts