Speechwriting How to avoid a brain freeze when speaking In your presentation, you don’t want to be staring at a script, but winging it doesn’t work, either. Here’s how to walk that tightrope with full confidence. By Ben and Kelly DeckerDec. 1, 2014 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content It’s happened to all of us at least once. You’re prepared, and you’re nervous. All of a sudden, your mind goes blank. Brain freeze. One common complaint is, “If I knew my material better, this wouldn’t have happened.” To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.