Friday, 11 June 2010

Ten Tips on using Notes.

  1. Writing out the whole speech will give you too many notes to handle. Use key points for each paragraph or point.
  2. Large notes, if held in the hand, will detract from the presentation. Use palm-sized cards as a prompt or reminder.
  3. Print or type speech in large letters on while, unlined cards. Everything on the cards should be readable at arm's length.
  4. Use card rather than paper as it is easier to handle and will not curl if placed on a lectern.
  5. Use wide margins so you can find your place easily as you scan down the card.
  6. Underline words and phrases you want to emphasise.
  7. Mark reminders of pauses or phrasing in a bold, different colour.
  8. Mark some of the cards for possible elimination in case your speech has to be shortened.
  9. Number the cards in the top right hand corner. If you do have the misfortune to drop them they can easily be re-ordered.
  10. As you finish with a card put it to one side. If it is placed at the back of the pile you may accidentally put it in the wrong place and thereby repeat your material or get lost.

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