Some suggestions for using notes

If you must use notes, here are some suggestions:

• Use note cards. They're small and easy to handle.

• Don't put much on them. What would you use as headings or sub-headings if you had written your entire presentation? That's what should go on your note cards—not lots of text. Too many notes get in the way of good eye contact.

• Leave your notes on the lectern or table and move away from them occasionally. During parts of your presentation when you're especially confident, move around to gain rapport with your audience. You can rehearse when to do this.

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