• checking facts

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These may seem so simple and obvious, but that's the point: the simple visual aids served as the headings and sub-headings he might have used if he'd written down his entire presentation.

When he spoke, he'd come to a "heading," say what he wanted to, and move on. If he forgot something he'd intended to say, that was all right. The audience would never know.

This technique of using visual aids as notes has these important advantages:

• You don't have to worry about what you 're going to say next. This is a significant advantage. Your next visual aid has your next major idea. Just turn to it when you're ready. That way, your mind isn't constantly cluttered by the fear that you may forget what's next.

• You can move about the room. Inexperienced speakers don't want to move, but movement helps you relax and adds energy to your presentation. We'll talk more about this in Chapter 28, "Using effective techniques of delivery."

• You can have good eye contact with your audience. You can look at your audience all the time—except when you're looking briefly at your visual aid. But that's okay; the audience will look at your visual aid then, too.

• Your audience feels comfortable knowing you're on your planned track. Well-designed visual aids show that you have a plan and are following it.

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