Reading To An Audience

The most important thing to remember is that the audience and speaker together form a speech. Avoid reading sentences on slides to the audience. Your audience is highly literate and beyond doubt they can read English faster and better than they can hear it. So try not to insult them by reading to them exactly what is already there for them to see. The solution of course is to use key words or phrases rather than sentences on your slides. This way you can glance at the slide and then put key words into full sentences as you explain the slide, adding meaning to what they read. This will invite the audience to feel honored and will prevent you from feeling foolish for saying what they can clearly read.

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