Preparing a speaking outline #1. ALWAYS USE NOTE/INDEX CARDS?.. never paper! Paper is distracting! Write on only one side of the note cards Always number your note cards in the same order as your written outline #2. BE BRIEF Key words Phrases abbreviations Too much information will limit your eye contact #3. INCLUDE SUPPORTING MATERIAL Include any references, direct quotes, statistics, etc. that you might need to cite during the presentation. Lengthy quotations should be written out verbatim so you can cite them completely and accurately. #4. PROVIDE DELIVERY CUES Delivery cues are stage directions that add emphasis to your presentation. On your note cards, remind yourself to, wherever appropriate: Slow down Pause Emphasize Make eye contact Walk to the other side of the room etc. #5. BE LEGIBLE Print large enough so you can read your own handwriting!!
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