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Practice Your Handwriting

If you plan to write on your transparencies during your
presentation, practice a few times in advance to ensure that it
looks clean and tidy. Audiences hate sloppy writing. It dis-
tracts them. Practice will help you appear less nervous as you
make notes. If you canít write neatly, prepare your overheads
completely in advance and have them typeset.


     In general, large, thick writing implies greater confi-
dence. Small, thin script makes you appear weak. If you are not
a good speller, be extra careful. Pre-write your notes in ad-
vance on the border of the transparency, then just copy them
onto the acetate as you go along. No one will see it except you!
Another effective way to avoid spelling gaffes is to use abbre-
viations as often as possible.
     If you have to write spontaneous notes (such as feedback
from the audience) on a flip chart or white board, you might
want to ask for an assistant. But if you are stuck doing it all
yourself, have some one-liners ready in case you make an
error. Try these:

"I canít do two things at once - writing and spelling!"
"Any creative mind knows that there is more than one way to
spell a word!"
"Thatís the American/Canadian/Swiss way of spelling it!"
"Thatís the way you spell it. I use olde Englishe"



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