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Use key words only, with the exception of quotations and
opening and closing statements.
     Be thoroughly familiar with your notes and the markings
in them. You should know the content so well that you won’t
need to refer too much to your cards. You will have them just
to glance at and ensure that you do not miss anything.
     Your markings should instantly trigger recall of the
points you want to make. Do not look nervously at your notes
and talk at the same time.
     Instead, quickly scan your card, then look up, smile and
convey your ideas from memory. Develop a smooth cycle
whereby your eyes move over the note cards to the audience.
     When speaking in a large room where you will shift
around quite a bit, you could plant note cards in various places
to help keep you on track. If you intend to use a blackboard,
place one on the chalk ledge with all of the points to be written
on the board. Doing this will also give you a good reason to
move, thus enhancing your body language.
     If you are concerned about going overtime, place extra
note cards in your deck marked with reminders to look at the


Every speaker has experienced times when they temporarily
lost their place or forgot an important thought in mid-sentence.
Accept this as natural.
     The way to minimize brownouts is to prepare in advance
and become thoroughly familiar with a few important key
points rather than many. The details will automatically follow
when the main points are clearly etched in your mind.
     But even with preparation you still might experience a
situation where you suddenly do not know where you are,

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