How do you feel about using public speaking notes for your confidence in presentations?
Professionals often worry if they can use use public speaking notes notes when delivering presentations.
The answer is always yes, you can use use public speaking notes at any meeting in which you are presenting.
The key is you use public speaking notes as, well notes, rather than a script which you read word for word to the meeting attendees
If you're like me, when speakers read to me in meetings, it makes me wonder why they just didn't send the information in an email.
Your public speaking notes may contain keywords for prompts to keep you on track in your presentation.
You may need to refer to your notes if relaying material that is technical or statistical information that would be impractical to memorise.
When other speakers look at their public speaking notes, you will often hear them making the erm, um or uh sounds as they look down to read the details.
Here is how you can seamlessly refer to your notes.
Finish your sentence and then stop speaking.
This is where the highest risk of making filler sounds can creep in.
When you stop at the end of the sentence and stay silent, you remove the chance of this occurring.
Take a moment to scan your notes for the keyword or statistic you would like to share with your audience.
During the moment it takes you to scan your notes, remain silent.
Your audience will not even notice the short period of silence it takes for you to retrieve the information.
Look back up from your notes making eye contact with your audience and only then start your speech, sharing the information retrieved from your notes.
Following these steps will help you to feel more confident when speaking in public while looking professional to your audience.
About the Author
Andy O'Sullivan is an international bestselling author of 5 books on public speaking, pitching and presenting. Andy is a speaker and educator on the subject of how to survive and thrive in the business world with effective public speaking, pitching and presentation skills.