Use large, lined or unlined note cards (5X7 or
3X5) rather than lined paper.
Most people presenting before an audience are nervous and hands can shake.
Paper brings attention to shaking hands because it is thin and flexible. Note
cards do not bring attention to shaking hands. There is also less potential
for distracting noise from shuffling paper.
Use black ink and large print for notes on the
Double space notes on the cards. Again, when nervous, a presenter doesn’t
want to squint to see pencil or small print that runs all together. Color writing
can also be difficult to read. Note cards are held farther from the eyes during
a presentation than normal reading. Notes must be easily read.
The presenter's name is on each card and each
Use the upper right corner. If cards are misplaced, there is a better chance
of getting them back if there is a name. If cards are dropped during a presentation,
the order can quickly be re-established.
Notes contain phrases only - no complete sentences.
The purpose of a note card is to keep an order and to assist with information
not easily remembered. Note cards are NOT to be read; the notes only guide
Using numbers helps the speaker stay in order. Bullets only do not provide
as much assistance as to where the speaker is during the presentation.
Notes will be evaluated as a part of presentations.