your notecard should propel you through a sizable sequence of points and details. Once you have delivered that material, perhaps you’ll glance at your card again to remind yourself of the key word or phrase that comes next. You must discover what works for you and then select those words that tend to jog your recall. Having identified what works, make a preliminary set of five cards, written on one side only. Number the cards, and practice with them.
Saylor URL: Saylor.org 444 Revise and refine them the way you would an outline. If you must, rewrite an entire card to make it work better, and test it the next time you practice. Always practice with your notecards — and with any visual aids you plan to use. Practicing is also the best way to find out what kinds of things might go wrong with your notes in the presented speech and what steps you should take to make things go smoothly. Write in Large Letters You should be able to read something on your card by glancing, not peering at it. A few key words and phrases, written in large, bold print with plenty of white space between them, will help you. If the lighting in your speech location is likely to have glare, be sure to write your notes in ink, as pencil can be hard to read in poor lighting. Using Notecards Effectively If you use as much care in developing your five notecards as you do your speech, they should serve you well. If you lose your place or go blank during the speech, you will only need a few seconds to find where you were and get going again. For instance, if you know that you presented the introduction and the first main point, which centers on the Emancipation Proclamation, you can readily go to your second card and remind yourself that your next main point is about the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. In addition, the use of your notecards allows you to depart from the exact prepared wordings in your manuscript. In your recovery from losing your place, you can transpose a word or phrase to make your recovery graceful. It allows you to avoid feeling pressured to say every single word in your manuscript. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to put your entire speech on cards in little tiny writing. You will end up reading words to your audience
Saylor URL: Saylor.org 445 instead of telling them your meaning, and the visual aspect of your speech will be spoiled by your need to squint to read your cards. KEY TAKEAWAYS Good notecards keep you from reading to your audience. Good notecards are carefully based on key words and phrases to promote recall. Good notecards should enhance your relationship with listeners. EXERCISES 1. Using the introduction to your speech, create a 4 × 6 notecard that includes the grabber, the thesis statement, and the preview. Test it by standing as you would during a speech and using it to guide you.
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