Just Before Show Time
Review Your Notes
I知 frequently asked if I ever
use notes on the podium when I speak. The answer is that
I do, in a manner of speaking.
On occasion, I値l have notes on
paper, but very rarely. If I do have paper notes, they
typically hold only keywords, not a script. If I知 in
the role of Master of Ceremonies, I値l have notes with
the order of events, but, generally, my notes are in the
form of pictures in my head.
I値l create a visual stack of
pictures in my mind that serves as a road map for my
presentation. As I speak, I review the pictures in my
mind, and that helps keep me on the right track.
I do, however, always review my
notes, whether they池e on paper or in my head, a few
minutes before I speak. This is to make sure I have a
recent exposure to the material so my recall is better.
The purpose is not to memorize the speech, but to
refresh the key points in my mind.
Some people run into difficulty
here, because they try to do a last-minute run through
of their entire speech or presentation, and then get
frustrated when they can稚 remember the entire thing.
That frustration leads to anxiety, which reduces the
ability of the brain to focus. The presentation is
doomed before it begins.
By being properly prepared, all
you値l need is a list of keywords to help you recall the
order of events. Review this list before you go on, not
to remember the content, but to remember the order.
So, what痴 the lesson? A last
minute review of the order of events will help you stay