‘Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.’ Steve Jobs
Five steps to tossing the script
- Write your script in full sentences in the ‘notes’ section of powerpoint.
- Highlight or underline the key word from each sentence, and practice your presentation.
- Delete extraneous words from your scripted sentences, leaving only the key words.
- Memorize the one key idea per slide.
- Practice the entire presentation without notes, simply using the slides as your prompter.
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- Don’t read from notes except in special circumstances in which you must follow a step-by-step process, such as a demonstration
- When you must read from notes, create no more than three or four large-font bullet points on one note card or sheet of paper. Create one note card per slide. If you’re using speaker’s notes in keynote or powerpoint presentation software, keep your bullet points to no more than three or four. One is even better.
- Use the visuals on your slide to prompt you to deliver just one key theme – one main message – per slide. Think ‘one theme per slide.’