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Never read your presentation. Instead, convert the text of your presentation into key words and notes.

To do this:

  • first, write your presentation as a whole text. When you're done, change this to spoken language. Remember, there is a difference between written and spoken language, and nobody likes to listen to someone who sounds like a book! Avoid long, complicated sentences and overly formal words like heretofore or thereafter.
  • then, go through your text and underline or highlight key words and ideas.
  • place these key words on notecards in short bullet points or outline format. If you don't write out the whole text in your notes, you won't be tempted to bore the audience by reading your whole presentation out loud.
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