Reading Your Talk--Part 2:
Preparing the Reading Draft
is the second in a series on reading a talk. As I said last month,
while reading the talk has disadvantages, it does let you plan the exact
words to use. This month I give some considerations for preparing the
reading draft so it is easier to do a good job presenting the talk.
Guidelines for Preparing the Reading Draft:
Use as large font as practical to
increase visibility and readability.
Use serif fonts, those with little
lines at the top and bottom of the letters to help guide the eye from
letter to letter and see the word as a whole. For example, use Times
New Roman font rather than Arial font.
Double space to make words stand out
and reduce confusion.
Write out difficult to pronounce
words phonetically or put the correct pronunciation immediately
following the word to keep you from stumbling.
Type on only one side of the paper
for easier handling.
Mark your draft in ways that help as
you read it, such as boldface or underlining for important words or
lines between words where you plan to pause.
Mark places where you plan to use
Use short paragraphs to reduce the
chance of losing your place.
Number the pages with large numerals
in the upper corner.
Next month I will give suggestions
for practicing the talk.
This material is adapted from my