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Feb. 2006 - Reading Your Talk: Part 2 – Preparing the Reading Draft

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February  2006

Reading Your Talk--Part 2: Preparing the Reading Draft

This 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 visual aids.
  • 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 book Speaking Effectively

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama

Feb. 2006 - Reading Your Talk: Part 2 – Preparing the Reading Draft
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