Getting Over Yourself

July 12, 2010

Is it okay to use notes?

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 11:04 am
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It depends on why you’re using them. Are they a crutch or a safety net?  Whether they’re on paper, the screen or your laptop.

If they’re a crutch, you’re always wondering if you’re saying the right thing and what you’re supposed to cover next–which means you’re not in the moment.

Considering them a safety net allows you to have them in a convenient place, available for reference should you need them. In which case, you can quietly walk to where they are, look at them and then look back at the audience and resume talking. It leaves you free to explore ideas with the audience.

It’s helpful to remember that in the silence (the pause) the audience is thinking about what you just said and not wondering what’s the matter with you nor being critical. That only happens if you act flustered or panicked.

Learn to feel comfortable without notes so you can experience the freedom that comes from exchanging ideas in real time. Then you will be able to use them appropriately when the occasion calls for them.

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