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Speaking Notes


Speaking notes are short keyword memory-joggers used when presenting a speech.


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Speech Prep

          Speaking notes are short keyword memory-joggers you use when presenting a speech. Speaking notes are not your full Preparation Outline. Speaking notes are keywords only. Where the preparation outline follows the adage “more is better,” speaking notes follow the adage that “less is better.”


          Speaking notes tell you where the speech is going, not where you are. You should include your thesis and preview on the notes. You may also write out the introduction in your notes as it is the first time you speak with the audience. But do not read it, practice it with your speaking notes until it becomes smooth and powerful. Don’t forget to include your transitions on your notes as these will help your speech flow smoothly. On the day of your presentation, you should bring your speaking notes with you. They should be in large size font to make it easier for you to “see at a glance” where you need to go next in your speech. Why make it hard on yourself with small print? Speaking notes should be written only one side of the card/paper so they don’t become distracting to the audience if you “flip” them over. If using multiple notes for a single presentation, be sure to number them so you can easily get them in order.


          Pops Classroom makes creating speaking notes easy. Use the Automatic Speaking Note creator for short, concise notes. You may also use Pops Classroom during your speech to view your speaking notes and keep track of your time.

Review Questions

1) Why should you not write your speaking notes on each side of a piece of paper? 

2) What two parts of the speech should you include on your speaking notes? 

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