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8 tips for your speaker cue cards

You’re about to present. Some of us like it. Some of us can’t sleep anymore. Speaker cue cards are there to give you support and trust throughout your presentation. From TV presenters with years of experience to junior professionals that have to give their first presentation. Regardless of your experience, the following 8 tips will help all of us:

Keywords

Prevent yourself from writing down entire sentences. In essence you know what to say. Trust yourself with that. Remember that YOU are the expert on your subject.

Whitespace

Keep sufficient whitespace on your cards. It is calmer to the eye and will help you to easily browse through your keywords. Next to that it allows you to scribble down last-minute thoughts.

Speaker names

When you’re in charge of announcing or thanking speakers, then write down names. In the heat of presenting, you can easily forget the most logical things.

Speaker pictures

In line with the previous tip, you might also want to add [LinkedIn] portrait pictures of speakers. This way you won’t mix up names with people.

Slide screenshot

A tiny slide screenshot reminds you of where you are in your [PowerPoint] storyline. Plus it helps you not to forget to click through to the next slide.

Time indication

On paper a story is always shorter than when telling it out loud [!]. Write down your time slot per item in the top right corner. Nothing is as stressful as having to catch up time.

Personal presentation

Don’t hold a crumpled piece of paper, but use a carton card instead. The backside of your speaker card can carry the logo of the organisation. It’s all about that first [professional] impression!

Tablet alternative

A tablet, compared to carton speaker cue cards, can be a little challenging to hold and operate while you’re presenting. Especially when also holding a microphone. Cards are easier to hold, to store and to put aside throughout your presentation.

Important When you’re a frequent presenter, you’ll notice that you will get your own routine. And maybe one day you don’t even need your speaker cards anymore? No matter how you present; with speaker cards or not, in the end always make sure you present with soul and spirit! This is what really sticks to people’s minds!

About the author

Robert DaverschotChairman | Moderator | Sidekick

Robert is a professional moderator, dialogue facilitator and sidekick and works both independently and on behalf of Sendsteps audience response system. Robert has years of experience at home and abroad and has interviewed, ministers, captains of industry as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his dealings with the audience, he always uses Sendsteps. With Sendsteps an audience is able to voice their opinions, whereby attendees can cast votes or send in open comments and questions to the speakers and panels on stage. As such events turn into 2.0 experiences with everyone being able to speak up!