4 reasons to never use index cards during a speech

By Mary Schrack

I’ve always been told that index cards are the best way to display my notes when I’m giving a presentation. They’re small, easy to create and each card can correspond to a particular point or slide in my presentation. They’re perfect for that purpose, right? Wrong. Actually, a single 8×11 in. sheet of typed notes does the trick much better.

Here are four reasons why you should ditch the index cards during your next presentation. You will:

  1. Present information like a map on a sheet of paper. That is easier to follow than several cards, which can get out of order, causing you to lose your place.
  2. Improve readability. A typed font is much easier to read than handwriting, especially if your handwriting is poor. Plus, you can make the print larger than you can on a small index card. You won’t have to squint or raise the paper to your face to see what you wrote.
  3. Streamline your presentation. Using index cards, you risk going into too much detail. With limited space on one 8×11 in. sheet of paper, you will focus on the key points of your speech, making it more concise, directed—and powerful.
  4. Free your hands. You can position your notes in front of you and glance down occasionally to reference your notes. On the other hand, if you use index cards, the constant shuffling can be distracting to the audience.

Still believe in using index cards during your presentations? Tell us why! 

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