Should you use notes when giving a speech?

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By Bob Ferguson, Toastmasters International

article01It’s an on-going debate: should you use notes when speaking or not?

Those who aspire to the status of top keynote speakers say notes should not be used as it’s unprofessional, but many argue the case for having prompts or an aide memoir available. However the reality is – it all depends on WHY you are giving the speech in the first place.

At one end of the spectrum there are business speakers. At the other there are the professional speakers...

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