Prepare note cards While note cards can help keep you on track, you should know your presentation well enough that you don’t need to look at your note cards very often. Write key words and phrases large enough so that a quick glance will provide you with the memory cue you need. Practice, practice, practice The more you practice, the better your delivery will be. Here’s how to get the most out of your practice time. u Once you can deliver the content without any major errors, improve your delivery by adding inflection, enthusiasm, and hand gestures. u Practice your presentation in front of a mirror, imagining the audience in front of you. u Give your presentation to family or friends. Ask them to give you feedback on content, pace, tone, etc. u Record or videotape your presentation. Look for ways to improve it, and then record it again. u Practice talking slowly, speaking clearly, and putting pauses between ideas and sections. Time your presentation to make sure it’s the correct length. u To help you get off to a good start, memorize the first few lines of your presentation word for word.