How and why you should use notes in your presentation

Pop culture might suggest that referring to notes while speaking makes you look unprepared, but it’s better than spewing blather or getting off topic. Here’s how to consult them with style.

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When Spike Lee picked up his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film “BlacKkKlansman,” it didn’t take long for Donald Trump to express his anger at his speech.

The president lashed out on Twitter, at what he perceived to be a ‘racist hit’, but he also criticized the filmmaker for his use of notes during his speech:

Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019

In this instance at least, the president is wrong. There is nothing wrong with using notes when giving a presentation or speech.

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