David showed me the cue cards that he was going to use, and I instantly recalled countless discussions between speakers who were both for and against using them. There are obvious advantages to using them, but I also vividly recall seeing a similarly inexperienced speaker once being so nervous that she dropped them all on the stage. Unfortunately they weren't numbered or held together in any way... You can imagine the embarrassment.
As it turned out, David's presentation was superb and interestingly he barely referred to his cards throughout his presentation, with them acting as more of a 'crutch' to make him 'feel' more comfortable. He confided later that he also had a full printed text of his speech tucked away in his pocket "just in case".
Cue cards - useful for people learning their speaking craft - or a bad habit to get into? What is your view?
By Philip Calvert