He gives three suggestions for eliminating or cutting down on the notes you rely on while speaking:
- Key Word Notes: After you’ve outlined your speech and rehearsed it, distill it down to a few — no more than six or seven — key words or short phrases. Write out the words on a single piece of paper (just one side) or on a note card.
- Questions: Create your speech as if you’re answering a succession of questions. Imagine the audience asking the first question, which you’re then happy to answer. Your answer naturally leads them to ask another question, which you answer. And so on. (I love this technique.)
- Props: Use a prop for each main point. The prop is your cue. As you pick it up or demonstrate it, you’ll remember what you want to say.
Here’s an example from a Toastmasters speech contest, which I found on Ian Griffin’s blog, of a great use of a prop: