It goes without saying that cue cards have a massive effect on speeches. They give you the advantage of summing up paragraphs, give you the freedom to look around, respond and gesture: you will look and feel more present and less like a robot.
Once you have mastered using cue cards, your speech will become almost spontaneous, something the audience will appreciate. There are probably some of you out there finding it extremely difficult transcribing a whole 2 -3 A4 page speech onto few cue cards. Take it slowly, and you will find the cue cards produced you will be delighted with.
How to make the cue cards
Firstly, when writing your cue cards out, I would reccomend easy to read colours such as black or blue and write on cards about 1.5 times bigger than a standard playing card.
The best cue cards have:
- One main header or sentence at the top - This could be a topic sentence to introduce a new paragraph or just a sentence difficult to remember and worth saying.
- Plenty of white space around words - If its difficult to read, you may stutter more and won't be as 'flowing'. Don't over pack your cue cards with information
- Have bullet points under header at the top - You will want sub headings to go into more depth and then facts and figures you want to mention. For example:
- Sub-heading - Footballer's wages are making footballer's corrupt
- Facts or figures - Average premier league wage is £676,000 and John Terry had affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.
- Clearly labelled in order - Don't get muddled up with your cue cards. The best way is to number them on the back so you can never get confused from messing them up.