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"All those iconic presenters of today were a shy little kid back then." -- Aayush Jain
Even the highly-visible and prolific speakers of our world rely on both support and practice in delivering their speeches. Using notecards are a valuable means of support while giving a speech. Notecards allow for gesturing, responses, free movement, and more eye contact as opposed to being encumbered by a full script. It also functions as a valuable safety net to keep the speaker on track all the while. Practicing with notecards and keeping the amount of them used low can make the speech even more effective and make you more comfortable in your delivery. But remember, the notecards should become an extension of your body, not something to fidget with during the speech.
Jon Stewart is a former television host, actor, director, writer, comedian, critic, and producer; an all-around modern day Renaissance man. As the former host of Comedy Central’s satirical news program, The Daily Show, Jon Stewart spoke in front of a live studio audience and was then broadcast out to millions of homes for sixteen years. Even as a skilled public speaker, Jon Stewart still uses notecards during this speech for the start of the Warrior Games. Even after years and years of practice, the pros may still need the same support tools to practice their craft.