1. Practice, practice, practice. Get as comfortable with a tablet as you are with note cards or paper.
2. Learn to stop the rotation, hold the page, increase or decrease the font size, set the screen saver, and much more. Also find a pdf reader or other notes app that you're comfortable using. Make sure the settings won't betray you in front of a crowd.
3. Learn to hold it well. Get a partial cover with gripping back so it says in your hand. Learn where the buttons and the on-screen navigation tools are so you don't hit them by mistake.
4. Learn to keep eye contact with the audience. Don't let a tablet pin you to the lectern or keep your eyes away from the audience.
Your goal should be to make the tablet invisible. If the audience becomes fixated on your poor handling of the device, that means they're not paying attention to you or your message.
A tablet can be a powerful tool for speakers, so learn to use it well.
Do you have any other suggestions that have worked for you?
Phil Cooke is a filmmaker, media strategist and the author of One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do. Find out more at philcooke.com.
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