Unfortunately, it is easy for notes to become a crutch for the speaker and a distraction for the audience. Following are some tips to creating effective notes and using them properly:

— Use multiple colors – this will make it easier to find the next point to present
— Print or type with large fonts
— Write key words only
— Set the notes down (where they are accessible but not overly so)
— Pause when glancing at notes – avoid talking when referring to them
— Glance at notes only as a final resort

Be cool, calm and collected!