You are speaking, facilitating, moderating, or MCing at a BIG event.
You are in front of dozens, hundreds, a thousand people, and you are introducing people with big names and long titles.
The lights are bright, the video camera rolling, surrounded by a buzzing room full of eager participants. Can you remember all those names, important titles, their honours and awards, and in the right sequence up there on stage?
You need some notes! But you don't want to hold those crinkly printed white papers, or a handful of index cards that might accidentally flutter down to the floor like snowflakes, mixing themselves gleefully all around your feet.
Here's an easy DIY craft for the holidays (she said only partly kidding, because when you really need them you might not have the time or patience to make them, or the right materials, so think ahead!)
You need just a few simple supplies:
- Rectangular facilitation cards in the color of your choice - maybe a different colour every day, one that matches your clothes, or the branding of the event?
- White paper to cut to size.
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
- Ring (that opens, I bought a pack of these in an office store)
- Cut the papers to size so they fit into the middle of the card and don't leave too much extra space, but a nice frame (remember people will see this in your hands).
- With the glue stick, stick the white paper on the card on one side (leave the back blank OR put your logo or the event logo on the back.) I think a plain volour back looks less fussy.
- Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner - try to put the hole in the same place for every card so they aren't uneven in your hands.
- Put the ring through. Click!
- Number the cards (still helpful so you know where you are.)
- Write your notes on one side of each of the cards.
- Feel happy that your notes look good, they won't get out of order, and you will remember everything to make things run smoothly and give you peace of mind!