It can be tempting to write out your presentation in the exact words you intend to use. This is understandable, yet it’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make. By penning a script, you’re allowing no wiggle room, which can result in woodenness, lack of eye contact, reduced authenticity and even the risk of losing your place. Rather than a script, use prompts to lead you forward, such as flash cards or on-screen bullet points. Obviously you need to know what you’re talking about, but leaving space to think, breathe and respond to your surroundings will culminate in a more genuine and confident delivery.