Flying Solo Banner

Monday, 03 April 2017 00:59

How can I use a phone in a speech without looking odd?

Written by

A speaker can glance at note cards, but when they glance at notes typed on their phone, it looks odd. It naturally gives the audience the sense that someone is checking their phone, not checking their notes. How can this be remedied? (When there is no podium or way to hide the phone.)


Unless you are delivering a speech about how you can deliver a speech by using a phone, I wouldn’t.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should.

The biggest problem from my perspective is that you would be spending more time looking at your phone then you would be at the audience. This would prevent you from engaging with your audience.

I have seen speakers use their smart phones and/or tablets for their speaking notes. I didn’t find them to be effective speakers. They always seem to be frustrated with the technology. It can be easy to manipulate the small screens when calm, cool and collected but when under the audience’s scrutiny when you are public speaking, it can be a different story. Technology can go wonky.

Note cards with headlines to jog your memory are still in fashion and quite acceptable. A Powerpoint presentation can be helpful to remind you of your lines to deliver.

And if you happen to have your phone in your pocket when you are delivering your presentation, make sure you turn it off. Its bad enough when an audience member’s phone goes off but it is really embarrassing when it is your own. I have experienced it a couple times.

Originally answered on

Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANEI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 20+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic. He is a long-time member of Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and is the driving force behind its long-term success. 

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.

Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books:

Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!

PROtect Yourself!PROtect Yourself! Empowering Tips & Techniques for Personal Safety: A Practical Violence Prevention Manual for Healthcare Workers.

E=Emcee SquaredE=Emcee SquaredTips & Techniques to Becoming a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth


Phone Rae 250-451-6564 or

Rae’s social … are you?


Linkedin? Rae is

Copyright 2015 & 2016 Rae Stonehouse. The above document may be freely copied and distributed as long as the author’s name and contact info remain attached.

To learn more about Rae A. Stonehouse, visit the Wonderful World of Rae Stonehouse at http://raestonehouse.com

From our friends & sponsors.
Click on an ad for more details.