Definition: Speaker notes
(PowerPoint 2003 and earlier), or notes pages
(PowerPoint 2010/2007) are notes added to the presentation slides as a reference for the presenter
. An area of a PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress slide that is hidden during the presentation is reserved for notes for the speaker. Here the presenter will jot important key points that he wishes to cover during the presentation.
The speaker can print these notes out, accompanied by a thumbnail version of the appropriate slide, to keep as a handy reference to use when he is making his oral presentation.
While the presentation was showing on the screen, Mary could view her speaker notes on the podium. These notes included a picture of the slide on the screen for easy reference.