1. Write Your Script For Speaking, Not Reading
Reading a text and listening to someone speak are two very different ways to absorb information. Speech tends to be much less formal than the written word, so unless you’re going for irony at a robotics conference, you’ll need to use more colloquial* language. A simple but very noticeable way to do this is to use contractions. For instance, swapping out “I am” for “I’m” and “Have not” for “Haven’t” will make your speech seem more natural and fluid.
(*Colloquialism can be taken to a cringe-worthy extreme. For illustration, watch any Trump speech, ever.)
2. Make Sure Your Script Is Easy To Read.
This may sound counterintuitive, given the last tip, but let me clarify. The first tip was in reference to how the audience will receive your speech. Here, I mean that you should format your script in a way that will make it easy for you to read as you’re delivering it. While putting your speech in all-caps will make it appear bigger on screen, this makes it much harder to distinguish between sentences. Sticking to normal capitalization rules is much better. Additionally, putting extra space between sections distinguishes your points and helps you transition smoothly between topics.