I keep my notes in PowerPoint, and then use the feature in PowerPoint called "Use Presenter View" so that when I present, I can see my notes on the monitor, but the audience sees only the actual slides. I prefer this system because I personally keep my slides very minimalistic, but need more information than I post on the slides. Thus, I have notes to myself in front of me, without having to juggle pieces of paper (I know some people now use notes on their iPads; I don't even own one).
It's important to know that this system doesn't always go smoothly, particularly when there is a podium set up and an older version of PowerPoint. Sometimes it won't work, so you should always have printed notes, just in case.
When I practice, I like to practice in show mode, but without a projector, you can't use presenter mode, and so you can't both practice your animation, and view your presenter notes. But you can with this workaround if you have a laptop.
Win + P to bring up the box with choices about monitor (or Alt F5)
Choose "extend." You're basically tricking your computer into thinking something else is attached that is getting the show, while you get presenter view.
Great for practicing from your laptop. Alas, at work I have 1 monitor, and I cannot trick my computer into thinking I have two. But from a laptop it's super helpful.
"The post Viewing notes while practicing PowerPoint talk was first posted on Eva Lefkowitz's blog on October 8, 2014."