Talking points and full scripts each have advantages and disadvantages. Choose between them based on how precise your words need to be and your own confidence in the subject. Leverage talking points when you’re confident and can be flexible. Use a full script when your confidence is low and precision matters.
Charlie Shimanski’s first major gathering as head of the Red Cross’s Disaster Response organization and US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the UN on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction provide opposite examples.