Hard sci-fi author and worldbuilder extraordinaire Juliette Wade had this to say about preparing to read a snippet of your story.
Juliette: “Print out your reading copy and write notes if you need to about where you want to put emphasis etc. Then, after the reading you can sign it and hand it to someone.”
Setsu: “That reminds me of a drummer throwing his sticks into the crowd.”
Juliette: “Only cooler.”