Using a prop* during a presentation is a powerful tool in order to make your message stick. Not only does it entertain, but most importantly, it allows the audience to visualize what you talk about, rather than only hearing it.
Here are three quick tips on how you can use props effectively during presentations.
1.Choose an appropriate prop. One that truly supports your key take-away message.
Example: Steve Jobs uses an envelope to prove that the MacBook Air is the thinnest laptop. This instance proves it without a doubt.
2.Pick the right moment to reveal it. Keeping the prop hidden and only revealing it at a chosen moment during the presentation adds an element of excitement to the speech.
Example: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver uses a wheelbarrow full of sugar cubes to support his point. 13 minutes after the start of the speech. This is a great way to revive the audience halfway through the presentation.
3.Practice with the object. When presenting with a supporting object, there is no room for improvisation. It is essential to rehearse your presentation with it so that you are perfectly comfortable with it.
Example: Professor Chris Bishop’s performs a potentially dangerous demonstration, which he has fortunately practiced for.
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*Definition from the New Oxford American Dictionary: Prop |präp| noun (usu. props) A portable object other than furniture or costumes, used on the set of a play or movie. ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: abbreviation of property.
Photo/Video Credits: Steve Jobs (MacWorld Expo 2008) , Jamie Oliver (TED Prize Wish 2010), Chris Bishop (Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2008)