Props can either enhance your presentation—or distract your audience. Ensure that you are using props effectively with these tips:
- Keep props secret. Don’t reveal them until you are ready to use them.
- Don’t explain the prop. Instead, use it to illustrate a point.
- Choose only three or four items. Use more than that and your presentation could become cluttered and frenzied.
- Put it away. When you’re finished with the prop, remove it and put the focus completely back on you.
— Adapted from “Ten Tips for Using Props in a Presentation,” John Zimmer, www.mannerofspeaking.org.