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4 rules for using props

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Props can either enhance your presentation—or distract your audience. Ensure that you are using props effectively with these tips:

  1. Keep props secret. Don’t reveal them until you are ready to use them.
  2. Don’t explain the prop. Instead, use it to illustrate a point.
  3. Choose only three or four items. Use more than that and your presentation could become cluttered and frenzied.
  4. 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.

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