Props are a fantastic way to make your presentation something that your audience will remember for an extended period of time. For a simple and relatively easy way to engage your listeners, props are useful tools that nearly every presenter uses. Whether you are promoting your new book and you use the novel as a prop or if you even use a stool, they are useful for delivering a message and making your presentation entertaining. Below are a few tips that you can use to your advantage when using props in presentations or on stage.
How Are Props Used?
One of the main reasons as to why presenters use props is to help enhance their presentation and guide their audience along a journey with them. People can understand aspects better if they can visualize them and with the use of props, you will be able to effectively tell a story. Not to mention that they are also extremely exciting for your audience.
What Props Should I Use?
Depending on the type of presentation that you are delivering, your use of props may change. As an example, if you are at a medical conference and talking about strokes, you may want to use a human brain. Whereas if you are at an event décor conference, using some of the products that you offer to your customers as props is a great advantage.
Tip 1: Finding Relevant Props
When you decide that you need extra materials for your presentation, you will want to find things that are relevant to the message that you are trying to convey. If the prop isn’t relevant to the message, it won’t help to make your speech more effective. Instead, it may confuse the audience or distract them from the point that you are trying to get across.
Tip 2: Letting the Audience See the Prop
Once you have found relevant props, it is now important to make sure that your audience can see them, otherwise their use is relatively pointless. It’s frustrating for audience members if they are unable to see what you are using to enhance your presentation. Therefore, try to distribute it throughout the crowd (if you can make copies) or hook up a camera and a large projector screen so the audience in the back can also see.
Tip 3: Making Sure it Works
Much like you would test your electronic equipment (computers, projector, sound system, etc.) before a presentation, make sure that your props work as well. If you don’t take the time to prepare for your presentation, you could find yourself scrambling at the last minute which is distracting, time consuming, and relatively unprofessional.