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The delivery of your talk can make or break your conversion ratios.  I don’t know about you, but I have sat through enough boring talks in my day.  My goal is to help audiences by helping speakers spice up their talk.     

Learning how to use props or visual aids effectively and appropriately is one of the best ways to entertain your audience and spice up your talk. They add the ‘zing’ factor for your audience, making your talk valuable and memorable.

Props provide…

Clarity

You reduce the number of words you have to use to explain a concept or idea.

Remember that old saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’?

Now think of the work a well drawn graph or diagram does. Or what an aptly chosen photograph does to show an event. The Hurricane Katrina pictures are an effective example. Words can’t always express at the level you want to and using a prop will help them see it and in seeing it, feeling it.

Credibility

You become more believable through your audience seeing something to reinforce your words.

Another old saying says it for us like this: ‘seeing is believing’. When we add ‘showing’ to ‘telling’ effectively our credibility rating soars.

TIP: At least one time during your talk, read a quote from a card or news clipping.  It soars your credibility.  

Does that mean every talk needs props to make it more effective?

The short answer is, no.

The longer answer is to consider carefully the nature of the talk you’re preparing and its content.

Ask yourself: What could I show (or demonstrate) that would add value for my audience?

Obviously, your answers will vary hugely.

It takes time to prepare effective props.  So, make sure you have something in your talk that will capture the attention of your audience and bring home a point.

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