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Sometimes the Best Prop is – None!

Updated: May 6


Props, as I’ve stated before, can be a great addition to a speech.

If I were to take a coffee cup, and put it on a lectern, and say, “I’m going to speak about coffee today,” your eyes would look at the cup, hear my words, and wait for the next verbiage.

But if I said, “Picture you favorite coffee cup,” your mind starts working and making associations with all the coffee cups you have at home and work.

Maybe your favorite is the one your little child made in ceramics class; or maybe it’s the one co-workers gave you last holiday season.

In either case, what I’ve done with this ‘prop’ is to personalize it and nothing can replace what your “Mind’s Eye” can see.

Each person will “see” a different cup with a unique story.

That is powerful!


Pausing is a key component of presenting.

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