The design team at FormSet knows its way around hardsets and staging, but we leave prop work to the professionals.
The better engage audience members, many speakers rely on the use of props. From Steve Jobs to Gallagher, props can push a stage presentation to the next level. However, there’s a fine line between what constitutes the good use of props and the bad use of props, and Manner of Speaking highlights a few things to remember.
- Make it relevant
The golden rule of using props during a presentation is ensuring it’s pertinent to the overarching message. If the prop used doesn’t – in even the loosest way – contribute to the presentation’s objective, you should avoid using it.
- Use the right amount
Take a page from Goldilocks’ playbook on this one. Too many props and you’ll overwhelm an audience, too few and you’ll leave them wanting more. Depending on how much time you have, the nature of the props, and if they’re related to one another, you need to find the right number of props to use.
- Double check the functionality
There’s nothing worse for a speaker and more awkward for an audience than non-functioning props. If you build anticipation for a prop, and it ends up malfunctioning, you’re setting yourself up for a very uncomfortable situation.Check out this terribly awkward Microsoft product launch and you’ll see what we mean.
- Have backups
With the last point still fresh in your mind, if your entire presentation hinges on the use of a prop – such as a product launch – make sure you have backups. Ensure backup props are within reach so you can seamlessly swap it out and continue a successful presentation.
Every presentation – props or not – need a killer stage setup to wow audience members. Whether it’s acrylic or aluminum stage decks or a complementary hardset, the design team at FormSet is standing by to make your speaker looking great on stage.