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August 11, 2010


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Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Fred,

Thanks for your comment. I can just see the change of hats as you talk about the different tasks! What a great visual.

And it's a great example of a prop that is really integrated with your message, making it very memorable for the audience, I'm sure!!


Fred E. Miller

Nice Post.

Kathy's comment about props is true. I give a speech about the 'many hats we wear' and use a different hat for each task. It's easy to know what story goes with what hat.

An alternative to using note is to use a visual Mind Map. Literally the whole speech can be on one sheet that uses visuals, colors and key words that will trigger your memory for what message you want to deliver.

More about Mind Mapping a speech here.

Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Joel,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

That's a great idea when your presentation lends itself to props. I wrote here (http://andnowpresenting.typepad.com/professionally_speaking/2010/07/using-props-in-presentations.html) about props -- I think it's a tool that most presenters absolutely under utilize. And it's a great way to jog your memory about what you want to cover.


Joel Heffner

Aside from notes, I like to use props to remind me of the next point.

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