58 Presentation Aids: Activities and Resources

Lynn Meade


There are so many helpful videos and activities that I want to share with you so I decided to create this overflow section.  Whether you are a student wanting to know more, a business person looking for insights, or a teacher looking for classroom ideas, these extra activities and resources are here for you.

Tay, D. (2016). 2016 World Champion of Public Speaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v26CcifgEq4 Standard YouTube License

Tay, D. (2017). My stage prop at the World Championship of Public Speaking Explained. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVNQI04KLc0 Standard YouTube License.

Video That Shows a Speaker Using Props

Watch this speech as Jordyn Allen adds, takes away, moves, and manipulates her chart.

Allen, J. (2017). Nationals 2017-Jordyn Allen “The Birds and the Weaves” -Informative Speaking. https://youtu.be/pRNa6d9NP_E

Using a Variety of Props to Make a Point

When possible, keep props out of sight until it is time to use them, and then put them away when you are done. One of the best examples of this comes from Randy Pausch, in a one-hour 15-minute lecture, he pulls out numerous props.

Time to watch: 13:18-14:16 Watch as he tells about learning leadership from Captian Kirk and brings out his Star Trek gadget

Time to watch: 52:00–53:00 Watch as he talks about his vision for creating a computer program called Alice and brings out the MadHatter hat.

Pausch, R. (2007). Last lecture: Achieving your childhood dreams. Carnegie Mellon University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

Using Props to Solidify the Point

Bill Gates releases mosquitos as he talks to prove this his audience that this is a pressing issue. He creates a sense of discomfort in his audience to prove the points.

Time to watch: 5:00-5:35

Gates, B. (2013). Mosquitos, malaria, and education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLkbWUNQbgk Standard YouTube License.

Politician Using Props

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaks during the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. He uses posters to help his audience see his point.

Time to watch: 6:00- 6:30

Whitehouse, S. (2020). Senator Shelton Whitehouse speaks during a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. https://youtu.be/cjcXVKg43qY

Use Your Clothing as the Prop

Watch from the beginning to 1:30 as Cameron Russell clothes to prove a point.

Russell, C. (2012). Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. Ted talk https://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_russell_looks_aren_t_everything_believe_me_i_m_a_model?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Use Props to Illustrate and Anchor Important Ideas

Watch as a motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar teaching his audience how to prime a pump and how they can use that information to push themselves to succeed.

Ziglar, Z. Prime the Pump https://youtu.be/DdHAMjA1lMw

Godin, S. (2015), Seth Godin: Quieting the lizard brain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtZfTpV4KPE



Toastmasters. (2017). Toastmasters Tips- Visual Aids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2of4_ZnqS8&feature=youtu.be

Data Visualization

Collie, M. M. (2021). Minnesota’s Covid-19 Deaths Visualized. https://matthewcollie.com/2021/02/mn-covid-19-deaths/?fbclid=IwAR3ciThLX-SkNCME8iy2lNU5KnggJ9rMM6nGxc8MMIsafGdnWkauNE8uCg4



Scott, T. (2020). A million dollars vs a billion dollars visualized: A road trip. https://youtu.be/8YUWDrLazCg




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