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Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions by Ryan Avery, Jeremey Donovan

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CHAPTER 9

Designing Compelling Visual Aids

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TIP 75: Sparingly use only relevant props, and hide them when not in use.

When you read “visual aids,” the first picture that probably pops into your mind is slides containing text and images created with presentation software. Creating computer-based visual aids is an important part of the Toastmasters experience, which we will return to shortly. Though not forbidden, competitors in the World Championship of Public Speaking are actively discouraged from using slides and never have. So, we begin this chapter with best practices for using the one old-school visual aid that contestants do sparingly rely ...

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