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1 The Do’s And DON’TS OF VISUAL AIDS

2 Two Main Purposes of Visual Aids 1.To enhance presentation 2.See #1

3 PowerPoints are Overdone Follow these tips if you’re going to do them

4 Type Readable and consistent Notice how distracting this font can be Or this Use a heading on each slide – Main Points (see above) Write phrases – not complete sentences AVOID speling, gramaticle mistaks

5 Background Keep it consistent on all slides

6 Like This Clean and simple is good

7 Avoid distracting backgrounds Notice where your eye first goes on this slide Notice where your eye first goes on this slide

8 Use white space around items Keep it on the outside Add some color to slides – but be careful Avoid annoying effects – USE SPARINGLY

9 Use Visuals to Enhance and Explain What the heck is that? You’re thinking Let me explain

10 Charts, Graphs & Pictures Can be very helpful to show figures etc. Pictures are also very good to illustrate a concept

11 Last but not Least - PRACTICE Prepare your visual aid(s) in advance Practice using them in speech

12 Oral Citations Should include basic MLA information:  Author (if possible) or Title  Type of source: URL if website  Date of publication or access For example: “According to which I accessed on May 7, www.eresource.com Or: “In a personal interview with Keith Vencel on May 7, 2008, he stated...

13 Pre-Speech Tricks Visualize EVERYTHING you will do. Concentrate on tense part – tense even more – then relax Make funny faces (not in public) Focus on pleasant memories: beach, girlfriend/boyfriend etc. Rational approach: think of something really frightening, compare. Think of all your practice.

14 During Speech Keep handkerchief for sweat (no tissues!) Quavering voice: lower pitch, breathe deeply speak distinctly and slowly Trembling hands: use body movement to dissipate energy. Move hands for emphasis. Pounding heart: No one knows Fumbled words: Expect them. Minor, keep going – major, fix it and acknowledge it with smile. Forgetfulness: GOOD NOTECARDS

15 Good Note cards Contain signposts – reminders of main points (transfer from outline) Large text - numbered Opening, oral citations and closing can be written out – but DON’T READ Put heading on back


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