2 Advantages of Using Visual Aids Clarity - By using visual aids in your speeches, you often will make it easer for listeners to understand exactly what you are trying to communicate. Interest - The interest generated by visual images is so strong that visual aids are not used routinely in many areas, not just speechmaking.Retention -Visual images stay with us longer than verbal ones. We’ve all hard that words can “go in one ear and out the other.” Visual images tend to last.Stage Fright Reduction – Visual aids heighten audience interest, shift attention away from the speaker, and give the speaker greater confidence in the speech as a whole.
3 Kinds of Visual Aids Objects – Clothing samples Models – The Collosseum in RomePhotographs – Printed photos of family or a news event Drawings – Sketches of natureGraphs – Results of a surveyCharts – Historical trendsVideo Clips – YouTubePowerPoint PresentationsPrezis
4 Guidelines for Preparing Visual Aids Prepare visual aids in advance.Keep visual aids simple.Make sure visual aids are large enough.Use fonts that are easy to read.
5 Guidelines for Using Visual Aids Display aids only when discussing them.With a Power Point or Prezi, have a blank slide you can go to when the visual isn’t needed.Display aids where everyone can see them.Talk to your audience, not your visual aid.Explain visual aids clearly and concisely.Practice with your visual aids.
7 Visually Make sure the text is large enough to see When you put information in a small font, it’s really hard to read at the back of the class
8 Visually Use colors that are visible – not blinding Text in colors like yellow and orange are hard to readIt can also depend on your backgroundPlz spell stuph correctly. If your not shure, ask. Proofread.
9 Visually Plan your transitions (by click or timing) Do you want all the information at once?Do you want to time your fade ins or have them come in by click?
10 VisuallyDon’t put too much text on a page. People can read faster then you can talk. Already you are ahead of my speaking and are probably not listening to what I am saying. You also want to say MORE then what is one the screen. We all know how to read. Your presentation is going to give us more information then what we can read. Just put your main points up on the screen. Elaborate on them in your speech. If you put up every word, it gets boring for your audience and gives them no reason to listen to you. As teachers, we have trained you to need everything on the screen. In college, you are going to need to learn how to add the discussion your professor has to your notes. Bullets are better. Also, more words on the screen = less eye contact.
12 Organization Always have an introduction to your topic. Something other than “We chose Australia.”You do not need to introduce your group. We know you.Always have a closing/conclusion – Review your main ideas.Something other than “That’s it” or “We’re done.”
13 ImagesYou may want to just have images on the screen (no words). Make sure they are large enough and work on the screen.Think about blank slides for when you don’t have an appropriate image (to keep the audience’s attention on your speech).
14 Be Prepared (in the real world) OverheadsPaper CopiesVerbal Only
15 Have Fun Try new things (Do you want to work in a video?) Stay professional
16 TransferenceUse these ideas in all presentations you do. All your teachers and professors will appreciate it
17 A blank slide at the end is nice – keeps focus on the conclusion