Visual Aids for Presentations Two main types Overhead Projector Presentation software
Features of both OHP Simple and robust Widely available Presentation software Less widely available – needs a computer Flexible Easy to change or tailor presentation to different audiences
Features Face the audience and display material Easy and Quick to prepare Can use slides as notes.
Planning Aims of presentation Information to be included Layout of slides Keep your audience in mind Timing/number of slides. Aim for 2 - 5 min. per slide
Content Slides are best used for Highlighting key points as single words or short phrases Illustrating material in the form of charts or diagrams eg. drawings of equipment, organisation charts or spider diagrams Summarising numeric data (in graphical form)
Design Title page: Title slightly above centre Make quick and easy to read Use large lettering (20 point minimum) 8 words/line, 8 lines maximum per slide Keep diagrams clear, large and simple Use colour for highlighting Even if using OHP, use PowerPoint to create slides Default fonts are of a good size.
The presentation Check the equipment beforehand Face your audience Use a pen or mouse to point Stand where the audience can see the screen
Some things to avoid Using more than four colours Using more than two typefaces Slides full of text (especially with small lettering) complex diagrams
Acknowledgement Based on “A guide to the use of the overhead projector” by Gareth Jones of ASDU, University of Teesside