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Visual aids

Visual aids can add another dimension to an oral presentation and strengthen the listeners' comprehension.

Make your talk interesting by using visuals:

  • Pictures
  • Diagrams
  • Charts
  • Graphs.

When you prepare visual aids:

  • they must be visible and positioned in plain sight
  • they should be colourful
  • graphics should be self explanatory
  • they should add to the audience's understanding.

Using PowerPoint and overheads (Hint: not death by Power Point!!)

  • Use large text - at least 32 point
  • Use Power Point only every 2-3 minutes
  • Avoid using flashy animations and sound effects


Notice how Christine:

  • varies her voice for emphasis
  • uses facial expressions to involve the audience
  • uses gestures and movements to add to the meaning of her talk
  • uses eye contact to keep the audience interested
  • uses visual aids to add to her talk.




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