- Use visual aids (text, graphs, charts, tables, illustrations, etc.) to clarify your presentation, not as a basis for it.
- Keep visual aids uncluttered. Research shows that people cannot listen to a presentation and process visual aids that are too heavy with text or data.
- a. use bulleted text
- b. use simple layout/design
- c. keep graphs, charts, and tables easy to “read” and interpret
- Use titles on each visual aid to guide the audience.
- Make sure that the font size is legible from all seats.
- Have paper copies of slides or transparencies to distribute in the event of a technical difficulty.
- Make sure that every slide or transparency can stand on its own (i.e., out of context with the other slides/transparencies and the presentation itself).
Making Effective Visual Aids