Visual aids are an effective way of supporting and bringing an extra to any presentation. However, they should be used moderately as too much can distract the audience from the speaker’s speech.
Visual aids can include:
- Diagrams, graphs and charts to illustrate a point being made
- PowerPoint slides which should always be short sentences or bullet points presenting the main points
- Handouts which can be passed out to the audience before or after a presentation
- Photographs or sketches to visually illustrate something or stir emotions: surprise, astonishment, laughter…
- Physical objects and props which should always be relevant and useful to the presentation