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Public Speaking - Creative Visuals the Old-School
Before speakers used PowerPoint,
there were overhead projectors,
flip charts, handouts and white
boards. Before that, there were
slide projectors and movie
projectors. Sometimes people
Before that, there
were chalkboards and before
that, well, there were just
speakers! And believe it or not,
speakers were plenty effective,
even without visuals.
There’s no doubt that visuals
provide additional benefits to a
presentation. According to
“Public Speaking: An
Audience-Centered Approach” by
Steven A. Beebe and Susan J.
Beebe, presentation aids
“enhance memory,” “help
listeners organize ideas,” “help
gain and maintain attention,”
and “help illustrate a sequence
of events or procedures.”
Read on for tips on effective
and creative visual aids the
low-tech, old-fashioned way.
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-- Imagine yourself, walking confidently to
the lectern or the stage, or to the head of the conference
--Imagine presenting the material
that will make the audience nod, smile,
- Imagine knowing that they have absorbed
your message, that they are impressed with you.
--Imagine the confidence you can generate by
being able to present, successfully, with style.
Designing Effective Slides Using PowerPoint
Used wisely, PowerPoint® and
similar programs can be an effective tool to help audiences remember your
message, while allowing you to prove, reinforce, and support your claims.
Used unwisely, PowerPoint becomes a
distraction that upstages the presenter and buries the message. With its
tumbling, whooshing, flying, singing and screeching graphics, PowerPoint can
take on a life of its own.
All these bells and whistles can
disconnect the slides from the presenter and destroy the reason for using them
in the first place--to provide an audience with at-a-glance comprehension to
support the presentation.
To be a person is to have a story to tell.
11 Tips for Using Flip Charts More
While everyone seems to be interested in
creating high-tech computer generated
presentations, the flip chart still
continues to be the most effective
presentation media of all. One should
not assume that investing a lot of money
in high tech visual aids & equipment
will "make" your presentation. The best
visuals have been and still are the
simplest. Remember, the purpose of using
visual aids is to enhance your
presentation, not upstage it.
Since most presentations are delivered
before small groups of 35 people or
less, the flip chart is the perfect
size. I feel the flip chart will
continue to be the workhorse of most
There are several advantages of using a
flip chart. Here are just a few:
How to Write
a Great Speech
Using humor images and cartoons in
Have you talked in front of many
people? Have you wondered what
to do in order to get your ideas
Any public speaker who has faced
a crowd of listeners knows that
humor has a great effect and
brings out a point like nothing
else. I have talked to many
presenters and all of them say
they have a number of jokes up
their sleeve, as well as visual
gags -- CARTOONS.
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Even the best messages can be ruined by a bad presentation. To
get your information across effectively and to generate the right response from
your audience, you need to know how to use audiovisual technology to your
Interested in how to improve your presentation? Read on for some audiovisual
presentation dos and don’ts.