- Mar 09, 2018
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Using Visual Aids for Presentations: What you should know
Using Visual Aids for Presentations: What you should know
- There should be adequate planning and rehearsals about using the visual aids.
- The necessity of the visual aid should be verified before implementing it in presentations.
- What will be presented will be used to determine which aid to use.
- Proper design should be done on slide to illustrate the message.
- Appropriate colours should be used in slides. At most 3.
- Margins should be properly used on slide especially for memos and accounts.
- Slides’ information should be readable to audience.
- The presenter should appear professional.
- Clip art should be used to analyze certain scenarios.
- Useless motion and animation effects should be avoided as it could be a distraction.
- Templates should be used to make the slides look more professional.
- Presenter should speak to the audience and not the visual aid.
- The slide should be transition effortless in order not to cause a distraction.
- Presenter should delegate a particular time to explaining each slide.
- The slides should be properly structured.
- The latest slide should consist of the summary of the presentation.
- Appropriate and uncommon pictures should be used for illustration.
A white board is a glossy white surface board for non-permanent markings. It is also called marker board, dry-wipe board, pen-board and misnomer grease board. White board allow rapid marking and erasing of marking on their surface. They are used as visual aids in presentations and lectures.
A flip chart is a stationary item that looks like a white board. It is typically supported on the tripod or four legged easel. A pad of paper sheets is typically fixed to the upper edge. This chart is used for presentations.
Flip charts come in different forms. These include stand alone forms, metallic tripod or easel; stand and metallic mount on wheels. Flip charts are used in any type of presentation where the paper pads are pre-filled with information on a given topic. It is used to capture informal meetings and brainstorming sessions. It is used to record relevant information in manufacturing plants. It is used for teaching.
A build-up visual is a construction that illustrates the message of a presenter in a more comprehendible way. It is an integration of different sectors of a message in a visual form. It is used mainly in engineering and architectural presentation.
These are objects that are acquired and used during the presentation to properly analyze its effects and influence with regards to the presentation. This includes using objects like a ball and a balloon to analyze the influence of gravity over objects.
MODELS AND EXPERIMENTS
A model is a preliminary solid representation of an environment being illustrated by a presenter. Models are used by architects and artists. They are used to analyze and view what a finished product or project will look like. Models give the audience a clear representation of what the speaker is trying to say. Experiments are things done to test a theory or discover unknown things. Experiments could be used to analyze a particular effect or consequence while giving a presentation.
This is a variant of slide projector that is used to display images to an audience. It consists of a white box containing a very bright lamp and a fan to cool it. It uses an extremely high halogen lamp to produce a fairly dim yellow image. Overhead projectors are used for visual assistance and presentation in meeting, seminars and lectures. They are used in large meetings.
A data projector is a device that projects computer output onto a white or silver fabric screen. It is mounted on the wall, ceiling or a tripod stand. It is used in large auditoriums for instruction and slide presentation.
The data projector has a visual graphic adapter socket for computer screen input at resolutions such as 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 1024. Some projectors support all the analogue and digital television interfaces.
A slide projector is an auto-mechanical device used to view photographic slides. It is used for presentations in large and small groups.
A video is an integration of motion picture and audio data. It is used as a visual aid in presentations. A video can be used to depict the super features of a new car in a car marketing company. It could be used to enlighten the audience on the value of their product and how confident they should be in marketing it.
CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION AND VIDEO
Closed-circuit television is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place on a limited set of monitors. The signals are not openly transmitted unlike a broadcasting television. It can be transmitted from point to point, point to multiple points or mesh wireless links. It is used for surveillance in banks, airports, military installations and grocery stores.
This can be used as visual aid during training or presentation in law enforcement establishments like investigation bureaus, and immigration offices.
POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT VISUAL AIDS
- Make only one point with each visual.
- Give each visual a title that makes a point
- Limit the amount of information on a visual
- Don’t put up the visual until it is time to talk about it
- Use simple animation schemes such as, fades, zooms and wipes to control information displayed in a way that supports the main points.
- The presenter should not obstruct the view of the audience.
A presenter needs to be computer literate to operate visual aids successfully.
Understanding the use of the visual aids will help to keep the audience in touch with the presentation.
Attending meetings and seminars where visual aids are used will help a presenter get oriented about using it.
The information should be well reviewed before integrated on a visual aid. This is because a slight mistake can change the message and frustrate the presenter making him or her to lose focus.