Public Talking – Inventive Visuals the Previous-College Means

Earlier than audio system used PowerPoint, there have been overhead projectors, flip charts, handouts and white boards. Earlier than that, there have been slide projectors and film projectors. Typically individuals used props.

Earlier than that, there have been chalkboards and earlier than that, effectively, there have been simply audio system! And consider it or not, audio system have been loads efficient, even with out visuals.

There isn’t any doubt that visuals present further advantages to a presentation. In accordance with “Public Talking: An Viewers-Centered Method” by Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe, presentation aids

“improve understanding,” “improve reminiscence,” “assist listeners set up concepts,” “assist achieve and preserve consideration,” and “assist illustrate a sequence of occasions or procedures.”

Learn on for recommendations on efficient and inventive visible aids the low-tech, old style method.

1. Earlier than the presentation

Flip charts

Write out your flip charts upfront (until you may be writing down feedback or questions from the viewers). Depart one or two clean pages in between your ready pages, in case you wish to add one thing throughout the presentation. This additionally retains your following pages from displaying by.

Make certain your textual content is sufficiently big for everybody within the room to see – letters needs to be 2-3″ tall, relying on how huge the room is. Textual content needs to be in darkish colours so your viewers would not must pressure to see

it. Utilizing a pad with a grid and perforations ensures neat writing and tearing. And double-check your spelling earlier than placing away your flip chart!

I like utilizing the sticky flip chart paper; it is like a large Submit-it® observe that I can tear off and cling to the wall. The web page could be repositioned as mandatory, and the chart can stand by itself on a tabletop. No

want for tape or an easel.

See Garr Reynolds’ useful resource record of flip chart suggestions:

Handouts, half 1

Put together solely what is important to recap your details or give further sources, reminiscent of a replica of {a magazine} article or a listing of internet sites or books to make use of for additional analysis in your matter.

You could wish to embody a easy advertising doc, reminiscent of a brochure, however do not go overboard with advertising supplies – together with your identify and get in touch with info on the backside of your handouts needs to be sufficient. And preserve your paperwork easy and straightforward to learn; do not overwhelm your viewers with an excessive amount of studying materials.

Print handouts on coloured papers to distinguish each on your viewers and to get rid of the monotony of all-white handouts.

Indicators, posters or massive pictures

You could wish to give your viewers one thing to take a look at as they’re coming into the room and taking their seats. A poster-size {photograph} or different putting picture that pertains to your matter is a superb visible to get

everybody on the identical web page. Simply be sure that to cowl it or take it down earlier than you begin talking, so the viewers is not distracted by it.

2. In the course of the presentation


Props can add curiosity and humor to your presentation, and assist illustrate your factors, so long as you do not overuse them and also you follow earlier than your presentation.

Props could be gadgets put across the room for viewers members to make use of or take pleasure in earlier than or throughout the presentation, reminiscent of sweet, snacks, puzzles, or toys. These work greatest in interactive workshop settings,

the place you expect your viewers to be lively.

Props might help you bear in mind sure components of your presentation with out utilizing notes, reminiscent of an merchandise you choose as much as reveal a specific level. Props, as a visible cue, additionally assist your viewers bear in mind

what you talked about. For instance, one speaker, whose matter was compulsive procuring, delivered her handouts to her viewers in mini procuring baggage.

As an alternative of a pie chart, how about slicing up an actual pie? Or placed on a number of hats to indicate completely different sections of your presentation. Props do not must be sophisticated. Any prop used effectively can add a particular contact

to your presentation. Make certain the prop could be seen by everybody within the room, and do not carry it out till you are prepared to make use of it.


Is there one thing associated to your matter that you may reveal as a part of your presentation? Are you able to make an origami crane, or do a brief craft challenge, or reveal the way to re-pot a plant?

Demonstration is a superb educating device in case you are clear, concise, and provides well-organized directions.

Handouts, half 2

Save handouts until the top or, in case you want your viewers to observe alongside on a doc, solely hand out the one they want on the time they want it. Handouts are distracting and take the main focus off of the speaker, so plan rigorously when you are going to give them out.

3. After the presentation

Ideally, you will have a desk behind the room the place you’ll be able to show further handouts, books, brochures, enterprise playing cards, and different sources on your viewers. Make a vertical show board for this

desk that features pictures, maps, graphs, charts, textual content, and different visuals to seize your viewers as they stroll in and as they’re leaving the room. This can be a good strategy to show complicated info that wasn’t

applicable to go over intimately throughout the presentation.

Utilizing a wide range of visible methods helps you seize and preserve your viewers’s consideration, and it helps them retain what they study. Strive one thing new: visuals do not must be high-tech to be high-impact.

Supply by Lisa Braithwaite

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