Visual aids are like road signs. They clarify your point and improve learning and retention amongst your audience.
Both slide-based and external tools add depth to your speech. When you use suitable visual materials, the credibility of your presentation increases by 43%.
Employ one of these nine resources to support your idea or message.
They represent real objects and processes. Illustrations come in many forms including infographics, images, graphic charts, maps and diagrams. You can distill complex data or technical details into easy-to-understand info chunks.
Audio and video
Certain presentations benefit from audio-visuals. From a filmed activity or interview to voiceover, you can use recordings to build an emotional connection with your audience, increase awareness or teach them something.
Flip charts are images or visuals on multiple pages or layered slides which are then revealed in sequence. This tool is useful for office presentations – sales, marketing or learning sessions.
Most presenters provide additional information as handouts at the session’s end. But handing out notes before the presentation helps listeners grasp information on the slides, particularly during business pitches and training sessions.
Mounted poster boards are useful in speeches when you want to present a series of small visuals. You keep part of the board blank in an interactive presentation. This helps your audience brainstorm ideas and helps you showcase your message with examples.
Speakers sometimes use a unique prop – themselves, team member or volunteer from audience – to explain an activity or product use. For example, a volunteer can show you how to wear or use equipment for a fire-safety presentation.
Models and objects
While objects are physical items, models are their replica or miniature versions. These prototypes provide tangible proof of your product or idea, and help audience better understand the concept.
These tools help you demonstrate a point or provide shock value to your presentation. They range from artefacts that can be passed around like a smartwatch or large props on stage that supplement learning.
White and black boards
These are useful in technical, scientific, learning or interactive presentations. Jot down the sequence of processes, routines, experiments, or ideas as an explanation. Clarify key points from a particular slide or provide references to serve as a quick recap or summary.
Which of these visual tools do you regularly use? What presentation aids are you planning to add next?