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Oral Presentations: Making Effective Visual Aids

  • Use visual aids (text, graphs, charts, tables, illustrations, etc.) to clarify your presentation, not as a basis for it.
  • Keep visual aids uncluttered. Research shows that people cannot listen to a presentation and process visual aids that are too heavy with text or data.

  1. a. use bulleted text
  2. b. use simple layout/design
  3. c. keep graphs, charts, and tables easy to “read” and interpret
  • Use titles on each visual aid to guide the audience.
  • Make sure that the font size is legible from all seats.
  • Have paper copies of slides or transparencies to distribute in the event of a technical difficulty.
  • Make sure that every slide or transparency can stand on its own (i.e., out of context with the other slides/transparencies and the presentation itself).