3 Smart Ways to Use Visual Aids

What makes a presentation great? It helps if you’re a strong, confident speaker, but your visuals can go a long way toward delivering your point in a compelling way.

Prior to delivering a presentation with visuals, remember these three things:

  1. You are the presentation. Your visuals should complement your presentation and what you’re saying, not distract from it. Rely on clean, minimalist slides with little clutter and simple backgrounds. Don’t distract with animations, busy headers and footers and other visual debris.
  2. Be clear and concise. Remember: The fewer the words on a visual, the better. Use bullets, not paragraphs, and let the text complement and summarize your main points. They don’t have to reiterate everything you’re saying.
  3. Use images wisely. A picture is worth a thousand words, so use images sparingly to replace full slides of text. However, stay away from complex charts and diagrams which detract from, rather than add to, the clarity of your presentation.

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