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Lesson 10 Using Visuals in Presentations

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Guidelines for Preparing Visuals for PES Presentations - IEEE Power and Energy Society. (Last revised August 2014) (Adapted from the IEEE Regional Activities, Section/Chapter Support document “Guidelines for Preparing Effective Presentations”) All Panel session presentations must be on the PES PPT template.

Guidelines for Preparing Visuals for PES Presentations - IEEE Power and Energy Society

Well constructed visuals can make your presentation more exciting, effective and memorable. Using Visual Aids as Notes - presentation skills. 7 tips to create visual presentations. 3 Steps to Better Presentation Visuals - HBR Video. Uses of graphics and visuals. Presentation Skills Training Courses Using Visual Aids in Presenting.

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Presentation Skills Training Courses Using Visual Aids in Presenting

The presentation seminars that we provide are packed full of presentation tips and techniques that demonstrate strategies which will show delegates how to reduce nerves in presentations and to allow them to present confidently when presenting to clients or colleagues. Our presentation skills workshops are designed not just to show delegates how to make a simple presentation: they are designed to show delegates how to create a successful presentation also maximising the applications of PowerPoint to make great presentations.

Presentation training will allow delegates to build on their presenting skills; make better presentations; enjoy making presentations and teach delegates how to present successfully. The benefit of using visual aids in your presentation. Zhenhan. The Importance of Visuals. Slide showing how we take in information. Creating Effective Presentation Visuals. Connecting People With Your Message © iStockphotowingmar Learn how to create stunning visuals.

This article provides wonderful tips on how to create a great visual. Visuals enhances the understanding process of the audience, as psychologically, visuals will relay the intended message to the reader better than the wordy paragraphs. Therefore, i agree than what Yusong has interpreted. – bangwenhan123

Apple® founder Steve Jobs was known widely for his great presentations.

Creating Effective Presentation Visuals

His unveiling of the iPhone® in 2007 is considered to have been one of his best presentations ever, and, if you were one of the millions who watched it online, you'll know why. The presentation was engaging, and passionate. Power of Visuals.

The difference between the two is that the left one provides solely information while the right diagram shows a visual idea to the audience and the information too. Thus, illustrations serve an importance because they provide an understanding and convey the audience. – liyana15


It is important to convey and grasp their attention immediately. – liyana15

Effectively Communicating with Visual Aids.

The following pdf document and/or article details how exactly one uses visuals appropriately and with tact, and by extent, effectively. This is proceeding from determining if you even need them, and following so, what you want to communicate, then the means through which to achieve that, considering multiple factors. – keefeyiap

Using visual aids. For a printer-friendly PDF version of this guide, click here This guide will help you use visual aids in your oral presentations to achieve the best impact.

From this website, I have learnt that visuals are not only used to capture audiences' attention, but also can be used as summary. This will allow the audience better understand the whole picture of a presentation. What I like about this website is that they mentioned visuals can also be used as an evidence to support an argument. – cuimin

Your visual aids should be clear and concise, providing a stimulating addition to your spoken word.

Using visual aids

Other Useful Guides: Planning an effective presentation. Introduction. The Do's And Don'ts Of Using Visual Aids. While attending a technical presentation, I viewed with amazement a color slide so full of information it would have taken 10 minutes to understand it.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Using Visual Aids

I was bewildered when the speaker pulled the slide after 30 seconds and replaced it with yet another slide filled with data. I thought, "Doesn't the speaker know we can't absorb all that? He seems to know his subject; why can't he communicate it clearly? " Filling a slide with too much information is just one of the pitfalls I've seen presenters fall into over the years. Using Visuals in Your Presentation. Visuals can impact your presentation dramatically.These images, photos, objects, charts, diagrams, tables, graphs or illustrations have the potential to make or break your presentation.

Using Visuals in Your Presentation

Used sloppily, they can damage your credibility and reputation. Designed wisely, they can strengthen your verbal message and enable you to achieve your objective. Why? Because a picture really is worth a thousand words. According to research done by Professor Albert Mehrabian, a leading communications expert, we take in about 55% of visual information, versus only 7% of textual information.

Hi-Tech or Low-Tech? How to Use Visual Aids in Your Presentations: Patricia Fripp Presentation Skills Expert.

I like that she suggested sorting everything out before deciding on the placement of visuals. I feel this would give the whole presentation a smoother and more logical flow, resulting in less confusion amongst the audience so that there is a higher chance of retaining their attention. – samuelchee

The Do's of Using Visual Aids.

I learnt that visual aids are essential to presentations. Also, a visual should be aesthetically pleasing and easy to understand. It is used to support the speaker and enhance the presentation. I like this website as the tips are clear and straightforward. – hualun
This entry talks about the various things to look out for when using visual aids in your presentation. It provides the Do's of using visual aids, which can be useful tips for you when you create your presentation. It also covers some of the expectations when creating presentations. – aloysiusq

5 Reasons Why You Have to Use Visual Communication to Succeed in Pres…

I learnt that visuals is very useful in presentation. It can attract the attentions of the audiences by triggering their emotions towards the presentation so that the information would retain in their memory for a long term. Visuals can help the audiences to visualise the content so that the audience would have a better understanding of the presentation. Instead of using word, visual would be effective and powerful in conveying the information. – yusongc
I like how each slide comes with one tip along with a picture in the background. It is very appealing and very easy to understand as there is a short paragraph below explaining the main point which is the tip. A good takeaway is that visual can help audience relate to a story better. - Swee Min – cuimin

Using Visual Aids. Visual aids can powerfully help the effectiveness of a speech.

This article taught me on how to efficiently use and present a visual aid during a presentation, as well as how it would have a positive effect on the presentation as it importantly allows speaker to connect with the audience by making more eye contact and motion with them. This importantly enhance presentations. – cherrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Actually it is true that by providing visual aid can greatly improve one’s speech. For example, if you are not sure how a leopard look like and the speaker tell you that leopard have cat like face and many black spot on its yellow fur, you will have great difficulties visualize exactly how a leopard look like and a few days later, you might not be able to recall the physical appearance of a leopard. Instead if you are given image of a leopard you will find it easier to recall how a leopard look like. However visual aid should be use moderately, if visual aid is used extensively, the speech will be too simple without much meaning, on the other hand if to no visual aid is used, the speech will seem dull and boring. – hinhuat
I like the point that visuals facilitates more eye contact and motion by the speaker. Audience may waste their time on reading the words on the slide but not watching and listening on what the speaker is talking about if the slides provided are too wordy. – chongjaqi
This article provides a brief description and introduction of what is visual aids and provides some tips we can adopt during our presentation when using visual aids, with a brief elaboration. – xinyingg

Many speeches benefit from having objects, images, key quotes, or data presented in a clear and dramatic fashion.

Using Visual Aids

Visual aids vary in kind, but there are similar benefits and tips for dealing with any kind of supplementary evidence that is shown to an audience. Tips for the effective use of visual aids. “To PowerPoint or not to PowerPoint,” this is a question that all presenters must ask.

I have learn that while using visuals, we should be mindful on how we use it. On one hand, it can help to strengthen our points by giving a clearer picture about what we are presenting. However, if we choose the wrong type of visuals to illustrate our points, it would weaken our presentation. – xinyingg

Visual aids (PowerPoint, overheads, flip charts, DVDs, etc.) can add power and depth to a presentation, often boosting attention, clarity, and interest.

Tips for the effective use of visual aids

But beware, used ineffectively visual aids can weaken a presentation or, in the worst case scenario, alienate the participants. Using Visual Aids.

The article suggests rather concisely the precise form of moderation that is pertinent to effective visual presentation. Not only is this inclusive of how many elements should be applied or how, but also how they should be referred to in a physical presentation. They do mention that visual aids are supplementary, and should not occlude the text. It further provides relevant advice, such as in the case of said supplementary nature, that visuals should be briefly addressed upon observation before being shut off, as they should not take up unnecessary awareness. – keefeyiap

Effective Presentations in Engineering and Science: Guidelines and Video Examples - VISUAL AIDS. Visual aids are an important factor in a successful engineering or science presentation, and as a speaker, you should give careful consideration to your approach to visual aids.

This website provides a lot of details and I have also learnt new information such as, being generous with white space, especially between text blocks and graphic elements within the slide. I like how this website provides examples of using visuals in presentation and evaluating them. – theanjiemin
The thing I learnt from the article is visual aids are not always necessary. When you are telling your personal story or experience, blanking the screen will be better because it refocuses the attention of audience. – wongzhiyuan

Unfortunately, many presenters rely on the default settings provided by PowerPoint to create slides for their presentations.

Effective Presentations in Engineering and Science: Guidelines and Video Examples - VISUAL AIDS

Typically, this approach results in tiresome slides heavy with bulleted text and perhaps an occasional image. As a presenter, you should consider if this traditional slide design is in fact the best method for communicating scientific information. What research exists that supports the effectiveness of much bulleted text and the occasional image for the communication of scientific information? Since slides are omnipresent in technical presentations, this question deserves some consideration. Here, we strongly advocate for the use of the Assertion-Evidence slide design as a more effective alternative to the traditional bulleted text approach.

A good powerpoint presentation delivers ideas well, followed with a structured and appropriate system. For instance, choice of fonts and animations play a pivotal role in ensuring that audience is engaged and understands what the presenter in front is trying to communicate. On top of that, proper reference is also crucial as it shows the reliability and credibility of the statistics and evidence given in the slides. As most people have short attention time span, it is very important that the powerpoint contains straight-to-the-point information and illustrations. – liyana15
This entry guides the reader on how to create effective Powerpoint slides very clearly and specifically. I learnt that to create reader-friendly slides, it is better to create appropriate and pleasant colour contrast between the fonts and the backgound. This can be done so by not having 2 colours of text in each slide, in which i was not aware before. Also, I have always been thinking that the use of animations in slides were for 'decorations' to make my presentation more interesting. However, after reading this entry, I learnt that it should actually be used to emphasize on my points and to present different points on the slide. Hence, i really liked this entry as it was clearly helpful in guiding me to better prepare my Powerpoint slides. – liunianci
Visuals are, to quote the old adage, worth a thousand words. However, in a presentation, clearly what we need to convey is only what we need, and nothing exceeding that. How do we then achieve the aforementioned? The visuals should be simple, easy to understand, comforting to the eye, and interesting. In statistical information, it is advisable formal fonts are used. Visuals are, as noted above, pictorial, so brevity should be maintained. Colours would of course brighten up the image, but choose not garishly. Overall, take care to make images that convey things words may not simply, or otherwise use them merely to liven up yours slides. Motion and colour and any varied form is general a critical element of life in what would otherwise be, as this comment sufficiently demonstrates, an unholy wall of dreary text. In doing so, note to make them pleasing to the sight. Less clutter, moderate colours, etc. etc. It's a matter of instinct, and feedback as always. Especially since pictures are meant to aid communication; how else will you find out if they have worked? We are in a vocation of science. Experiment. ...And that should surmise the article in my own words with additions and quite much liberty taken with interpretation and ensuing supplementation. – keefeyiap
I learnt that except from the common visual aids, there are other visual aids such as print, digital media, actual objects and live demonstration or role-play. The use of animation and transitions are important when creating presentation slides. Other than that, I also learnt that create my own visuals if necessary using the tips that this picture provided. – wongzhiyuan
I have learnt that the use of visuals is essential to portraying the full picture of the message to be conveyed to the audience. Simply put, audience are more likely to be able to understand the intended message with ease, if visuals are to be included, compared to their wordy counterparts. I have also learnt that transitions and animations are crucial to how the information is going to be presented. Last but not least, there are of course certain factors to look out in the making of our very own visuals, such as the size and colors that we have to take into consideration. All criteria met will be able to create a beautiful piece of presentation that can wow the audience, and at the same time, allow the readers to receive most of the intended message. – bangwenhan123

How to make your message stick.

I agree with the point being confident. When a speaker is confident, it attracts the attention of the audience and would be able to focus better. Confidence is important but many tend to let nervousness overtake instead. – tammiejeanette
50% of the information is retained by listeners after a presentation. Hence to make a presentation more memorable and interesting, themes or visuals should be used to make the presentation more lively. I learnt that we should not use notes when speaking to an audience as they only serve as a distraction. Using notes makes it harder to connect with the audience if the presenter is too heavily reliant on them. Hence the presenter should make the effort of trying not to use notes as far as possible. – zhenhan
Something new I learn is not to use notes as it distracts the audience. That being said I am curious to know if it is alright to hold flash cards while presenting to help ourselves recall important things required to be mention in presentation? – yongjinghao