Successfully Using Visual Aids

in Your Presentation









Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners. That is, they use images, pictures, colors, and other visual media to organize and learn information. The remainder of the population is comprised of auditory and kinesthetic learners (see pie chart). Therefore, by adding effective visual aids to your presentation you will increase the possibility of your students remembering the message simply because most people are visual learners.


Click here to view some examples of ways the different "learner types" best receive and process information.

Visual aids add a new dimension to presentations. When used properly, they can help you to more effectively deliver your message by adding impact and interest. But when used incorrectly, they can distract from your presentation and might confuse the students. So, choose and integrate your visual aids carefully.

Keep in mind that visual aids should only be used to aid understanding and never used as a substitute for the presenterís input. A presentation should consist of a speaker supported by visual aids and not vice-versa.







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