Types of Presentation Visual Aids



There are several types of visual aids that work well when giving a presentation. It is helpful to practice using them before actually delivering the presentation. All visual aids should be free of grammatical errors and clutter. When presenting describe the content and add a few anecdotes or meaningful details. Do not ready your aids verbatim and remember they are simply to enhance the learning experience.

General Tips for Using Visual Aids

  • Keep the visual aids out of sight until you are ready to present them.
  • Stand to either side of the visual aid so not to block it.
  • Face towards the audience while you talk, not the visual aid.
  • Do not block your face with the visual aid.
  • Maintain eye contact with the students.
  • Ensure that the students have enough time to read and understand the visual aid before removing it and moving on.
  • Know where the visual aid goes when finished with it.
  • If using a projector, switch it off when you are done using it.
  • Remove or cover your visual aid when not using it.

Using Handouts During Your Presentation

Similar to other types of learning materials, handouts are very useful and help vary the pace of training by providing participants with a different focus. When using handouts during your presentation reinforce the connection between handouts and course content by introducing and reviewing them. Here are some useful types while for using handouts during your presentation.

  • Prepare the copies needed ahead of time.
  • Ensure that the handout is concise and easily read.
  • Title the handout and number the pages.
  • Use colored paper to make locating the handouts easier if they will be referred to frequently.
  • Distribute the handout to each student before discussing the content.

Using Chart Paper During Your Presentation

Chart paper is a great resource to use during a presentation because it lets you capture key information generated through discussion. When using chart paper:

  • Prepare chart paper in advance with titles.
  • Write large, clear, bold letters, using 20 words per page as your guide.
  • Write down key ideas and concepts.
  • Don’t use light colored markets or pens.
  • Leave a blank page between each of your charts.
  • Use post-its, tape, or dog-ear pages that you will refer to again later.
  • Don’t obstruct students’ view.
  • Leave the bottom quarter blank so the entire chart can be seen from the back of the room.
  • Tear off chart paper you want the group to be able to refer to throughout the presentation and tape it to a wall.

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