Basic Instructor Training Course NavigationCREATING YOUR VISUALS!

Who was it that said "a picture is worth a thousand words"?  You know, they were right!  The use of visual aids can be used to inform your audience of many things. We humans take more information in visually, even when we are reading something because its process and stored as a visual thought in our minds.

The main purpose in developing your visual aids are that they help you teach your training objective, so develop them around your main teaching points.  However, be careful not to go overboard in designing your visual aids the word "Overboard" could mean here "Overload" instead. All too often, to save time or money on putting together our visual aids, and we end-up get carried away and overloading them with just too much information for our viewing audiences to process visually.

Realizing this only after that fact that it did cause our viewing audience to immediately go into some form of visual "overloading condition visually," this visual overloading condition occurs when your viewers are  presented with just too much information at anyone time. What actually happens in many situations like this, is it causes your viewers to become confused. Your viewers are now forced to focus their attention to the visual aid while trying decipher or speculate on what you're trying to show them.  And that can take away from your presentation effectiveness.

Of course, the opposite is true also, by using too little information to make your point. Try not to overload visuals, find a balance, and don't overcrowd them.

It is easy do! Your in a hurry, grabbing whatever it is that you need to have an overhead transparency of, and then you run off to the copy machine and your done right!   Well maybe?  Ok, so next time just plan ahead a little and think about what's the purpose of your visual aids? Remember to limit your overheads and slides to a few topics and sub-phases. this also applies to flip charts and any other charts or graphics you may use.

For now continue on and read the rest, then you will have a little better understand how we human react to the information being presented to us and how we process it.

They're many different types of media available for use in our classrooms or at a presentation we are conducting. With all the many different types of media  available that can be used, so are the opinions on how to develop your visual aids. Nevertheless, out of all those different opinions and strategies they seam to have one thing in common, which has resulted into a few simple basic rules to follow when developing your visual aids.

We will discuss and review those rules. But before we do, think back for a few moments about the human behavior psychology, and the way we humans like to receive and process information we receive about new things, remember that:


  • Hands on activities
  • Question & objection time
  • Small quizzes done in pairs
  • To be busy
  • To feel your enthusiasm
  • Audience participation
  • To touch things


  • A varied and well-modulated voice
  • Statistics and facts
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Clear, loud voice
  • Calm and organized talk
  • Audiotapes
  • To hear your enthusiasm
  • To talk out loud so they can process what you say


  • Overheads, slides, pictures, graphs
  • Videotapes
  • Demonstrations
  • Broad overviews stated
  • To see your enthusiasm
  • Gestures
  • Stories and examples that create a picture
  • To see materials ahead of time

Remember to keep the way people prefer to receive their information in mind when you are designing or developing your visual aids. It is an important consideration you must consider because your visual aids can make or break your training or presentation, which can result into a complete failure of the overall effectiveness of your training programs or your presentation.

Now continuing on, let's look at the most common types of visual aid equipment available for you to use are:


Marker board

Flip Chart

Overhead projector

Slide projector

LCD projector

VCR and Video tape

Whichever media of your choice is, here's what most all of the experts have agreed on and recommend about developing your visual aids

  • Rule 1:    Use readable and consistent fonts, and stay a way from the fancy stuff.
  • Rule 2:    Keep to one or two major points per visual aid, and limit the use of subtropics text to a few phrases per subject.
  • Rule 3:    Remember to use the "Kiss method" of   "Keep It Simple Stupid."
  • Rule 4:    Always add a control number and title to each visual aid used, where possible, this will help your keep your presentation organized and in sequence as you present it.

You need to also beware of that each of visual methods you intent to use has there limitations, knowing what they are can help you prepare for your training session. During the course we will discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of each of the Visual Aids, and how you can maximize them to your advantages.

Our next stop is talking about you, go there now or go back to the top! It's your choice!


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