Who was it that said "a picture is worth
a thousand words"? You know, they were right! The use of visual aids can
greatly enhance your presentation. Making it easer for you to reach your
teaching objectives and for your audience to understand them..
We humans take more information in visually,
even when we are reading something its processed and stored as a visual thought in our
However, be careful not to go overboard in
designing your visual aids. The word "Overboard" could mean
All too often, to save time or money on
putting our visual aids together, we get carried away and end-up overloading them with
just too much information for our viewing audience to process. Only realizing afterwards,
that we did, in fact, cause our viewing audience to go into an immediate "overload
This visual overloading condition occurs when
they are presented with just too much information at any one given time. In almost all
cases it actually does cause your viewers to become either a little or completely confused
at what you trying to show them with your visual aid, and that can take away from your
Keep this in mind when developing your visual
- Use readable fonts, and stay a way from the
- Keep to one or two major points per visual
aid, limit the use of sub-topics to a few phrases per subject.
Remember to use the "KISS method" of
"Keep it simple stupid"
When you think you may have developed a visual
aid that might be a wee bit overloaded or you have any doubts about it, make sure you
include a printed copy of your visual aid in question in their handout materials. And
always remember to add a control number and content title to each visual aid used.
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