What is the purpose of using visual aids? Identify five types of visual aids and give examples of how they can be used.
Visual aids are crucial and frequently used to reinforce your message, clarify points, and create excitement. This will help one to reach his objectives by providing emphasis to what is being said. Clear pictures multiply the audience’s level of understanding of the material presented.
PowerPoint (or equivalent)
Microsoft PowerPoint is probably now the most commonly used form of visual aid.
Overhead projector slides/transparencies
Overhead projector slides/transparencies are displayed on the overhead projector (OHP) – mostly found in lecture and seminar rooms. The OHP projects and enlarges slides onto a screen or wall without requiring the lights to be dimmed.
White or black board
White or black boards can be very useful to help explain the sequence of ideas or routines, particularly in the sciences. Used mostly to clarify title or to record key points as one introduces the presentation.
A flip chart is a large pad of paper on a stand. It is a very useful and flexible way of recording information during presentation. Often used to prepare sheets for key points.