Toastmasters Speech 8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

Speech Objectives

  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

The eighth speech project deals with the use of props, flip charts, slides transparencies, and whiteboards.

Some of us learn better and quicker when we are shown pictures, diagrams, and the like – either on their own or as part of a speech or presentation.

Every individual has his or her own learning style and the use of visual aids goes a long way to ensuring that you are conveying your message effectively to a potentially diverse audience. But it is important for you the speaker to feel comfortable when using visual aids. This helps your credibility as a presentation speaker.

Delivering a  Professional Presentation

A presentation is an opportunity to establish your own expertise and the value of your business. Remember you are: a ‘business of one’ especially if you’re a job-seeker or an employee. Here are some ‘selling’ tips:
– Once you have a clear understanding of what you’re presenting, work out the best way to deliver it.
-‘Talk it out’: For the sake of your audience, rehearse. Until you say the words out loud, you have no way of knowing how effective your presentation will be. Remember to avoid clichés, jargon and filler words.
-Don’t rely on your slides: Always remember that PowerPoint is a supplement to your presentation, not the delivery method. You are much more interesting than a slide deck!
-A good presentation will inform, persuade and inspire.
-Be focused/professional, but also friendly – people remember what you say if they like the way you say it.
-Presentations can be a good experience for both you and your audience. With an organised, informative presentation, the right tools and materials and readiness to make a good impression, prepare to deliver an awesome presentation!

Filler Words

Using filler words too often takes away from the effectiveness and eloquence of your presentation. They are also distracting and make you sound unsure about what you’re going to say next.