I attended my Toastmasters club last night and witnessed an excellent presentation using visual aids.  The young lady giving the presentation was discussing personal cash flow management and used a creative visual to help us understand her message.  She used a simple flip chart which was already pre-filled.  Here’s why it was so good:

  • She kept it simple.  Money issues can be complex these days. She used simple language and simple concepts.  I guess that helps simple people like me!
  • Her flip chart was more graphics than text.  She used symbols of buckets and arrows to help us visual learners.  The only text were limited to one o two words.
  • The visual aid advanced her message instead of giving it.  Like PowerPoint, if the flip chart tells you everything, then all you need is Vanna White to flip the pages.  She led the presentation; the flip charts were simply great aids to strengthen her story.
  • She was prepared.  She didn’t use the flip chart as a crutch or outline.

Visual aids can be a powerful tool to enhancing your next presentation.  If you commit to following the strategies my Toastmasters friend did, you will also give a superb presentation.

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P.S.  If you are a Toastmaster in Region 1, plan on joining me at the annual conference on June 19-21.  I will be one of the educational presenters at the Oakland Hilton.  For more information, click on the link on this post-script.

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