Using at least one type of visual aid will help to hold the attention of the audience, and using more than one visual aid helps add variety to presentations. Visual aids also act as prompts to presenters and take the focus of the audience away from a nervous presenter. Following are some of the visual aid options that are available:
- Flipcharts—Use for prepared examples or for impromptu examples that you can refer to later.
- Video—Good for showing a concept or procedure visually. Avoid videos that are strictly a "talking head".
- Electronic Presentation—Easy to prepare and to modify on the spot; permit online access during a presentation; offer a wide variety of visual options (colors, fonts, charts, graphs, layouts)
Consider your comfort level in using the equipment required for each visual aid. Do not attempt to employ equipment that you do not know how to operate, as you will end up looking unprepared in front of your audience.