Figures, Drawings, Pictures, Models
These visual aids are different from others because they are iconic and show an image as it really is. They are most effective when the image will enhance an audience's appreciation or understanding. Do not use images simply because they are available or to fill "dead space" in a presentation, rather they should be simple and used carefully.
Using Figures, Drawings, Pictures, and Models
One of the greatest errors in using iconic visuals is having too small a visual for audiences to see well. Solve this problem by:
- Enlarging the visual to show only significant parts.
- Providing a handout before you begin your presentation. Use this technique only if critical data cannot be handled any other way.
- Inviting audience members to view them after your presentation.
- Labeling significant components clearly.
Remember, over-detailed icons will distract an audience. Consider simplifying as much as possible.