The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!

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CHAPTER 8
Visual and Audio Aids

Certainly, the key points in your speech are more likely to be remembered if you can underscore the points with audiovisuals (A-V). Some of these are very low-tech and therefore can be used pretty much anywhere—chalk in a classroom, an audiocassette played over a portable tape recorder. Others require training and an entire system of support—making and playing a video or using Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation software. Always have a backup plan, in case your first choice does not work.


Handouts

Regardless of what other type of A-V assistance you use, you should prepare a handout for the audience to take home. If you pass it out in advance, however, some will get distracted from listening to you as they flip through it. Give it out during the question period, if you have one. Otherwise, have assistants hand them out at the exits or make them available on a table to take. Mention this at the start of your speech, so that the audience will not have to frantically scribble notes unnecessarily.

Bring 15 percent more copies of the handout than you think you will need, in case attendance is greater than anticipated. If you do run out, post it on your Web site or give out your e-mail address and ask those who did not get one to send a request or give you their card.

Do not simply make the handout a copy of your slides, which won't tell the audience much because they have few words (more on

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