Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

Speech Project 8 from the Competent Communication Manual


Projects 2 and 7 mentioned visual aids as one type of support material for a speech.  Because people remember best what they simultaneously see and hear, visual aids are powerful tools for a speaker.

Executive Summary:

Visual aids help an audience understand and remember what they hear; they are a valuable tool for speakers.  The most popular visual aids are computer-based visuals, overhead transparencies, flip charts, white-boards and props.  The type of visual aid you choose depends on several factors, including the information you wish to display and the size of the audience.  Visuals must be appropriate for your message and the audience, and be displayed correctly with ease and confidence.


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

Time: Five to seven minutes

For more details on this speech project, see the Competent Communication Manual from Toastmasters International.

The Competent Communication Manual

You may be more comfortable communicating by electronic mail or telephone than in person.  Speaking to large or small groups, or even one-to-one, may intimidate or frighten you.  Yet good communication skills are vital if you want to be successful.  Corporate leaders say that the ability to communicate well orally is one of the most important skills their recruiters look for in job candidates.  Businesses want people who express themselves clearly and confidently, and are persuasive and comfortable communicating with a wide range of people, from top executives to assembly-line workers.