Benefits of using VisualAidsProfessor Jayashree Sadriand Dr. Sorab Sadri
Benefits of using visual aids.They help in illustrating andreinforcing the spoken message sothat the audience can imbibe it.They provide a change of pace andthus break the monotony of speech.Charts, figures and models cut downexplanation time considerably. Theyalso help understanding how situationshave changed over time.A photograph or a cine-film shot addsa sense of realism to the presentation,thus making it much more interesting.
Contd.. Visual aids are excellent instruments forrelating theory to practice and thuspromoting learning. A participantunderstands what a furnace looks like inreal life when shown a clipping.Remember visual aids are not areplacement of training but assistance tothe trainer to communicate his/hermessage to the audience such thatretention is facilitated. They are notwindow dressing but should belegitimately used.
Some examples of visual aidsused in trainingSlide projectorOverhead ProjectorCine ProjectorDVD and Audio Visual ProjectorTelevisionComputers and LCD ProjectorTape Recorders
How to use audio visual aidsNever experiment with an aid at theexpense of the audience.Speak to the participants not to theaid.Be familiar with the audience seatingand voice travel.Test run the gadget to avoid glitches.Make sure that the message displayedis brief ,visible and legible.Ensure that infrastructure support isavailable(electricity, screen).
Contd..Use the aid selectively and at theproper time.The aid is not the presentation ofthe message but a help to it.Switch of the aid when not in use.