When you are giving a speech or a presentation, it makes it easier for the audience to connect with and understand your message if you consider a visual element and show them your point while you tell it to them.
Any picture representation of your idea will increase audience engagement dramatically. The use of a "big picture" visual allows people to wander on purpose. We cannot speak fast enough for the human brain, so it is natural that some of your audience will not be listening to your words. Allow them to think about your point ahead of you by giving them a visual framework – a map to guide their thoughts.
Here are some different visual elements that you could use:
- Models, based on geometric shapes like circles triangles and squares
- Metaphors and analogies, based on every day life examples that people would know – e.g. the role of a compass or learning to drive
- Icons and symbols that convey meaning without the need for explanation – e.g. a stop sign or crucifix
- An actual picture of your point
- A graph, but not with too much detail