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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
Take the time to create a visual model of your ideas.
Creating context above every point you want to make is a master Thought Leaders tool.
Whether it's a quadrant, some concentric circles, a pyramid or even a simple triangle, a model helps you make more than one point. It helps define the conversational boundaries of any discussion.
Some great models:
• Maslows hierarchy of needs
• Dr Stephen Coveys First Things First model
• Robert Kiyosaki's Cash Flow Quadrant model
Become a forensic model scientist. Capture and clipboard every model you see. Dissect the anatomy of models, tracking their structure, their design and intent.
Basically....learn to love models!
I love images in presentations. I love the Keynote (Apple's power point) software. I love high quality carefully selected, conceptual images, as a picture does paint a thousand words.
AND...try presenting without any!
In a high tech world, a low-tech approach could make the difference.
Try this next time you present, pitch or attempt to engage a group...
- Put up one big slide with either a montage of images or a series of statements, graffiti style on the screen. Don't look at it, don't refer to it just let it be a backdrop to your fabulous presentation.
- Draw a diagram with your body. If you have an X Y graph or a 4-box quadrant model, animate it with your physicality as you move across the stage.
- Tell more stories.
Unplug your technology to plug in your audience. You might be surprised with the results!