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Chapter 25. A Thousand Words: Visual Aid... > A Dollar Late and a Day Short - Pg. 214

A Thousand Words: Visual Aids 214 It's very easy to make chartjunk and chartoons with clip art. Be strong, though: Resist the urge to clutter your visuals with too much clip art. 6. Mix graphics. You wouldn't mix your metaphors when you speak, so don't mix graphics or colors without specific purpose. For example, you wouldn't use warm colors (yellow, orange) in a slide whose subject was ice hockey unless you wanted to emphasize the warm, comfort- able temperature of the stadium. You'd go for a cool blue instead. A Dollar Late and a Day Short Say that your speech will take place in another city. The last thing you want to do is lug a slide projector with you. But how can you make sure that the meeting site will have the audiovisual equipment that you need? The easiest way is to write a letter to the hotel meeting planner or seminar planner to arrange for the equipment you need ahead of time. I used the word "write" intentionally; this way, you can make sure that there's a written request on file. By the way, faxing and e-mailing also count as writing because all three methods provide a written record. Just remember to follow up with a telephone call a few days before your speech to make sure that everything is in place. Dot the I's and Cross the T's I'm a worrier. Maybe you are, too. Being a worrier is not such a bad thing when it comes to public speaking because it helps ensure that presentations go smoothly. I always call twice to double- check on all equipment I'll need. That way, I can be sure that I'll have the proper equipment, in working order, waiting for me. I even bring my own extension cord and three-prong adapter when