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Lesson 11. Presenting Your Visuals > Never Forget These Four Steps - Pg. 47

Presenting Your Visuals Caution 47 Don't be like some speakers, who become so dependent on their visual aids that they can't operate without them. If there's an equipment breakdown, they can't remember the infor- mation in their talk. Learn to deliver a presentation so you are always prepared, no matter what happens to the equipment. Never Forget These Four Steps So many speakers begin a presentation with high energy and good eye contact only to forget these essential skills when they start to present their visual aids. Somehow all their energy disappears, and instead of looking at their audience, they focus all their attention on the visual aid, talking to it with their backs to the listeners. There is a far more effective way to work with visual aids, which enables you to continue using all your presentation skills. This process includes four steps, which are described as if you were using overheads or slides, since these are the most common visual aids. 1. Project your first visual and walk back to the screen. --As you talk about a visual, you should always stand next to the screen. This accomplishes two things: a. You will not be blocking the view of anyone in the audience. If you stand next to the overhead projector or other projection device, it's easy to prevent someone from seeing the screen. By standing next to the screen, you and the visual aid present one unified image. The audience doesn't need to look back and forth to focus on the visual, and it will become the center of attention. Introduce the visual aid. --Before you talk about any of the details in the visual, give your b. 2.