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Chapter 1. Self Evaluation

To improve your effectiveness in planning and using visual aids, it will be helpful to take a look at the expertise you have now. This evaluation will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Please read each statement and then circle the number that best describes you. The focus is to be highly effective while simple and professional in your presentation.

   Never  Always 
1. I carefully analyze the audience for my presentation before planning the visuals I will use. 1 2 3 4 5
2. I spent far more time planning and organizing my presentation than worrying about it. 1 2 3 4 5
3. During my presentations, I notice my successes later, I focus on how to learn from the mistakes. 1 2 3 4 5
4. When my visuals contain text, there are no more than 36 words. 1 2 3 4 5
5. My visuals contain only the information that I am presenting in my presentation. 1 2 3 4 5
6. I am familiar with the basic principles of design and keep them in mind when planning visuals. 1 2 3 4 5
7. Everything on my visuals can be seen clearly from the back row. 1 2 3 4 5
8. I remember to have fun and enjoy giving my presentation. 1 2 3 4 5
9. I use a simple, easy-to-read typeface. 1 2 3 4 5
10. I have a logical plan for where and how to use the visual aids in the presentation so they have maximum impact. 1 2 3 4 5
11. I arrive early and check out the equipment until intimately familiar with the on/off switch, location of an extra bulb, focus, and other adjustments. 1 2 3 4 5
12. I locate my visual aids in an effective position in the room where I’m presenting. 1 2 3 4 5
13. I carefully avoid getting caught between the visual aids and the audience. 1 2 3 4 5
14. I am skilled at maintaining eye contact and facing the audience while using visuals. 1 2 3 4 5
15. I avoid reading from my visuals. Instead, my visuals act as a back-up to my presentation. 1 2 3 4 5
16. I clear away visuals when they no longer apply to the subject I’m presenting. I turn off or black out the screen when it is not in use. 1 2 3 4 5
17. I take care that visuals are support—not the focal point—for my presentations. 1 2 3 4 5
18. To avoid detracting from my presentation, I limit the number of visual aids I use. 1 2 3 4 5
19. When using overhead transparencies, I put them in frames with centering marks. 1 2 3 4 5
20. I congratulate myself on a job well done! Total score _______    



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