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How to use visual aids to improve your oral presentations

What will you learn?

  1. How to make a great oral presentation at conferences or events
  2. How to use different types of visual aids or tools to make impact
  3. Secret tips on designing an impactful PowerPoint presentation
  4. The different ways you can capture the audience’s attention


Course Description

When you present before an audience it requires you to hold their attention, and keep them engaged with what you are saying. But not everyone is a born orator. In fact, most researchers confess to being uncomfortable speaking in front of other people. An expert tip is to use different visual aids to enhance your presentations, explain your findings simply, grab your audience’s attention, and make an impact with your presentation.

This course reveals some easy-to-follow strategies and practical tips to help you add visual aids to your oral presentation to captivate your audience. It introduces you to the different types of visuals, and shares various tools and aids you can use to enhance your presentation. You will also learn how to use additional elements, such as animation or imagery, to make a lasting impression. By the end of the course, you will understand which areas need attention, both before and during your talk, and will be able to create and deliver a stellar presentation.


What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Objectives of this course

Lecture 3: Overhead projector slides/transparencies

Lecture 4: About LCD projectors

Lecture 5: White board and black board

Lecture 6: Printed paper hand-outs

Lecture 7: How flip charts work

Lecture 8: Using videos appropriately

Lecture 9: Adding artefacts or props

Lecture 10: Tips to create PowerPoints

Lecture 11: Pictures in PowerPoints

Lecture 12: Animations in PowerPoints

Lecture 13: Summary and conclusion


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R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


Course Curriculum


  How to use visual aids to improve your oral presentations
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