I’m a very visual person. I often joke about my ability to fall asleep if there are no pictures in a report, or if a presentation is all text. However, the use of visuals has been proven time and time again to reach people more effectively than just words. As a trainer, I can guarantee this, and it is often said… A picture tells a thousand words.
I came across this article and it made me think so I thought it would be useful to share!
It is a blog by the creators of smart draw, but if you ignore the shameless product advertising, I think you can get a lot from this article. I particularly liked the Pacman pie chart!
Some salient points from the article…
- Speakers have long known that opening a presentation with a joke or funny anecdote can help their audience connect with them.
- Studies show that the mind starts to fatigue after only ten minutes without new stimulus.
- Information presented visually is easier to grasp and will be retained for a longer time than the same information presented orally.
Just remember to follow some basic rules of thumb:
- Let’s face it; you and I are not Robin Williams. If you aren’t comfortable using humour, it may be best not to.
- Don’t overdo it—it’s a business presentation (or document), not a comedy routine. If you are Robin Williams, you get a pass on this.
- Match the humour to the audience and the situation. Humour that is appropriate in social situations may not be for a business presentation.
- Don’t assume anything about your audience—play it safe and don’t offend. (Now I’m thinking none of these apply to Robin Williams.)
- Avoid industry gossip or negativity about competitors.