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Visual Aids:
Transparencies, Handouts, Slides, Etc.

Have these ready several days before you present. Show
samples to potential audience members to get their reaction.
Make changes if necessary.
     Use an off-colour paper for handouts instead of white.
Choose a professional looking type style rather than plain old
typewriter. Have your handouts ready to distribute at the
right time.
     Help prepare your audience for notetaking. Tell them
what to write down. If they are learning, they should take notes
as they listen to you. If you are giving general information,
they can wait until you pass around the handouts.
     We all appreciate it when a speaker tells us which ideas
are most important and which are not, so that we know what
to remember.

"Reserved" Signs

At annual company dinners, or when entertaining large groups
of customers and prospects, 10 - 20% of the seats are always
empty. The same, of course, applies to early breakfast sessions
and other large gatherings.
     No one wants to sit at the front and often you find quite
a few half-filled tables. This does not encourage people to
become acquainted, nor does it help the speaker communicate.
     Get some "Reserved" signs and place them on the rear
tables so everyone must move closer to the front.
     The same technique, of course, can be used for theatre-
style presentations. Just block off the last few rows with a
colourful rope and "Reserved" signs.

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