7 Different Types of Visual Aids You Can Use In Your Presentation

If you’re going to be giving a presentation to a group of people, you should be aware of the different types of visual aids to use. There are different types of visual aids you can use in your presentation be more successful.

Visual aids is a term used in public speaking to refer to all of the various tangible objects a speaker may use in a presentation with the goal of facilitating understanding. Visual aids are typically projected or placed on easels for all presenters and attendees to see.

In this section, we’re going to talk about some common types of visual aids that people use in presentations.

There are two main types of visual aids: physical and digital. Physical visuals are typically papers, charts, posters with text and/or images, handouts, photographs, models, diagrams, videos etc., while Digital visuals include slideshows and videos played from an electronic device or online streaming service such as YouTube or PowerPoint presentations displayed on a computer screen.

Types of Visual Aids

Pictures, Drawings, Photographs: These can be used in many different ways. As the adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”?. That is true, but only when they are relevant. You can use them to illustrate what you are saying. For example, suppose you are talking about how a person with a fever is very uncomfortable. In that case, you could show a picture of a person who looks uncomfortable because he has a high fever.

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Charts, Graphs, Diagrams, Maps: These are visual aids that are commonly used for data or facts. These are used to help a reader see a trend or a pattern, and they can be an excellent choice to go with a description of a situation. For example, if you show the amount of money spent on groceries for the past 30 days, a chart will show the pattern of when you spend money and the trend of expenditure.

Handouts: Handouts are a great way to present information during a meeting or training session. Handouts can consist of all the information that was delivered or a summary of the presentation. The most common content of handouts is usually the summary of the presentation. Even though you may not use all of the information in the handout simultaneously, they are handy when you are trying to cover a large amount of information in a short amount of time. 


Audio and Video: Audio and video are devices used to help you get your point across during your presentation. It hones in on the visual and auditory of the listeners. With the number of audios and videos resources available online, it is easy to search for audio and videos relevant to your presentation. 

Presentation programs: Some people use only words to make a point, and other people like to use presentation programs such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or similar programs to create visual aids. Even overhead transparencies are a commonly used visual aid at one time. In my opinion, using a “presentation program” is akin to a man wearing a necktie. He may feel more comfortable in it, and it does attract people looking at him, but it does not say much about his potential or, in this case, message.

Demonstrations: Demonstrations are a type of visual aid used to emphasize a point you are trying to make. Demonstrations are hands-on, and this triggers learning by doing. These are especially good if you are demonstrating a product that you can use as a prop and a visual aid.

Objects: Objects are the type of visual aid that is the most popular. It is the actual objects of the points you are making. Example: Objects are very effective because they are real. They can be used to represent real things, ideas, data, or abstractions. Objects are very effective because they are real.


These are just some of the common visual aids used. The purpose of visual aids is to enhance a presentation, and it provides a way for the audience to focus on the visual aspect of the presentation. The type of visual aid you use depends on the kind of presentation you are trying to make. Visual aids are a way to enhance a presentation.


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