A written assignment for visual aids

This assignment is a nice option when introducing visual aids. It’s always a popular choice in my classes…

Watch two different kinds of examples from TV shows that make use of visual aids (how-to shows, weather reports, or sports programs, for example). Describe the programs. Notice how the speaker uses visual aids to help communicate the message. What kinds of visuals aids are used in each case? In what way does the choice of visual aids enhance the clarity, interest, and retainability of the speaker’s message? Which of the two samples you watched used the visual more effectively? Why? Could this show survive without visual aids? What would the speaker have to do to communicate the message as effectively without visual aids (on radio, for example)?

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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