Web resource for visual aids

This series of two articles from cognitive scientist Dr. Carmen Simon looks at what factors make some parts of PowerPoint presentations stand out and other parts quickly forgotten. It was interesting to see that several of her conclusions echo what we already teach students about verbal techniques that speakers can use to capture and hold attention.

The articles could serve as additional reading for students or to provide additional examples to offer from experts when discussing visual aids in class.

Better PowerPoint: Part 1
Better PowerPoint: Part 2

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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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