Visual Aids: Review Questions and Activities


  1. Other than slides, list three types of visual aids that can be used in a presentation and give an example of each.
  2. What are the ways that visual aids can benefit a presentation? Harm a presentation?
  3. Describe the benefits of white space in design.
  4. Explain the different purposes and content of handouts as compared to slide shows.
  5. List and explain two considerations when using color in your slides.
  6. Discuss the pros and cons of having a large amount of text on a slide.


  1. Using the data below, design 3 different types of charts/graphs to effectively display data from this table. Which is most effective and why?

    City Median Home Cost Median Household Income Unemployment Rate
    Richmond, Virginia




    Asheville, North Carolina




    Durango, Colorado




  2. Design 6 different slides that express the following “The USDA study indicated that in 2010, 17.2 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources.” (From

    Which slide most clearly gets your point across and why?

  3. Slide for Question 3 "Slide for Question 3" by Public Speaking Project. CC-BY-NC-ND.

    Identify as many problems as you can in the slide on the right. Then re-design the slide to more effectively communicate the message.

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