How powerful are visual aids when speaking?

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20 years ago I sat in a crowded assembly hall with 200 other school children and was told all of the stories from the Bible by a vicar who used images of the Mr Men to represent characters within the stories.

To this day I remember that Mr Happy was Jesus, Mr Tall was God, Mr Greedy was Judas and so on.

I was four years old, desperate to go outside and play in the sunshine, fidgety and easily distracted, yet to this day I still remember every one of the stories that were told and the characters that were within them.

That’s how powerful visual aids can be when public speaking.

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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