Make an Impact on Your
with Overhead Transparencies
Overhead projections can add power to
your presentations, but only if you use them well. For maximum impact,
follow these guidelines:
Keep the lamp off until your
transparency is in place. A blank screen is distracting and will detract
from the impact of your image.
Switch off your projector (or cover
the light source) before removing your transparency.
Give your learners enough time to
read and absorb the information on the screen. Remember that although
you're familiar with the transparency, your learners are seeing it for
the first time.
Wait a few moments for the learners'
eyes to return to you before you begin to speak again.
Some transparencies required only
reading--like jokes. If you explain them verbally, you lose their
Point at the transparency, not at the
screen, and use a pen, not your finger.
Place a transparency on the projector
by the top to make sure the visual is lined up correctly. During
training, keep your eyes on the learners instead of looking back to the
Once you've made your point, shut off
the projector and remove the transparency.