Yes – Illustrations are an excellent way to drive home a point. All great speakers use them BUT make sure you keep them short and only use them to support and drive home the main points of your presentation. They can be verbal by way of a very short story, a comparison – (similes and metaphors) or visually by way of a “picture”, short video or graph.

Make them easily understood and do not weave one illustration throughout the presentation or talk, that will only distract the audience who will get hooked on or bored by the story rather that the presentation itself.

What experiences have you had with good and bad illustrations?