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Public Speaking - Johnstown Campus: Visuals for Speeches

A guide to print, electronic, and Internet resources available for Public Speaking students.

Images in Speeches

Adding visual elements (such as pictures, maps, or charts) can really enhance your speech. 

Use Creative Commons Search to search different providers for items that are specifically licensed under a CC license. For information about copyright restrictions, see the Copyright and Intellectual Property Toolkit: Can I Use It? guide

Search for Images

Search Google for pictures, maps, or other visuals to supplement your speech. Tip: You can also try an Advanced Google Image Search. By selecting "Labled for Reuse" in the Usage Rights drop-down box, you'll ensure the images you use are not violating copyright licenses.


Wordle is a free site that lets you input text (such as President Obama's acceptance speech, seen below) and generate a "word cloud." Words appearing more frequently receive greater prominence in the cloud.

Embedding Video Into PowerPoint

This video shows you how to embed YouTube videos into Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Check out this video if you're using PowerPoint 2010.

Graphs and Charts