Are Missourians any different from people elsewhere in wanting to be shown? I don't think so—they are just a little more frank about demanding visual proof. It is difficult enough to describe many common, everyday objects; If a group is unfamiliar with an object or its use, the difficulty Is compounded. But a picture, a drawing, or the actual object demonstrated readily communicates the thought to an audience. And it is easier to describe familiar things than bacteria, which the audience cannot see, or a concept such as “cleanliness is a way of life.” Visual aids can assist in meeting these communication challenges. Because the effective use of visual aids is such a large subject, I will limit my discussion to the correlation of visual aids to training methods appropriate in training food-service managers.
1For the purpose of this paper, training is defined as acts, processes, or methods used to bring about the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes in food-service managers for the purpose of modifying or improving work behavior.
2Food-service management is considered as the collective body of individuals who get things done in food-service establishments by supervising the work activities of other people.
3Presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, August 18–22, 1968.
Author's Note: When I was asked to present this session at the 55th Annual Meeting of IAMFES, I asked why the planning committee wanted a session on Visual Aids. The answer: “Because the meeting was to be held in Missouri, the show-me state, and visual aids are the best way to communicate with folks in that area.”