Presentation Myth: Simple Slides are Always Better

June 10, 2014 in Author, Greg Owen-Boger, Myths Debunked

A recent workshop participant said, “I don’t want to simplify this slide. The abundance of the data is where the story is.”

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As his coach, I cannot argue with that. This is exactly why those one-size-fits-all rules about the number of bullets or words on a slide don’t work.

Admittedly, sometimes less is more. (And we do help our clients simplify their slides and their message when necessary.) But as this workshop participant said, sometimes the message is better communicated through lots of data.

Slide Vs. Handout
The slide pictured here would be, admittedly, a lousy visual aid if it were projected onto a screen. It’s too busy and would be hard to read, so in cases such as this, be sure to include a hard copy of the slide so that people can read and study it as part of your presentation.

I encourage you to think critically about the rules you’ve heard about slide design and business presentations. As Dale Ludwig, Turpin’s founder, often says, “If a slide doesn’t help you move the conversation forward, it’s a lousy visual aid.”

What “rules” for presenting do you break?

by Greg Owen-Boger, VP at Turpin Communication and co-author of the upcoming book, “The Orderly Conversation”

Is There A Magic Number Of Slides?

March 20, 2012 in Author, Delivery, FAQs, Myths Debunked, Organizing Your Content, Preparation, Sarah Stocker

Question: I’ve been told that I should use no more than X# of slides. Is that true?

It depends. If this is a rule coming down from your bosses, then you should follow it. They probably want you to use a specific template for your presentation.

Otherwise, there is no magic number of slides you should use. Just make sure that all of the slides contribute to your goal. If they don’t, eliminate them. By the way, the same is true for the number of bullets per slide.

For more information on what to include in your slides check out Greg’s post: How much detail should be included on PowerPoint slides?

by Sarah Stocker, Trainer and Workshop Coordinator at Turpin Communication