Create slides that work

Not too much text

Compare these two slides. It should be obvious which one has a manageable amount of text and which one has too much text:

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The way to design a strong presentation slide is to:

  •     Have no more than six lines of text per slide.
  •     Have a short, clear heading separate from the rest of the text.
  •     Use short phrases or very short statements, rather than long sentences.
  •     Use a large font.

You don’t want your audience to be sitting reading text while you are talking. The idea is to have brief text that the audience can refer to and will help them to focus on the points you are talking about.