• Helen

4 Slide Deck principles to live by

Updated: Sep 3, 2018

I went to four networking events last week. Two of them had top shelf, best in the game level speakers. All four were deeply flawed.


Here are three easy tips to help you avoid annoying your audience or undermining your own role in your presentation.


1. Make it visible. If you have to say, This is not going to be good for the people sitting at the back, you are not thinking about your audience. Make it bigger! Think in terms of minimum font size of between 30- 40.


2. Don't read off the screen. The eye is faster than the ear. If you are reading off the screen what everyone else can read, you just made yourself redundant. Your images should support you in your presentation, not the other way round.


3. Have a print out of your deck in place where you can see it a glance. That way you can bridge from one image to the next and introduce what's coming up.


4. Does your graph look like a cat fought with string? Does it look like the string won? If your graph is too dense to read, simplify it for the essentials. If you have to present a great deal of data, color the key areas of your table. If it's a graph, build it up in layers for us so we can follow the multiple overlaid lines.


The potential list of tips is long but these four are key.



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