People have the terrible habit of wanting to jam every imaginable detail onto their presentation slides. This usually happens is because the presenter are underprepared—he doesn’t know the materials or didn’t have enough time to put together a streamlined presentation. Either way, sitting through one of these presentations is painful.
When you present, the focus should be on you, not on your slides. Putting too much detail on the slides causes your audience to stop listening and read for themselves. They can probably read faster than you speak anyway. Remember, you’re selling the sizzle, not the steak. Don’t teach, tease. Use your slides as a complement to enhance what you’re saying, not a substitute.
Guy Kawasaki came up with the 10-20-30 Rule: No more than 10 slides, no longer than 20 minutes, and no smaller than 30-point font. Realize the 10 slide rule counts only for the main presentation. You can have as many backup slides as you need. This might sound impossible if your current presentation is a monster, but keep condensing and improving until you’ve distilled only the most important points and complementary visuals possible. When this is done right, your slides will highlight your key points, not distract your audience.

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