How to Avoid a Bad Cruise Ship Presentation | KYSSS

ByBill Belew

How to Avoid a Bad Cruise Ship Presentation | KYSSS

There’s another way to spell kiss. KYSSS = Keep Your Slides Simple Stupid. Or silly if the word stupid offends you.

Too often the slides are a crutch for the cruise ship lecturer. The slides are used to help the speaker remember what it is they want to say – their outline.


Example of a bad slide.

Bad Presentation Slide

Bad Presentation Slide

Source: Washington University Libraries

Try making sense of this slide from 50 rows back in an auditorium the size of a high school basketball gym.

It can’t be done.

Slides should be simple. One word? Two words? Not more than can fit on one line with 30-point font.

The answer to best slide choice

The answer is that there is no one answer fits all.

Venues vary in size. Size of audience varies by topic.

The rule of thumb – keep your slides simple. Slides complement what you are saying. Slides say better, or show better what you want to say than you can say it.

It is entirely possible to do a whole presentation with no words on your slides.

I have done presentations with but one word on each slide.

3 Reasons to Use Slides

  1. Slides are for reinforcing your talk, not telling you what to say.
  2. Slides are for showing what it is you are talking about when words are insufficient.
  3. Slides can be the gist of your talk, and your words are just there to give context for what your audience is looking at.

Keep your slides simple and you will be on your way to avoiding a bad presentation.

To get on board, reach out and we won’t just tell you what to do, we will work with you step-by-step all the way.


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About the author

Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of