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.
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
- Slides are for reinforcing your talk, not telling you what to say.
- Slides are for showing what it is you are talking about when words are insufficient.
- 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.