The More Slides, the Better

February 10, 2014

Today, most presenters fear large slide counts. Many worry that a deck that is 100 slides, 50 slides or even 30 slides will create a poor experience for their audience. I'm here to shatter that belief.

Presenters need to stop aiming for 5-slide, 10-slide, and 15-slide decks.

These are weak.

These are ineffective.

These are boring.

To give the most effective presentation, you need to aim for more slides.

Here’s why:

Eye Candy for the Masses

We live in a world littered with low attention spans. To capture attention, you will need to have visual accompaniments constantly rotating behind you as a presenter. You should aim to stay on a slide for 10-15 seconds rather than 5-10 minutes. If you do so, the odds of keeping your audience engaged will be in your favor.

A Thousand Words

We are all familiar with the Chinese proverb: a picture is worth a thousand words. Now, imagine a 100-slide deck that is comprised of 100 pictures. You’ll have the ability to say so much -- more than any bullet or text-heavy slide could ever convey.

Pacing

Bullets kill presentations. They also make us slow. The more slides your deck contains, the stronger probability you are going to move at a faster and more engaging pace.

If you are still skeptical, take a look at the deck below for my book, How to Be a Presentation God. This can be presented in about 2 minutes and it’s 57 slides. Again, more slides does not always translate to a long presentation.