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Speaking – Slide Design

I’m not sure I love this advice on slide design, but some of it makes sense. Much too often I see people putting lots of information on slide decks, as though readers will be studying the slides. I am working to reduce the amount of letters or “data” on each slide, and increase the information by making things simpler and hoping people will pay attention to me.

I’m not sure what I would do differently, but I am moving towards more pictures, and less words. The presentation is to hear me speak, not a talking textbook.

I should write a little about what I am doing differently, and showcase how I’ve reduced the data on some slides. However I’m curious. Do you think the slides matter? Do you refer to them later for information? Or do you want them to highlight things I talk about to keep you on track and give you an idea of what I am teaching?

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