5 words per slide

If you can distill your message to having only 5 words on the slide, then you can have a very powerful presentation.  Use powerpoint as a presentation tool, not a word processor.  It’s not your fault that you’re making terrible presentations, the templates, and everyone else is making bad presentations.  But you can do better. If you can keep your slides to 5 words or less, that’s a big step forward.  Oh, and give me the punchline in the title.  Tell me what you want me to see in the chart, not “year 1 financials” but instead “Break even in August”  If you ever have to apologize to the audience for something you put on the screen, then that’s a bad slide.


I stole this idea from Seth Godin's "Really Bad Power Point"