It’s easy to get carried away when you assemble a slide presentation, but here are four questions you can ask yourself before you finalize your next set of presentation slides:
Will I say to the audience, “I know this slide will be difficult to read for those of you in the back?” Most times, if your slide is tough to see in the back of the room, it’s tough to see in the front too. If there’s a chance that people can’t see your slide contents, redesign it. Once you’ve got people squinting at your slides, you lose their attention.
What is the central point of focus? Your slides are intended to reinforce (and clarify) your message. So, look at each slide to examine how each one performs that important role. Can your audience see the image or text you’ve chosen, understand the concept, and focus their attention back to you–the messenger? Our minds wander during presentations, so keep each slide focused on the most important idea you’re conveying. Once you’re done, move on to the next idea and slide. You don’t want me ruminating about the meaning of the bubble called “willingness to speculate,” when you are talking about the bubble called “goals and values”