14 Words on a Slide

April 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm 4 comments

Originally uploaded by Peter Bromberg


In response to presentation at Computers in Libraries where a NEW RULE was handed down from on high: “NO MORE THAN 10 WORDS ON A SLIDE”

Um. No.

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  • 1. watzabatza  |  April 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I am not genius enough to handle it. :-Dc

  • 2. Lisa Coats  |  April 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I’m confused…is 10 even too much? Yikes, I’m in deep trouble. (12 words!)

  • 3. Peter Bromberg  |  April 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hey Lisa,

    I was kind of suggesting that the “no fewer than 10” rule is ridiculous. Use 50 words if that’s what it takes. As I discussed in my TTT talk, I think you can use bullets/numbers, bolding, indents, color, etc. to make a good deal of text easily scannable, and easy to absorb. A supporting image helps.

    Matt Hamilton (aka the brewinlibrarian)
    just sent me this link (http://www.managementconsultingnews.com/interviews/atkinson_cliff_interview.php
    to an interview with Cliff Atkinson who wrote
    Beyond Bullet Points.

    Great information here! In response to the question, “What’s your view on how much information should be placed on a single PowerPoint slide?” Atkinson replies, “Actually the question should really be: How much information should be presented, both verbally and visually, given the time constraints of a presentation?”

    I think I’m going to re-read this more than few times… 🙂 (Thanks again Matt!)

  • 4. julie  |  April 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    the point is to be engaging with your topic and your audience. not to use your ppt slides as your notes. do use them to back up what you’re saying, or for visual interest that (might) relate to what you’re saying. if you want your preso to be useful online, then make your notes public too.

    it’s hand to ask yourself one question: would you want to sit through your preso?

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