What people hate about your slides

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What do audiences hate most about your slides? Good to know if you've got a preso coming up. Based on a sample of 406 respondents, survey conducted by Dave Paradi.

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What people hate about your slides

  1. 1. TOP 3 PROBLEMS WITH TEXT SLIDES
  2. 3. SLIDE TEXT OVERLOAD
  3. 4. Rank the things that annoy you most about presentations Rank the things that annoy you most about presentations
  4. 5. 406 RESPONDENTS RESPONDENTS
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  6. 9. Cheesed-off-ometer Cheesed-off-ometer
  7. 10. Speaker reads the slides
  8. 11. Speaker reads the slides 67.4% 67.4%
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  10. 13. Here is a very important slide with a very important heading <ul><li>This is the first point I want to make on this slide; it’s quite lengthy, but I’m sure you’ll bear with me as I plough my way through it. </li></ul><ul><li>This is point number two </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which has two (2) sub points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just to ram the idea home for those of you who have been rendered brain-dead by my slides thus far </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And … wait for it … here’s the third point in my series of interminable, babbling mumbo-jumbo, which I am going to liberally lace with jargon and TLAs! </li></ul>
  11. 14. Here is a very important slide with a very important heading <ul><li>This is the first point I want to make on this slide; it’s quite lengthy, but I’m sure you’ll bear with me as I plough my way through it. </li></ul><ul><li>This is point number two </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which has two (2) sub points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just to ram the idea home for those of you who have been rendered brain-dead by my slides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And … wait for it … here’s the third point in my series of interminable, babbling mumbo-jumbo, which I am going to liberally lace with jargon and TLAs! </li></ul>Presenter uses full sentences instead of bullets on the slides
  12. 15. Here is a very important slide with a very important heading <ul><li>This is the first point I want to make on this slide; it’s quite lengthy, but I’m sure you’ll bear with me as I plough my way through it. </li></ul><ul><li>This is point number two </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which has two (2) sub points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just to ram the idea home for those of you who have been rendered brain-dead by my slides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And … wait for it … here’s the third point in my series of interminable, babbling mumbo-jumbo, which I am going to liberally lace with jargon and TLAs! </li></ul>45.4% 45.4% Presenter uses full sentences instead of bullets on the slides
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  14. 17. WHY DO PRESENTERS INSIST ON MAKING THEIR PRESENTATIONS INTO AN EYE TEST FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM?
  15. 18. WHY DO PRESENTERS INSIST ON MAKING THEIR PRESENTATIONS INTO AN EYE TEST FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM? Using text that is too small to read easily
  16. 19. WHY DO PRESENTERS INSIST ON MAKING THEIR PRESENTATIONS INTO AN EYE TEST FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM? 45.0% 45.0% Using text that is too small to read easily
  17. 20. TOP 3 PEEVES Source: D. Paradi, Visual Slide Revolution , n=406 67.4% 67.4% Reads slides Reads slides 45.4% 45.4% Sentences Sentences 45.0% 45.0% Tiny text Tiny text
  18. 21. But I’m such an expert on my subject that the look-&-feel of my talks doesn’t matter! But I’m such an expert on my subject that the look-&-feel of my talks doesn’t matter!
  19. 22. Good luck with that approach … Good luck with that approach …
  20. 23. 406 RESPONDENTS RESPONDENTS
  21. 24. … and let us know how it works out for you … and let us know how it works out for you

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