The bare minimum! Just because you can type text on a PowerPoint slide, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Read more for my number one, don’t break rule of creating an effective slide.
I’ve seen elaborate equations for the amount of text that should be on a slide screen that follow the “If Y = X, then T + Z/R – V” model. Confusing! Forget the math and stick with the simple. What is the purpose of presentation software, such as PowerPoint? It’s a visual enhancement for your presentation. How visual is text? Not very. Leave the words for the handout and follow this simple rule: Look at each slide and for every word you see, ask if a photo could more powerfully convey the message and enhance your communication. Nine times out of 10, there’s a picture that truly is worth a thousand words.
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