The 10/20/30 rule for Powerpoint

Guy Kawasaki writes about his 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint. Summarizing:
  • 10 slides
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 point font size
But read the article, it's ok - it's short.
When Microsoft Office 2000 came out my favorite feature was that PowerPoint's notes were finally first class objects. In other words, your slide notes could could be spell checked, have bold font, lists, unlike previous versions of PowerPoint. I try to make my bullet-points on the slides just a few words, used mostly to remind me what to say next. The real presentation was in the presentation notes. I also put in extra stuff in the notes that I thought was too detailed for the presentation, but if someone asks I could always stop the presentation and look at the notes. I'd also keep the notes in case I had a "brain fart" as my friend used to say - where one would freeze and not be able to think straight.
My tips for presentations: less is more, anecdotes are king, charts and diagrams illuminate, and jokes make the time pass more quickly.


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