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10/20/30

I’m giving a presentation in a couple of days. As typical, I’m using PowerPoint. (Can you give a presentation without using PowerPoint?)

I have a lot of experience with PowerPoint, from both sides of the projector. Some foils are interesting; others are eye charts.

Guy Kawasaki has a 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint:

  • No more than 10 slides
  • No more than 20 minutes
  • No font smaller than 30 points

I like it! I even created my slides using these rules. Unfortunately, the person managing the presentation didn’t see the wisdom of nine slides having only a word or two each. I guess it makes sense; I think the slides will be given as handouts afterwards.

Which makes me ask: why not use different slides for the presentation and handouts?

For an example of using more than ten slides, watch Dick “master of the clicker” Hardt at OSCON 2005.

By Brent Logan

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