Clean slides are good! Remove surplus text, charts & mess.

Clean slides are the way forward! 

PowerPoint so willingly lends itself to the insertion of information, lots of information: charts, bullet lists, and dense blocks of text. But as we all know, more is so often NOT more, especially when it comes to data on slides. More is, in fact, depressing. More is exhausting. More makes you realise you need new glasses. So today I urge you all to please just “keep it clean”.

Being presented with a slide full of charts, graphs or dense blocks of text is hard work, and guaranteed to make hearts sink. Presentations should not be hard work: they should be enlightening, stimulating, engaging and fun.

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One of the simplest ways to transform your presentations from heart-sink to happy is to keep your slides clean of unnecessary words and data. Make one, simple statement on each slide and use the remaining “space” for a visual that explains and clarifies. And that’s it.

Don’t be tempted to “use the space” by filling it with graphs; no-one will be impressed with your excel skills if they’re asleep. And most certainly don’t fill the slide with words. If there are some words that need saying, then say them out loud. Your audience can read in their own time, but they’ve come to the presentation to hear from you.

So, don’t be daunted by those wide open spaces on your slides: embrace the minimalist aesthetic and let less be more. Clean slides rule. Your audience will thank you for it… they might even like you more.

You may find these blogs useful for other ways to clean up your slides:

7 ways to avoid bullet points (try these simple design alternatives)

Visual information in PowerPoint

10 Design Tips for PowerPoint slides