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How Many Slides Should You Have? How Many Slides Do You Need? (Flashback Friday #23)

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Today’s Flashback Article

This week, we’re reaching back to December 2011 to find out how many slides you should have for your next presentation.

This article was written in response to a question from a Six Minutes reader:

Can you provide some guidance on deciding how many slides should be in my PowerPoint presentations? I’ve read that you shouldn’t have too many slides because it distracts from the speaker. But I’ve also read that having lots of slides keeps the presentation fast-paced and prevents boredom. What’s right? How many PowerPoint slides should I have?

Since that day 6.5 years ago, I’ve received this question dozens of times via email and during presentation design courses that I teach. What do you think? Cut slides to avoid distraction? Or add slides to keep your presentation from being too boring. Or could there be a different rationale completely?

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