Sarah Stocker - Mar 20, 2012

Is There A Magic Number Of Slides?

Question: I’ve been told that I should use no more than X# of slides. Is that true?

It depends. If this is a rule coming down from your bosses, then you should follow it. They probably want you to use a specific template for your presentation.

Otherwise, there is no magic number of slides you should use. Just make sure that all of the slides contribute to your goal. If they don’t, eliminate them. By the way, the same is true for the number of bullets per slide.

For more information on what to include in your slides check out Greg’s post: How much detail should be included on PowerPoint slides?

by Sarah Stocker, Trainer and Workshop Coordinator at Turpin Communication

Written by Sarah Stocker

Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.