On your slides that is.
I've been thinking about presentations a lot recently. Partly because I had some to give and partly because I know mine could be better. Much better. So I did some reading,* and thinking. And reading. Then wrote/prepared/crafted a brand new talk. It's debut seemed to go pretty well.
What have I learned? A lot that I should have already known, including keep your slides very, very simple. Or at least as simple as is reasonable. And, perhaps more importantly...
Words are not your friend.
Just the opposite.
The audience is there to listen to you, not read. The more words you have on your slides, the less attention they're paying to you.
So go delete some words.
Get to know your slides really, really well so YOU don't need the words.
Go back and delete more words.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
My latest presentation? Fewer words on the slides than slides themselves.**
** Not counting the acknowledgements. That's not somewhere you necessarily want to skimp on words.