What is "Hard" slide? Let me first explain an "easy" slide. An
"easy" slide is a slide where you can easily communicate your
message with a photo. For example, when you want to impress
your audience with the likelihood of future college graduates,
you can use the slide above.
When you display this slide, every parent is paying
attention and thinking "how cute". This slide is "easy"
because it is easy to find a photo that conveys your
However, when you are faced with conveying statistics and
trends, you are faced with "Hard" slides. The natural
tendency is to put up a chart or a data-intense spreadsheet
which leads your audience straight into snoozeville.
The key to communicating statistical information is to keep
your slides simple. Only display the important information and
Answer this question before you create your slide "What
point am I trying to make with this slide?" This answer will
guide you through a slashing process to eject the
less-relevant data and focus on the data you need to support
Also, be constantly aware that colors don't always display
through a projector the way you see them on your computer
monitor. Always test your presentation through a projector
first, otherwise your green and yellow contrasts may
surprise you and confuse your audience.
In summary, when you are faced with designing the "Hard"
slides, follow these pointers:
1. Answer the question - What point am I trying to make with
2. Keep your charts simple.
3. Fewer data points and less information helps your
audience understand your point.
4. Rehearse your slideshow through a projector, just in case
your projector changes your color scheme.