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  1. #1
    Apr 2005
    Section 14-12-7, 3rd PM

    Power Point timing

    I'm preparing a photo essay on a Power Point presentation. I'd like to keep the presentation to around 20 minutes. I'm afraid much longer and I'll start losing the audience. My presentation is getting quite long. I'm to the point where I'm going to have to shorten the presentation or shorten the view time for each slide.

    How long do you think is needed to view a photo slide? At what point do you start wishing the presenter would move to the next?


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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio
    This Bear generally follows this plan.....

    Allow 5-8 seconds per/slide, if it is a photo.
    If it is a photo that you are describing, more time (naturally).
    Assume that there are some slow readers (as in the folks I PP to), so allow at least enough seconds to slowly read verbage.
    If a certain photo is a key part of your PP, consider adding the verbage so it pops on the screen a line at a time.
    If you have graphs, make them as simple as possible. Too much info wrecks a PP graph.

    Just my thoughts.

    Historical preservation gig? Just curious. Good luck.


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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
    Jun 2003
    at the neighboring pub
    You might look at a pecha kucha style presentation: 20 slides @ 20 seconds a slide. You may not be able to cut it that short, but attempting to do so will help you to get rid of unnecessary information and hold the attention of your audience.




    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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