How long should your presentation be?

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The first question to answer here is to think about what information you want to convey. One should know that the presentation is what is important, and what you intend to convey. The slideshow is just one part of this equation, the focus should be on the information at the end of the day.

  • Another important fact is that – the number of slides has no difference if you convert more simple slides into fewer complex slides. Always favour simple slides instead of complex ones.
  • Remember that each element should be relevant. If you find that you are keeping some elements (eg. Audiovisual ones) just for show, and that they add length but no value – immediately remove them.
  • If the slides become cluttered, always know that you can use verbal presentation methods instead of on the slideshow.
  • Always consider the time you have, and the speed at which you speak to decide how many slides you should include.
  • Consider the audience and venue. Is it intimate, and therefore a conversational presentation? Or is it a large mechanical one.
  • Treat each slide as if it has its own merits, and don’t discard based on


At the end of the day, there is no right number of slides you should include in your presentation – it all depends on the amount of time you have and the speed at which you can present.