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Thank You slides in PowerPoint
- avoid them!

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments · Bad design, Bad PowerPoint, PowerPoint

How do you end a presentation? I absolutely hate Thank You slides. Some people feel the need to end a talk with Thank You slides but a black slide and a spoken “Thank You” is much better, in my opinion. A graceful conclusion is very important if you want to make a big impact.

The slide below is bad for several reasons: it says Thank You, uses a horrible font in multiple colors (Word Art, I assume) and has crap clip art in the form of crayons. I have no idea whose slide it is but it’s so generic and so many people use these horrible slides it really doesn’t matter.

My advice? When you get to the end of your presentation just say Thank you for your attention or Thank you and leave it at that. Use a black slide to end your presentation then it is very obvious to the audience that you have reached the end of your speech. Try it, lose the chintzy slide and start improving your presentations.


Addendum: I have just noticed that the Impact Factory agrees with me that the End is just the beginning. What you say last, and how you say it, is the most important part of your presentation. They run courses on presentation skills and have a page devoted to the ending. Their link is here.

I have written an update to ending a presentation which is posted here.

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