OK, the comments on my post from 2 days ago showed that I should think a bit more before writing about the last slide in a presentation. Here we go:

1. A good story does not need a slide that says "that was it, please applaud", the story flow in itself should let the audience feel that you have come to the conclusion of your talk. (And what if the audience does not applaud when you ask them to? Awkward.

2. It is good to recap what you discussed though. But recapping does not mean telling the entire story again. Rather think of it what you want people still to remember 4 hours after the presentation. Leave out the buzzwords and the fluff.:
  • "Every teenager sends 3,339 text messages per month.
  • No teenager would want to miss out on our new service"
  • [re-display of stunning key graphic]
  • "Please invest in our 3rd startup that we will bring from PowerPoint to IPO".
Much better than:
  • "The market is big,
  • there is no competition,
  • we have a solid business model,
  • there are interesting exit opportunities in this ever-changing mobile communications landscape that will transform the way young people communicate with each other".
3. It is good to put the "killer graphic" back on the projector, since the brain can anchor an entire discussion/story to an image. People will remember. If you get a lot of questions, this slide will stay on the screen for a long time.

4. Don't say: "I have time for 5 questions". Awkward if there are none, and no questions does not mean a bad presentation.

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