Some readers of my blog have become paranoid to use bullet points in a presentation (a good thing), but there are actually situations where putting 3 short sentences on a page is inevitable, or even a good solution for a slide.

These situations are when you want to express that something has a number of components. Breaking up those 3 advantages and give them one slide each enables you to explain them clearly individually, but the audience loses the overall perspective of how they are related.

In those cases - yes, it happens to the best - I revert to 3 short bullets.  But there are a few things you can do to keep things interesting:
  • A massive visual anchor (like a big 1, 2, and 3) to show that you are talking about an overview slide
  • Really, really short descriptions just to introduce the ideas. The full explanations come in subsequent charts
  • Also, you can deviate from the traditional list and come up with other geometrical shapes ore layouts to make your three (short) points.

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