Carla is a graduate of Tero's IMPACT presentation skills workshop. She asks "In my technical presentations, sometimes I have a lot of information on my visuals. Is it ever okay to break the 3 x 3 Rule?"
Tero's 3 x 3 Rule, which suggests no more than three words per line and three lines per visual, is a guideline when developing slides to support presentations.
It reminds presenters that audience members cannot listen attentively if they are trying to read your busy slide.
Including more detail may be necessary occasionally. When presenting a detailed slide, devote additional time, incorporate silence and consider providing a handout.
Above all, don't apologize. If the detail is truly important, it is a gift.
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