What is the 7 by 7 Rule for PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint presentations are a powerful way of conveying a message to your colleagues, clients, and peers.

The problem is if you do not know how to use PowerPoint in a way that grabs the attention of your audience, you might lose them by the second slide. This is where the 7 by 7 rule comes in handy.

What is the 7 by 7 Rule for PowerPoint?

It is the best way to keep your audience interested in the presentation. All it means is, there must be no more than 7 lines per slide and no more than 7 words per line.

Why 7 Lines Per Slide?

It is to reduce clutter in each of your slides so that when your audience scans the slide, they can easily navigate each point you are trying to make.

Why 7 Words Per Line?

Using the 7-word guideline will help you be specific. You do not even have to structure your sentences, in fact, why not just get rid of sentences altogether?

How to Create the 7 by 7 Rule in PowerPoint

Use the rule to structure the content on the slides in a clean a clutterless fashion. Use each line as a bullet point and the words per line should be mini statements instead of sentences.

Tip 1 – Treat Each Line as a Reference for the Overall Point

Think of it this way – the slides that you are creating are like your personal short-hand notes.

Tip 2 – Don’t make it Obvious, use the Text for a Brain-tease

Instead of using the text on the slides to merely laying out what point of a research study, you can perhaps pose a question or an interesting fact!

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