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Content shortening is important to ensure that the presentation slides aren't too full, wordy and confusing. Shortening material is not just cut various syllables so that a sentence becomes short. However, it is the art of how we can use different simpler words to describe something that used to be explain in paragraphs. Same meaning but different explanation style.

Shorten the time

One of the basic steps to start is to shorten the time we have. For example, if the duration of your presentation is 30 minutes with 30 slides, then each slide will have a 1 minute time. Assuming that your time is cut by half that is 15 minutes, then each effective slide has a quota of 30 seconds. How can you put forward a slide that initially looks quite complicated to be easy to understand? Of course by drawing conclusions and displaying it as the main idea on each slide. This time-shortening technique will be effective to help you in prioritizing which content is most important to display.

Remember the Main Goal

What exactly do you want to convey to the audience? Why do they need to listen? Whatever your goals, the true objective is to make them all understand what you are saying. Therefore, don't make things get complicated. Use general terms and explain in a easy way to understand. If there are pictures showing some technical schemes, you should explain in advance what is the meaning behind the image. Don't let the audience trapped with their complicated thoughts that ultimately make them reluctant to focus on your topic.

Are You Comfortable with Your Slide?

The third step is to put yourself in the audience seat. What do you see? Do you enjoy the slides that you show yourself? Is it too full? Too boring? Next, challenge yourself, can it be shortened? The good news is that because you made it, pretty sure you are the one who know the topic well hence it's easier for you to draw its main conclusions.

Remember, abbreviating material does not always cut words, but how do we draw conclusions from a sentence that is too long. With the same meaning, a basic idea can save minutes from the audience to understand its meaning. Are you ready to shorten the presentation material?

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Disclaimer: this article originated written in Bahasa and being translated using Google Translate hence please understand if there's any mistake of tenses and/or misunderstanding that occurred. Read the original version by switch this web to Bahasa version on upper right button. Thank you for reading!

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