Too much information makes it difficult to find what you want, to make decisions, and to know what to do.
Susan says, “There is only so much information that the human brain can interpret. Too little is a cause for alarm, too much and the brain just gives up. Both these photos demonstrate the ‘too much’ problem. Many presentations adopt this approach, following a poor logic that more is better. Examples of information overload are long bulleted lists, full paragraphs of text, busy designs with many icons or images. Take this approach and your audience will be defeated by the overload of information. Simple clarity is generally better than complex when presenting. It is best to deliver complex information slowly, slide by slide, than to cram everything into one. Your audience will thank you with their understanding and attention.”
Lucia says, “Look at the bottom left corner of the bottom photo. The confused look on my nephew’s face tells it all. You don’t want to see that look on the faces of people in your audience. Take Susan’s advice. During your presentation, don’t overload them with too much information at once. Be kind to them. Let them take in what you have to say at a comfortable pace.”
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