​Beautiful, minimalistic, cinematic slides don’t have enough information in them to stand on their own as a document when distributed. In fact, when slides travel around with only an image and a handful of words, the readers have to fill in far too many blanks to understand their meaning. As you embrace simplifying slides, this is an unexpected negative side effect.

​Slides are a backdrop for the spoken word, not rich in content themselves. Their vagueness leaves room for a recipient to make up what was said, develop inaccurate conclusions, and misconstrue the meaning.

​As presentations are passed along without the presenter, important information is lost. Data is dropped that helps make your case.

​The same is true when distributing slides on platforms like SlideShare. The slides need to be self-explanatory and clear, because metaphorical concepts are open to interpretation. Create presentations in notes view so readers know what you said to your slides.

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