The Ideal Length for PowerPoint Headlines on Your slides!
How long should a headline be on a PowerPoint slide? This is a question PowerPoint professionals get asked all the time, and it’s difficult to give a definitive answer.
In this short article, we’ve summarized two tips for you on how to figure out the perfect length for your headlines.
Tip #1: 🧠 Pay attention to the attention span
Put yourself in your audience’s view and think about their attention span. Think about how much time you want your audience to spend reading your slides.
The answer should be pretty clear – the shorter the better!
PowerPoint presentations referring to groups always carry the risk of losing attention quickly. Your audience will quickly become distracted and digress. Try to avoid this and capture the attention of your audience by keeping your headlines short and to the point.
On the other hand, if you are speaking to a group of people who are very attentive, you can afford to be a little more detailed. However, tend to keep it shorter.
Tip #2: 📏 The ideal length for your headline
Research has shown that the ideal length for headings on PowerPoint slides is 6-10 words.
This is just long enough to get your message across without being too wordy. If possible, don’t use longer headings. Lengthy and complex word combinations are often hard to grasp and will turn your audience off right at the beginning of your presentation. Don’t risk losing your audience’s attention by using more words!
It’s been proven that 6-10 word lengths are more engaging for your audience. So not only will they remember your message better, they’ll be more likely to act on it. So go for short headlines to bring interaction into your presentations.
Keep these two tips in mind and your audience will thank you.
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