One of the most pervasive ideas in our world is that a PowerPoint slide has some kind of natural duration.
“I’ve got 10 slides. That’s a minute minimum on each, so 10 minutes.”
We find this idea quite bemusing. Slides are a decent way to support what you are saying, but they are no more than that. If you have been told to put three bullet-points on a slide, then I can see that talking through three ideas would take a minimum time, but even then, why is it a minute?
We came from telly where I never heard anyone say “I’ve got 6 shots in this sequence, that’s 3 seconds a shot – 18 seconds.” Because each shot is just exactly as long as it needs to be to do what it does,
What this idea reveals is a deeply held belief that the slides are the speech. But that’s just wrong. It’s easy to do 100 slides in 5 minutes, or 1. It just depends.
But who told you a slide has a duration? And why wasn’t I invited to that meeting?