Oct 1, 2013

Presentation FAQs: #7 What font size should I use in my presentation?

What is the ideal font size for a presentation? While there is no magic figure, there are two simple approaches which will help you decide.

1. Visit the venue beforehand: This is the best solution. Visit the venue before the presentation and project your slides. Now stand at the farthest place in the room and see if you can read everything 'comfortably'. If not, increase your font size. This option is easier when you are presenting inside your classroom or conference room. If you are 25 years old and your audience might have a few senior citizens, increase the font size further.

2. The 10/20/30 rule: This is a famous rule by Guy Kawasaki (a man who has seen tonnes of venture capital PPTs). According to this Guy, you should have 30 size font in your presentation. If you are presenting in any boardroom on the planet, size 30 will serve you well.

There are three ways you can make a presentation. In person or through video conference or email the presentation. In all these situations, using bigger size font is always a better choice. Most of us are guilty of using small size fonts (because we can see them on our computers).

Small is not beautiful in the world of presentations.

Read more: How to present and pitch. Peter has explained the 10/20/30 rule after #7 (almost at the end of his post).

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