Rethinking the Thank You Slide
You have just gone through a powerful presentation.
You have created a compelling case for your idea. Now, it is time to wrap everything up with one final slide.
Usually, the last slide features an over-used clipart and the words thank you. It’s time to rethink the thank you slide and make it more useful!
Leave a Strong Impression
People have short memories. Often, the one thing they will take away from your presentation is what you showed them last.
Is “thank you” the one take away you want your audience to leave with?
Often your last slide will remain up on the screen while you are answering questions and while everyone is transitioning after the meeting.
Your last slide may be the one that people spend the most time looking at.
You cannot afford to waste this opportunity. You need to leave your audience with something more than just a generic thank you.
#1 Call to action
Leave your audience with a task. If you want people to do something one of the most effective ways to get them to execute is to tell them what you want them to do.
Since the call to action will be on the last slide, they are more likely to see it and remember it. You could also give the audience a way to download a free eBook or access additional information.
People may not remember what you said in your presentation. But, they will remember how you make them feel.
Use your last slide to lift everyone’s spirits. Put an inspirational quote or a powerful visual that ties in with the theme of your presentation.
#3 Repeat key information
What do you want to make sure everyone remembers? If you are pitching investors you may want to make sure they remember the three things that make your organization unstoppable. Use your last slide to reiterate a few key messages from your presentation.
#4 Contact information
One of the safest things to do with your last slide is to simply leave your contact information. Make it easy for people to get in touch with you.
Creative and Inspiring Ending Slides
No time to create your own awesome ending slide? No worries, just download these free resources that will make it easy for you to have professionally designed slides that communicate much more than a simple thank you.
Further reading: Delete the Thank you slide – How to end your presentation