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Too many technical speakers use slides that have fragmented headers. Using fragments makes your work appear disjointed and unorganized.
Instead, use a very short, full sentence at the top of your slide. Doing so is a powerful move. It turns your fragmented thought into a focused summary of a solid technical point. Here’s a quick example.
Poor practice (on the left) is hinting at a subject, while stronger practice actually reveals your subject. But here’s the trick: keep it short! Engineering is about efficiencies and elegance in design. This idea is true for your slides, too.
The idea of using a sentence for the header is a proven technique, and science supports it. Learn more about the technique and its background at a partner site, assertion-evidence.com .
Much, much more can be found about this technique in the book Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields. It is available in the library and in e-book formats.