Tip #46: No long resumes

Tip 46: Long resumes. The team slide is not the place to provide your resume in a long prose paragraph in small text. Delete that and start again.

Instead include only 2-3 key bullets summarizing your roles and experience, and emphasize their relevance to your ability to execute this plan.

This may seem obvious in the light of “Keep it Simple” and “delete unnecessary words”. Yet a substantial minority of team slides are pictures above blocks of prose. We can’t digest two dense paragraphs of biography, and so narratives lose their steam entirely.

Another chunk of team slides go too far the other way, with just pictures, names, and titles. This can work if you then provide compelling oral testimony about the team, but it’s higher risk. Why not just have some brief bullets to help us remember your team’s qualifications?