Why You Shouldn't Use a Thank You Slide (And What to Do Instead)

Why You Shouldn’t Use a Thank You Slide (And What to Do Instead)

By Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah | Blog Post

Apr 25
Why you should not use a thank you slide and what to do instead

Almost like an unspoken rule, people will almost always end their presentations using one slide with the words “THANK YOU” or “ANY QUESTIONS?” plastered all over.

It’s understandable why presenters opt for such an approach. At its core, a Thank You slide highlights gratitude towards an audience that took the time to listen. It even allows for a presenter to foster an environment where questions are asked and answered.

Harmless, right?

Wrong.

Ending your presentation with a Thank You slide is a typical, mundane and lazy approach that could end up costing you a lot more than you think.

The Problem with a Thank You Slide

Realize that the final slide is your last chance to leave an everlasting impression. If you merely use a slide that wishes your audience well, you’re signaling the end of your relationship with the people that took the time to listen to you.

Think about it. What sort of value are you bringing to the table by saying thank you? You’re not telling them anything useful, nor are you setting the stage for anything productive. All you’re doing is being polite because, let’s face it, you kind of have to be.

It’s time for you to delete the dreaded Thank You slide and opt for a far more creative approach.

The best way to conclude your presentation is to design a slide that is completely aligned with your presentation’s goals. You need to review the content of your message and look for a way to tie everything together in just one slide.

Confused? Don’t be. In this post, I’m going to show you some of the best ways to conclude your presentations. You’ll never have to use a Thank You slide again.

Conclude With a Call-To-Action

A call-to-action (or CTA) is the use of an image, line of text, or both, that prompts people to take a particular action.

Positioning a CTA as the final slide in a presentation is a handy way to make sure the audience can build on the content you communicated.

A call to action slide telling an audience to visit a website

If you’re opting for a CTA approach, then go for something specific, creative and straightforward. Avoid generic phrases like “Tell me what you think” or “Be sure to ask about our product.” These sort of statements tend to lose their appeal quite quickly.

Finish with a Summary

Summaries are awesome. Not only do they help reinforce your message, but they’re also great for going over the main points of your presentation.

A simple slide summarizing the key points of a presentation

When designing a summary slide, be sure only to ONLY capture the key points you want to be reiterated. I can’t stress this enough. I’ve seen summary slides that were filled with paragraphs, making the entire thing irrelevant.

Also, avoid using bullet points. They’re tacky.

Close with a Quote

Closing your presentation with an inspirational quote helps emphasize the core components of your message. Heck, even science agrees that the right quotes can compel people to do amazing things.

Personally, I love quote slides. Half of the work is already done for me (since I’m not exactly coming up with any original content), and all I have to do is beautify the slide.

A quote slide featuring a quote from Obama: "We rise and fall as one people, one nation."

Closing with a quote can also set the stage for a discussion. Ask your audience how they interpret the quote you ended with, then compare their responses to what you presented. Some of the answers may even surprise you.

End It with Your Contact Information

I’ll admit, ending a presentation with your contact information seems like a dull thing to do. But making it easier for audience members to contact you could be quite useful, depending on the context.

A slide showing contact information including an email, website and telephone number.

It’s almost like you’re projecting your business card on a big screen.

Summing Up

Thank You slides suck. Delete them and never look back. Use the more creative methods outlined in this post instead, and finish your presentation with a bang.

By the way, have you noticed I used the “Finish With a Summary” technique to conclude this post? That’s saying something.

Thoughts?

What are your thoughts on Thank You slides? Do you think they’re valuable? Why or why not? Let me know by dropping a line in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

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About the Author

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.

  • I agree, no Thank You slides! Also, no Agenda slides that just say Agenda at the top. Instead, say something about how you’re excited about the topic and then list the sub-topics.

  • Yoyo says:

    Ellen, 100% agree with you! Excitement is everything these days.

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