Do I need a deck?
Josh Elman

Josh is right. At my partner meeting with Greylock I began by holding up a one square inch piece of torn paper and said, “I’ve come prepared.” It had one word reminders of everything I wanted to say.

In any presentation, a deck should just be illustrations that make your story more colorful. You should be able to tell a compelling story without a deck. Whenever I use an actual deck, it just has big photos or illustrations with minimal words. I want people to look me in the eyes when I’m talking — not reading something. Ideally, they glance at my slide and laugh. Humor helps with comprehension and laughter loosens up the room. Have fun!