How do you feel about the “thank you” slide?

By Laura Bergells on

At the end of a presentation, you can say, “thank you.”

Sure, it’s not the strongest close in the world. However, it’s certainly acceptable to say “thank you” if you’re feeling especially grateful or moved.

But a slide that reads “Thank You” at the end of your presentation? That’s weak.

Thank You Slide

A “Thank You” slide takes the focus off the genuine emotional gratitude of the speaker. It reduces authentic warmth to an emotionally hollow visual cliché.

Further, it shows that you assume that your audience will be grateful for your presentation. What if they aren’t? What if they’re hostile to you and your message? And then you go ahead and put up your ‘thank you’ slide while they’re all booing, further antagonizing them with your sarcasm.

What’s your excuse for using a “Thank You” slide at the end of your presentation?

6 comments

  1. I believe there are better things to show on the last projected slide, which do not need to be read, and that can act as useful background while the speaker can thank the audience. I suggest writing your contact details on the last slide, so the audience knows how to get in touch with you. An alternative is a call-to-action, even a simple link to download a useful document from your website.

  2. The thank you slide is just a visual cue for “I’m done, you can clap now”. It’s only needed when the presentation doesn’t have a clear end, which is the actual problem justifying the slide.

  3. I largely agree here with Marcy and Alessandra. I would say that it does serve a purpose but one that could be handled much more effectively. The “thank you slide” (and the “questions”) is the lazy presenter’s way of bringing things to closure (I’m guilty of it, BTW). That is an important mental cue for the listener. They then know that it’s time to stop absorbing and start reflecting or processing.

    I think Alessandra is right in that shifting the audience’s focus from the slides to the speaker by clearing the screen is a great way to make a final personal connection. Or, if you are trying to really end with emotional impact, a compelling picture alone that supports closing comments with a powerful visual could be good too.

  4. I use a thank you slide in certain circumstance and for specific reasons.

    It’s a useful ‘ender’ if you’re in a situation where a new speaker and audience are going to be occupying the room immediately after you finish.
    It’s also useful if you do a false-finish to your presentation, then Q&A and come back with a ‘one more thing’ to round off the talk – in that case a thank you slide indicates that you really *are* finished this time.

    Either way, I only leave the thank you slide up for a couple of moments and automatically transition to a contact details slide.

    (Also my thank you slide reads: “Thagyewverramuch” and I try to say it like Elvis) 😀

  5. Hi Laura, nice subject as the simplicity is quite common nowadays. A simple “Thank You” on a black background written in white on an absolutely amazing and complicated presentation it’s quite amazing in my opinion, I’ve tried to learn my students about the dangers of deep web. As much as complicated the presentation was, the simple “Thank You” note at the end of it will blow everyone’s mind. Of course, on a simple project it would not be wise to also use a simple ending.

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