Should you reveal all your bullet points at once?

When it comes to mastering presentation skills, understanding the nuances of PowerPoint can make all the difference. Whether you’re delivering a sales pitch, a training session, or a keynote address, knowing how to effectively use PowerPoint can enhance your message and captivate your audience. Presentation skills training courses offer invaluable insights and techniques to help you elevate your presentations to the next level.


The question is: PowerPoint Tip – Do I reveal points one at a time, or should I put the whole slide on at once?



By carefully considering whether to reveal points one at a time or all at once on your slides, you can tailor your presentation to best suit your audience’s preferences and engagement levels. The reveal option can generate anticipation and maintain audience focus, especially when paired with compelling visuals. Additionally, transforming bullet points into individual slides with striking images can create a more dynamic and visually appealing presentation.


The answer: Half the people in your audience will like points to be revealed one at a time. The rest will prefer you flash all the points up at the same time and then go through them one by one. There is no strict rule. My rule is to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your audience, not what’s best for you!



Here are some tips

In my experience, the reveal option can work because it creates what’s known as ‘response potential’ (that’s when the audience is thinking ‘what’s coming next?’) and it also prevents people from racing ahead of you.



The reveal option only works with three points per slide because otherwise, the constant ushering-in of a new point will become monotonous and could trance your audience.

Another idea for you to try if you’ve got a number of bullet points is to turn each bullet point into a slide with the bullet as the heading and a fabulous, evocative image taking up the rest of the space on the slide, just like I’ve done here.


It means you have a lot more slides, but the good thing about this approach is that each slide is working for you, not against you.


And an added benefit of this approach is you don’t need to move out of the way, because they can see it behind you. This is how keynote speakers do it. It works.

If you are seeking guidance on structuring your message and creating impactful slides, presentation skills courses provide personalised instruction and practical strategies.


So, why wait? Invest in your presentation skills today and unlock your full potential as a persuasive communicator. 

If you have no idea how to structure your message and then create amazing slides that truly ‘aid’ your business presentation, then please come and work with me either one-on-one or in my Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass.


With the right techniques and presentation skills training, you will confidently deliver presentations that inspire, inform, and influence your audience – all with beautiful slides!

Happy presenting!


Image: Michelle Bowden delivering a dynamic presentation to a large audience, with a compelling slide displayed on the projector screen.

MICHELLE BOWDEN is an authority on persuasive presenting in business. She’s run her Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclass over 995 times for more than 13,000 people over the past 25 years and her name is a synonym for ‘presentation skills’ in Australia. She’s a multi-million-dollar pitch coach to her client list that reads like a who’s who of international business: banking and finance, IT, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications plus many more. Michelle is the creator of the Persuasion Smart Profile®, a world-first psychological assessment tool that reports on your persuasive strengths and weaknesses at work, the best-selling internationally published author of How to Present: the ultimate guide to presenting live and online (Wiley) and her new book is called How to Persuade: the skills you need to get what you want (Wiley). Visit

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