There’s a powerful Blaise Pascal quote on brevity that translates to – “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
I thought about this recently as I compared two presentations. One of them was a rush job and contained far too many slides. The other was carefully put together and packed more insight and impact despite having a third of the slides.
In both cases, the effort (or lack of it) showed.
Simplicity is often a leading indicator of competence.