Then you don’t need to include the kitchen sink.

There seems to an ingrained human instinct to fill slide files with lots of stuff. Stuff that might not really be needed but is thrown in anyway, just in case. In other words, kitchen sink slides. Maybe it’s a third option that needs to be added to the proverbial fight or flight stress responses.

It’s a perfectly understandable response that can be necessary and useful when you are initially drafting a presentation. Just make sure that before you actually use the deck, you define exactly what the presentation needs to accomplish and ruthlessly remove every slide that doesn’t make a definite contribution by moving it closer to that goal.