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PowerPoint Presentations vs. Slidedocs

…oing to slidedocs.com. My books so far have advised people on how to create cinematic, sparse presentations. So, it might come as a surprise to some people to hear me support another use for slide software. But the truth is, slidedocs aren’t new. We’ve actually been creating high-end slidedocs for clients for the past 25 years. Now, we’d like to share what we’ve learned to help you spread your ideas throughout your organization. Slidedocs




Slidedocs: Meeting Documents meet Presentations.

…able ​Really great slidedocs—the ones where smart thinking meets informative visuals —spread like wildfire. They get picked up, reused, and re-expressed. ​If you want your brilliant work populated throughout an organization, slidedocs are one of the easiest ways for your ideas to take root in every department. The Benefits of Slidedocs for Your Audience ​ Space limitations force a slidedoc’s author to boil down the material to its essence. Done…


Perspective

…We did not invent presentations. We simply decided they matter. And we resolved to make them better….


Using Presentation Software to Create Slidedocs

…rs Your information could be consumed ahead of time and the meeting time could be used for consensus building The difference between a slidedoc and a presentation: Pages have more copy and visual explanations than a cinematic presentation Template system uses grids, columns, and full sentences Dense analytical explanations appear throughout slidedocs


State Your Presentation’s Big Idea

…e your Big Idea. At Duarte, we sometimes recommend using Slidedocs instead of presentations. ​Neither dense documents nor sparse slides contain the right balance of detail and scanability to be used as a pre-read or handout. Slidedocs combine the strengths of documents and presentations while minimizing their weaknesses. In presenting the power of Slidedocs, here’s how we would get our Big Idea across. Traditionally, the Big Idea must…


Presentation Skills Improve Communication

…has led organizations to look for a way to fill the gap between long-form documents and presentations. What has emerged are slidedocs. ​A slidedoc is a visual document intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. Slidedocs work for a variety of communication scenarios, from sales collateral to in-meeting reference material. And because of their modular nature, slidedocs can spread your smart thinking throughout your organization….


Dense Slides? Convert them to Slidedocs

…. combined the content from the slides and speaker notes to make a beautiful slidedoc. Before: Dense slide with too much information to project ​The original slides are too dense to be projected, but unable to stand alone as slidedocs. One topic was spread across three slides. After: A Beautiful Slidedoc ​Combining all three slides into one keeps all eleven insights of the end-to-end system on one page. It was important to keep the highlighted…


Presentation Animation, Orientation, and Aspect

…ep a 16:9 version of a template for presentations. More projectors are using the wider aspect ratio which make it great for corporate presentations. Presentation Orientation ​Another possible way to differentiate between the slidedocs and slides is to use portrait mode for slidedocs, which allows it to mimic a traditional document, and use landscape mode for projected presentations. This is not a hard rule, just an optional way to help…