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06.20.2016  /  

The Secret Sauce of Successful Commencement Speakers

It’s that season again. Every time you open a page of news headlines, a social media feed, or a message from a family member or colleague, you stumble across yet another inspirational commencement speech. If you’re like me, you’ve seen enough of them that they’ve all started to blend together. Besides, who has the time […] Continue Reading

Culture / Delivery / Speech Analysis


02.29.2016  /  

Practice Makes Perfect, or what Oscar Telecast producers could learn from watching Leonardo DiCaprio

No more boring speeches. That was the pledge made by producers of the 88th annual Academy Awards when they announced that winners could list their “thanks yous” on ticker tape that would run live during the ceremony. Instead of subjecting audiences to endless lists of agents, producers, and supporting “teams,” speeches could be kept short, […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Event


09.16.2013  /  

Not So Fast, Fast Forwarders — Ads Are Telling Some Great Stories

I’m a self-admitted DVR addict. I don’t like watching programs live because that means I have to watch the commercials. But occasionally – especially during football season – I make exceptions. On a recent Sunday, I was struck by what I saw during the ad breaks. Advertisers have been using television spots to tell stories […] Continue Reading

Message / News / Video


06.11.2013  /  

When Presentations Take on a Life of their Own

Some of the world’s most powerful institutions, including the US military use PowerPoint to communicate ideas. Now, newly released documents have shown that the influence of PowerPoint extends to the United States National Security Agency. Much of the controversy surrounding the NSA’s top-secret Prism program can be traced back to a PowerPoint deck given by […] Continue Reading

Design / Message / News


05.20.2013  /  

Daniel Pink Defines the New ABCs of Selling

Most of us have jobs that require us to move people: whether you want to sell a new innovation, spread a fresh idea, or change the world, you need to convince people to do or think something different. So when I saw Dan Pink’s recent book To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Business / Strategy


03.23.2012  /  

How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Kate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge. In her three-minute address at the Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, she tried to connect with her audience and make a favorable first impression. The Duchess faced a challenge familiar […] Continue Reading

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02.15.2012  /  

Want your data to go viral? Make it visual.

How do you turn an academic report into a viral video? The Rauch Foundation challenged Duarte to solve this puzzle as they re-launched the Long Island Index in January. The Long Island Index aims to reveal the challenges and opportunities facing Long Island through the collection of unbiased data. Like many academic documents, the reports […] Continue Reading

Strategy / Video


01.25.2012  /  

Obama’s SOTU: What Is, and What Could Have Been

Last night President Barack Obama delivered what could be considered the biggest presentation of the year. In outlining his vision for America and his legislative priorities for 2012, the President attempted to persuade a variety of different audiences – including the United States Congress, business leaders and 25 million members of the American public – […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Event / Message / News


12.16.2011  /  

PowerPoint at war – how one soldier changed US strategy in Iraq

US forces in Iraq lowered their flag on Wednesday, officially marking the end of our nine-year military mission. As the final few thousand troops begin their journey home, we celebrate their bravery and mourn the thousands of lives lost during the war.   In a historic moment like this one, we also take the time […] Continue Reading

Delivery / News


08.12.2011  /  

Has the Goon Squad Come For PowerPoint?

When Helen Fielding used a diary to tell the story of Bridget Jones, this stylistic choice seemed logical: the journal format allowed the reader to see the seemingly small details of Bridget’s everyday life. But what if Bridget had written her diary in a very unusual format? In her recent Pulitzer Prize winning novel A […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Delivery