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06.29.2017  /  

Movie Magic: How to Sync With Your Audience

Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.” As professional “presentation people,” especially ones who love cinematic presentations, Duarte is always […] Continue Reading

Design / Presentations / Storytelling

10.27.2016  /  

How to Illuminate the Future and Inspire Others to Follow

To thrive in the long-term, organizations must continually reinvent themselves to avoid decay and decline. To envision the future is one thing; getting others to go there with you is another. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication, you, too, can turn your idea into a movement. Steve Jobs wasn’t just a founder and driver […] Continue Reading

Business / LinkedIn Influencer / Strategy

10.22.2015  /  

Like Yoda You Must Be

Despite being famously grammar-challenged, Master Yoda has a thing or two to teach us about being a powerful presenter. No, it’s not sharing profound thoughts like: “Always in motion is the future….” (You don’t say!) Yoda’s secret is his role as a mentor. As a mentor, he has vast knowledge – after all he has […] Continue Reading

LinkedIn Influencer / Message / Tips

08.21.2015  /  

Tough Crowd? 5 Ways to Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected

I love it when a new season of Downton Abbey makes its way across the Atlantic every January. But during the torturous months of waiting to see what happens next, I distract myself with a different British program: British Prime Minister’s Question Time. During the weekly session, the British Prime Minister stands in front of […] Continue Reading

Delivery / LinkedIn Influencer / Question

07.14.2015  /  

The 4 Hallmarks of a Good Editor

Getting feedback is one of the most important steps in my creative process. As I’ve described in my books, one of my favorite ways to get feedback is to post my presentations and slidedocs on a wall and let a group of people I trust spend time critiquing them. Seeing the entire thing at once […] Continue Reading

Business / LinkedIn Influencer / Strategy / Tips

05.29.2015  /  

Are You Brave Enough to be Vulnerable?

Sharing a story about yourself makes you vulnerable. Since stories are about transformation, telling a personal story requires you reveal a flaw, error, or a roadblock that was a difficult to overcome. Professionals are nervous to reveal their struggles at their place of work for fear it will open them up to judgment or criticism. […] Continue Reading

Delivery / LinkedIn Influencer

05.18.2015  /  

Elon Musk: Inside the Presentation that Sent Us Abuzz

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sent the technology world buzzing and not just with the announcement of the new Tesla battery, but with, wait for it … a presentation. At least one experienced technology reporter hailed the 18-minute, matter-of-fact, TED-like monologue as “the best keynote I’ve ever seen,” above even Steve Jobs’ 2007 iPhone announcement. And […] Continue Reading

Business / LinkedIn Influencer / News / Speech Analysis / Technology

02.02.2015  /  

Presentation Zen Turns 10!

Garr Reynolds holds a pretty special place in my heart. Many people  think we should be competitors. Instead, we are close friends. In 2005, I was cruising around the web looking at a new phenomenon called blogs. I didn’t have time to write one so I googled “presentation blog” and Garr’s site showed up and […] Continue Reading

Diary / Event / Video

09.23.2014  /  

Everybody Writes: Best Book I’ve Read This Year

I read a lot. But only about once a year do I find a book that really changes me and makes a lasting impact on my life, or my business, or both. One of the most influential was Good to Great by Jim Collins. This year, my OMG-I-Iove-this book is Everybody Writes by Ann Handley. […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Interview

07.01.2014  /  

Strengthen and Sustain Culture with Storytelling

When a new hire joins your company, what do they take away from their first impression of your organization? In most process-driven companies, the first impression is usually a twelve-inch binder full of procedures, checklists, and forms that tell employees exactly what to do, and what not to do. In product-driven companies, new hires might get a […] Continue Reading

Business / Strategy