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10.19.2017  /  

How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations

It can be tricky to display data in presentations because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client. So how do you make the right […] Continue Reading

Design / Strategy / Tips


Dance
09.21.2017  /  

This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing Scientists

From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories. While “dance” nowadays may be predominately associated with “the Stars” or Channing Tatum’s abs, an original group of scientists is bringing the medium back to its storytelling origins. A […] Continue Reading

Culture / Delivery / Presentations / Tips


09.05.2017  /  

6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding

Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distill and […] Continue Reading

Business / Delivery / Presentations / Storytelling / Tips


08.25.2017  /  

Master the Struggle of Working with Executives on Presentations

Executives are b-u-s-y and working with executives on presentations is not e-a-s-y. Their calendar is often fractured into a million pieces, so they have only shards of time to think about their next talk. If the Vulcan mind-meld were a real thing, building a talk for them would be easy-peasy, but it’s not. Instead, you’ll have […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Presentations / Tips / Uncategorized


08.18.2017  /  

Big Meeting Coming Up? Close the Slideshow; Pick Up the SlideDocs

Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. And, like everything popular, they’re also getting some backlash. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse? For internal meetings where the goal is to build consensus, consider turning off the projector. As an alternative to presentations, Amazon starts […] Continue Reading

Business / Message / Presentations / Tips


how to write a call to action that resonates
08.02.2017  /  

The Secret to Writing a Call to Action in A Persuasive Speech

A well constructed and delivered presentation changes minds and ignites action. Yet, there’s a key part of a presentation that doesn’t get mentioned enough—the call to action or CTA—and, a clear CTA creates a critical turning point in your presentation (or any other form of persuasive communications too). The call to action which comes right […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations / Tips


audience in sync
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


abstract pencil writing art
06.13.2017  /  

How (and Why) to Tell Killer Sales Stories

There’s a scene in the British comedy Cemetery Junction that I love because I think it’s a perfect representation of the power of sales stories and storytelling in sales. The scene (set in the 1970s) centers on two door-to-door insurance salesmen, Freddie and Mike, who arrive at a middle-aged couple’s home to sell them a […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Marketing / Storytelling / Strategy / Tips


grand slam commencement speech
05.25.2017  /  

Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

Commencement season is upon us. You know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages for diplomas. And we’re watching the videos. There have been lots of great commencement speeches so far this year. However, there was one speech, in particular, that’s become […] Continue Reading

Culture / Presentations / Speech Analysis / Storytelling


storytelling is everywhere
05.19.2017  /  

4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing focus on brand storytelling. They often describe the common storytelling techniques that creative teams use to stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb? I love that stuff. I can’t even help but joyfully tear up […] Continue Reading

Business / Culture / Marketing / Storytelling / Strategy