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05.03.2017  /  

6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

“There’s this one guy at my company who…” So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot. The surprising thing about this conversation was the rest of the sentence. “…is way too exuberant when he presents.” Wait, what? Nobody says that. We talked for a while. I explained how to fix […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Presentations / Tips


Nancy Duarte using storytelling in presentation to move the audience
04.14.2017  /  

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted

Do you remember when you first became aware of climate change? For me, it was 2006.  My friends started driving Toyota Priuses. My parents began to buy LED lightbulbs. I started composting my uneaten food. I couldn’t pinpoint why there was a dramatic shift towards environmental consciousness at the time. However, I recently realized it […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Speech Analysis / Storytelling / Tips / Video


Engaging the audience in a presentation
03.31.2017  /  

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have about 30 seconds to make it happen. Recent studies show that the first lapse of attention happens about halfway through that first minute. If you haven’t caught their attention yet, there’s a good chance you’ll lose their focus to their […] Continue Reading

Audience Engagement / Delivery / Storytelling / Tips


Slide Design_Illustration of Magnets on side of human head
03.14.2017  /  

4 Tips and 1 Tool That Will Help You Perfect Your Slide Design

A good presentation depends, at least partly, on good slide design. Surprisingly, if you want to make great presentation slides, it helps to understand a little bit about the human attention span. Let’s start with you. Picture yourself arriving at the last presentation you attended.  You were probably one of many people there and could […] Continue Reading

Design / Tips


02.22.2017  /  

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose. About 6,500 attendees, 95% of them women by my estimate, gathered for talks on diversity, inclusion, women’s issues, careers, and trailblazing/innovating/disrupting/leading change. I left the conference energized and inspired. It also struck me that many of the things that moved […] Continue Reading

Culture


12.29.2016  /  

Duarte.com/edy Vignette #1: Get to the Point

When presenting to executives, there are things that work and things that fall flat. Get to your point quickly, and you’ll avoid the trap that most presenters fall into. See more hilarious presentation lessons at duarte.com/edy or our YouTube channel. Or, send Bob and Finn a quick note on Twitter (@BobandFinn) to let them know […] Continue Reading

Business / Delivery / Duarte.com/edy / Video


11.16.2016  /  

Duarte Launches New Strategy Practice to Help Leaders Spark and Sustain Movements

For the past 30 years, Duarte has played a role in many movements that matter, including its work with Silicon Valley’s leading brands such as Cisco and Salesforce, former Vice President Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” and the transportation revolution led by Hyperloop One. Today, we’re thrilled to announced the launch of a new strategy […] Continue Reading

Delivery / News / Strategy


10.31.2016  /  

Trick or Treat: Costumes, Pumpkin Carving, Harry Potter Hogwarts School Halloween House Will Treat Visitors to Augmented Reality “Wizardry”

At Duarte, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and lets us flex our creative thinking and design skills every year – and this year is no exception. After months of planning, today we get to share our magical creations with our fellow co-workers as well as the broader San Jose, CA community. Kicking things off […] Continue Reading

Culture / Design


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


06.30.2016  /  

East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

After living in New York for most of my life, I knew that moving to the Bay Area would offer an exciting new environment. After making the move, I realize that the changes go far beyond the physical. Before the move, I worked in a private office filled with monochrome furnishings, overlooking a sea of sleek black high-rises […] Continue Reading

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