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Don’t Just Lean In, Be Someone To Lean On

As the founder and owner of Duarte, Inc., I never had to worry about a glass ceiling because I got to set my own ceiling height. I can’t control every experience — the women on my staff may have felt gender bias from clients or vendors — but I’ve worked hard to maintain equality within the firm. In my journey to success as a female in the Silicon Valley, I never cared for the “support my company because I’m a female” mindset. I don’t want client…


11.04.2008  /  

Scarier than Halloween

The pumpkins and goblins have gone and all that’s left of Halloween is the 2 lbs you gained back from snacking on the receptionist’s candy. Today’s post about the scariest movie I’ve seen in a long time. No, it isn’t the umpteenth incarnation of Chucky. It’s far worse, it’s about our national debt and once you’ve seen it, you’ll agree that few things are more frightening than that!... Continue Reading

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The Secrets + Science of Unforgettable Events

Events aren’t just activities we do; they’re opportunities to create a moment that attendees will never forget. Learn how events impact the success of your business by creating moments that move people to action. Register to watch the webinar and hear SVP Patti Sanchez deliver insights on: \ The science behind why these moments are so persuasive \ Examples of events that galvanize action and enthusiasm \ Four traits that make an event unf…


Visual Storytelling in Organizations

What do new employees take away from their first impression of your company? In most “process-oriented” companies, people’s first impression is usually a binder full of policies, checklists, and forms telling explicitly what to do, and what to not do. In product-oriented companies, new hires might get a sample of your company’s main offering — a new computer, a shiny bike, a delicious box of chocolates — along with that same bi…


Great Speeches: Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Speech

This article was originally posted on 1/29/13 by Nancy Duarte. It’s been more than 27 years since the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Ronald Regan’s subsequent address to the nation is still one of the most well-crafted pieces of communication I’ve ever witnessed. Michel E. Eidenmuller, in his book Great Speeches described the situation: “In addressing the American people on an event of national scope, Reagan would play the role…


Great Presentations are Like Screenplays

A great presentation is similar to a screenplay in several ways: It has a clear beginning, middle, and end. It has an identifiable, inherent structure. The first plot point is an incident that captures the audience’s intrigue and interest. In presentations, we’ll call this a turning point. The beginning and end are much shorter than the middle. This is a form, not a formula. It’s what a screenplay would look like if you could X-ray it and exami…


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Presentation Editing: Critique for Excellence

​Once you have a draft presentation that you’re satisfied with, it’s time for another critique. Don’t wait until your draft is polished and perfect. Accept that the rough draft of nearly anything is just that—rough. ​By putting an early draft in front of your colleagues, you can get feedback earlier, which will help you stay focused and avoid rabbit trails. ​Their input can also help you jump difficult hurdles, like an awkward transition, a part…


In Great Presentations (and Love Poems), Less is More

Our Duarte Gallery featured a series of blackout poems. Specifically love poems, in honor of Valentine’s Day. The blackout style was made famous by Austin Kleon, the author of Newspaper Blackout, “a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.” During a lunch break dedicated to enjoying “Analog Time” we gathered newspapers, magazines, photo copies of novels, lots of Sharpies, and sta…