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We did not invent presentations.
We simply decided they matter.
And we resolved to make them better.

Thought Leadership

We love presentations. We love them because they translate information into inspiration. They transform audiences into movements. They give ideas a chance to turn the world upside down. At Duarte, we strive to create visual, audience-focused presentations that motivate, inspire, and persuade. But more than that we want to elevate the quality of everyday communications and provide the masses with the tools to incite a presentation revolution.

Methodology

The power of presentations is rooted in our craving for human connection. When two or more people come together to exchange ideas, something bigger is born: a shared experience that aligns their minds and moves them forward with unified momentum.

Yet most presentations fall short of this promise, and so we dedicated our lives to making them better. For the past 25 years, our designers, writers, thinkers, and doers have put presentations of all shapes and sizes through the mill. We studied their structures to see what made the best ones tick. We sought inspiration in film, fine art, literature, and rhetoric. And we codified it all in a VisualStory™ methodology designed to shape ideas into presentations that shift audience beliefs and behavior.

Empathize

In the theater of presentations, the audience is the hero and the presenter is the mentor. Learn what moves audiences, find common ground, and inspire them with a compelling reason to change.

Engage

Story structures are inherently persuasive. Craft a narrative that uses proven techniques from oratory and storytelling traditions to ignite excitement, overcome resistance, and motivate action.

Visualize

If people can see what you’re saying, they’ll understand it. Use visual thinking and smart design to conceptualize your ideas and convey information clearly and powerfully.

Activate

A potent idea packaged well takes on a life of its own. Invite interaction and accelerate the reach of your ideas with presentations that spread content across multiple channels.

Communication Experts

Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez are master communicators. After hundreds of hours of research, they’ve discovered the five stages of every transformation. In addition to their research together, they have individually studied and mastered the art of persuasive communication. Each
provides the right mix of education, inspiration, and
practical advice to inspire their audience.

Nancy Duarte

Nancy’s passion for creating compelling, persuasive communication inspired her to help others tell stories that spark meaningful action. Her journey from failing a college course in public speaking to leading an agency that is
re-imagining the presentation medium has
taught her many lessons on how communication can change the world. Audiences leave inspired and armed with tools to transform their communication.



Press + Speaking Engagements

Patti Sanchez

Patti is a gifted writer, but her true passion lies in helping other communicators create authentic, empathetic connections with their audiences. Applying insights from her study of psychology, persuasion, and our world’s most effective leaders, Patti helps speakers understand the inner workings of the human mind and heart, and then uses that knowledge to craft persuasive communication that instigates action.



Press + Speaking Engagements

Create Connections

Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols


As a leader, you have the potential to not only anticipate the future and invent creative initiatives, but to also inspire those around you to support and execute your vision. Illuminate lays out a plan to help you lead people through the five stages of transformation using speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols.


Books

Decades of presentation mastery from cover to cover. Learn the secrets of story, design, and delivery from the kings of the craft. We don’t care if you write in them, dog-ear the pages, or loan them to friends—the only thing that should be collecting dust is your competition.

Slidedocs

Fill the gap between long-form documents and presentations.

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

Inspire action. Engage the Audience. Sell your Ideas.

Slide:ology

The art and science of creating great presentations.

Resonate

Present visual stories that transform audiences. Available in print and digital formats.