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Nancy Duarte

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Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. She’s written five best-selling books, four of which have won awards.

“Stories are the most powerful delivery tool for information—more powerful and enduring than any other art form.”
–Nancy Duarte

Duarte, Inc., is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as one of the top woman-owned businesses in the area. Nancy has won several awards for communications, entrepreneurship, and her success as a female executive. On the list of top 250 Women in Leadership, Duarte ranks #67 and on World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals for 2017, Duarte ranks #1. She has been a speaker at conferences and a number of Fortune 500 companies, and counts many more among her firm’s clientele. Her TEDx talk has had over a million views. She speaks at business schools and has lectured at Stanford University several times.

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Inspire Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols

As a leader, you have the same potential not only to anticipate the future, but also inspire those around you to support and execute your vision. Duarte lays out a model to help you lead people through the five stages of transformation using speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols. She will feature organizations who have mobilized people to embrace bold changes. By harnessing the power of persuasive communication, you, too, can turn your idea into a movement.

That Resonates with Me: Using Story Patterns to Influence Others

This groundbreaking presentation details a persuasive way of structuring a talk that connects deeply with an audience. After years of researching literature and cinema, Duarte discovered a hidden story structure inherent in the speeches of the greatest communicators. Her visualizations help you see how to connect empathetically by mapping out the audience’s journey and using the story arc to create a human connection.

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The Secret Structure of Great Talks - TED: From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs' iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action. How to Tell a Story - Stanford Graduate School of Business Create Slides People Remember - Harvard Business Review: Nancy Duarte, author of the "HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations," explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell. Engage with Story - Duarte: Story has played a significant role in all cultures but its adoption into professional cultures has been painfully slow. It's easier to present a report instead of a well-crafted presentation.
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Interviews with Nancy

Use Stories, Symbols & Ceremonies with Nancy Duarte - Lewis Howes, 2016 The Art & Science of Storytelling: Nancy Duarte - CEB Talent Angle with Scott Engler, 2017 Leadership Interview feat. Nancy Duarte - Ron Kitchens, 2017 Catalyst Podcast : Episode 370: Nancy Duarte // James Clair - Catalyst, 2017 5 Brilliant Steps For Crushing Your Next Presentation With Nancy Duarte - StartUpCamp, 2016 Nancy Duarte on How to Create and Deliver Epic Performances - Steal the Show, 2016 Catalyst University Faculty: Nancy Duarte - Ron Kitchens, 2016 Nancy Duarte | Ignite and Illuminate (Episode 558) - Art of Charm, 2016 Ep #16: Presentation Persuasion with Nancy Duarte - Roger Dooley, 2016 Nancy Duarte on Telling Your Story - American Management Association, 2016 Great Presentations Start With Resonance - Duct Tape Marketing, 2015 Nancy Duarte: You Have the Power to Change the World - How She Really Does It, 2015 Episode 03: Nancy Duarte and the Art of Storytelling - Biz Chix, 2014 Enter The World Of Slidedocs With Nancy Duarte - Six Pixels of Seperation – The Mirum Agency, 2014 How to Make More Persuasive Presentations, with author Nancy Duarte - The People and Projects Podcast, 2013 Nancy Duarte on Empathy and Storytelling in Marketing - Success, 2013 Nancy Duarte: Making Remarkable Presentations - Ideation Podcast, 2013 The Art and Science of Content Marketing with Great Presentations with Nancy Duarte - Bright Ideas, 2013 Radio Enso #92 with Nancy Duarte - Blog Talk Radio, 2013 Living Intentionally and Rising Above with Amy Smalarz - Amy Smalarz Podcast, 2013 10 Ways resonate by Nancy Duarte Will Improve Your Public Speaking - Peter Billingham, 2013 018 Project Managers: Create Insanely Effective Presentations with Nancy Duarte - PM For The Masses, 2013 Social Speech Podcast, Episode 8: Nancy Duarte - Social Signal, 2012 How to Crush that Upcoming Presentation - Don Miller's Storybrand Podcast
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Recent Press

60 Great Business and Leadership Books, All Written by Women - Inc., 2017 Google's CEO Doesn't Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You - Inc., 2017 Hey, Finance Leader. Here's How to Stop Being a Poor Communicator - Inc., 2017 When Planning a Presentation, Step Away from PowerPoint! - Inc., 2017 8 Ways to Win Over Everyone in the Office, According to Experts - Money, 2017 How To Get (And Keep) Others Committed To Change - Fast Company, 2016 BOOK REVIEW: *Illuminate* Resonates: Duarte and Sanchez Provide a Communications Map for Venturers and Those In-Transition - Catholic Business Journal, 2017 Ignite change through storytelling - The Globe and Mail, 2016 The Ancient Storytelling Secret That Every Leader Needs To Know - Fast Company, 2016 Nancy Duarte on Leading Others with Stories, Symbols and Ceremonies - Entrepreneur, 2016 How Steve Jobs Used Masterful Storytelling to Motivate Employees - Inc., 2016 Change Is Hard: 8 Great Ways to Make Sure You're Constantly Evolving - Inc., 2016 21 Business Books Worth Reading at Least Once a Year - Inc., 2016 The Key To Being A Good Storyteller? Create An Inspiring Future - Forbes, 2016 3 Traits of the World's Most Powerful Speakers - Inc., 2016 19 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Create An Amazing Presentation - Inc., 2016 Nancy Duarte's pep talk on powerful presentations - MixPanel, 2016 Anne Mandler And Nancy Duarte On Illuminate - Anne Magazine, 2016 Longing To Give A TEDx Talk? 6 Steps To Building Your Readiness (And Your Bravery) - Forbes, 2016 Nancy Duarte on Failure, Bootstrapping, and the Power of Better Presentations - 99u, 2016 '40 Women To Watch Over 40' List Rewards Innovation And Disruption - Forbes, 2015 Trailblazing Women: Nancy Duarte, Principal of Duarte Inc - Huffington post, 2015 8 Master Strategies For Public Speaking - Fast Company, 2015 Nancy Duarte Shares How To Design Your Content So It Resonates With, And Rivets, Your Audience - Forbes, 2015 8 Storytelling Secrets Every Business Leader Should Know - Huffingtonpost, 2015 How Boston Aced Its Presentation to the Olympic Committee - Inc., 2015 Why Storytelling Is So Important To The Future Of Work - Forbes, 2015 How to Create a Persuasive Story Using This Simple Technique [SlideShare] - Agency Sparks, 2015 25 TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Leader - Inc., 2015 4 Hacks to Eliminate Fear of Public Speaking - Inc., 2015 Achieving Presentation Zen - Huffingtonpost, 2015 The Art of Persuasive Storytelling - Huffingtonpost, 2014 Book Written Entirely In PowerPoint Aims To Reinvent How Businesses Communicate - Fast Co Design, 2014 Life Coaches for the Entrepreneurial Set - NY Times, 2014 Slidedocs – A New Concept from Nancy Duarte - FlowVella, 2014 Great Speakers Are Like Yoda, Not Luke Skywalker - Inc., 2014 All New Nancy Duarte Book Slidedocs Shows How Dense Documents and Sparse Slides Can Be Transformed Into Compelling, Visual Content That Is Easily Spread Across an Organization - Market Wired, 2014 The Three Frameworks You Need To Create Powerful Presentations And Tell Compelling Stories - Tom Tunguz, 2014 8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol, 2014 Tips For Techies Who Want To Wow A Crowd - Fast Company, 2014 3 Tips for Getting What You Want Without Offending Anyone - Inc., 2014 Diagrammer launched by Duarte, Inc. – Beautiful Diagrams for everyone to use - Rethink Presentations, 2012 ONCE UPON A BRAND… - Oya, 2013 Litigators Can Learn a Lot About Trial Presentation from Nancy Duarte - A2L Consulting, 2013 Great Presentations: Tips From Great Presenters - Forbes, 2013 The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren’t Sure What’s Coming Next - Fast Company, 2013 10 Ways resonate by Nancy Duarte Will Improve Your Public - Peter Billingham, 2013 What I Learned About Presentations from Nancy Duarte & Co. - John Latham, 2013 People I'm Grateful for #8: Nancy Duarte - Forbes 2012 A Stage Master Offers Lessons In Making Your Speeches TED-Worthy - Fast Co Design, 2012 How To Do Everything Wrong In A Presentation - Six Pixels of Separation, 2012 9 Easy Ways To Create PowerPoint Slides That Suck Less - Forbes, 2012 How to Create a Captivating Presentation - 99u, 2012 10 Steps in Preparing a Powerful Presentation - Vision Room, 2012 FYI: Why Is Bill Clinton So Good at Speaking to a Crowd? - Popular Science, 2012 Mind-Shrink Yourself for Better Presentations - Inc., 2012 Presentation Zen: How to Craft a Presentation with Messages that Stick - Peach Pit, 2012 How to Scale Up Your Service Business - Inc., 2011 Presentation Tips From Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology - Huffington post, 2011 4 Ways to Turn Your Expertise Into a Product - Inc., 2011 Media Relations – Nancy Duarte - UCLA Anderson, 2011 Nancy Duarte: An interview by Bob Morris - Bob Morris, 2011 Interview with Nancy Duarte - Tuts Plus, 2011 Avoiding the Road to PowerPoint Hell - The Wall Street Journal, 2011 6 Ways Social Media Helps Your Presentation Resonate - Brian Solis, 2011 Review: Resonate - Inc., 2010 Nancy Duarte's New Book: "resonate" - Forbes, 2010 Nancy Duarte’s resonate and the Presentation Story Construct - Present Your Story, 2010 How To Deliver Great Presentations - Forbes, 2010 Why we hate PowerPoints -- and how to fix them - CNN, 2010 Nancy Duarte Applies Timeless Principles of Storytelling to Professional and Business Presentations in Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences - Newsroom, 2010 Duarte's convenient truth - Mountain View Voice, 2007 Nancy Duarte’s New Release will Resonate with Readers for Years to Come - Professionally Speaking, 2010 slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations - Washington Apple Pi 2009 Southern Miss College of Business Honors Duarte as Entrepreneur of the Year - University of Southern Mississippi, 2013 BOOK REVIEW - SLIDE:OLOGY BY NA - The Tweed Geek, 2010 Nancy Duarte, and the power of Twitter - Decker Blog, 2008 Helping others grab an audience - LA Times, 2008 Simplify Business Communication - Entrepreneur, 2008 To Appeal to Women, Too, Gadgets Go Beyond ‘Cute’ and ‘Pink’ - NY Times, 2007 Duarte Design helps Al Gore "go visual" - Presentation of Zen, 2006 Kung Fu Secrets of the PowerPoint Masters Most slide presentations are as excruciating as a badly dubbed chopsocky action flick. So we sought help from the black belts of this mysterious craft. - CNN, 2003
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