Why use visual stories in your presentations? Research shows that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than words alone, and while people only remember 20% of what they read, they remember 80% of what they see.

The combined power of engaging narrative and effective visuals is a tried and true way to persuade people. And professionals who persuade people rise faster than their peers, convert more customers than their competitors, and turn ideas into groundswells. Learn the visual storytelling techniques that will help you connect with, convince, and call your audience to action, now.

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Our public workshops are open to everyone. Feel free to come solo or with a group. We host from our Santa Clara HQ, and we travel to other US cities. Contact us if you think we should come to yours.

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Who Enjoys VisualStory Plus?

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Sales & Marketing

If you regularly create content for new or existing decks, why not make it remarkable? This two-day deep-dive into storytelling and visual design will teach you to organize your thoughts and relate to your audience so that your presentations persuade.


Insights, Analytics, Finance

Are you better at populating spreadsheets than you are at visual communication? In this two-day visual storytelling workshop, we can help you gain expertise in content creation and visual communication. You’ll leave being able to persuade even the folks who don’t speak the language of data.


L&D and HR

Look no further if you’d like to strengthen communications writing and visual design across your organization. This two-day visual storytelling workshop will teach your team to distill complex ideas and storyboard them to create presentations that matter.

Who Enjoys VisualStory?

sales funnel

Sales & Marketing

This overview of story principles and visual thinking can help you customize your slides for prospects, customers, and key stakeholders.


Insights, Analytics, Finance

Craft your content more persuasively. Learn the basics of storytelling and visual design to more clearly communicate.


Individual Contributors

Do you write and design slides and want to up your game? Spend a day gathering and applying visual storytelling techniques.

The Choice Is Yours

Price $895
  • Engage your audience by making them the hero of your presentation
  • Create content that is persuasive, even when you’re communicating data
  • Select the best medium for your message
  • Generate unique ideas
  • Organize messages for impact
  • Distinguish a good slide from a not-so-good one
  • Apply visual contrast, whitespace, unity, and flow
VisualStory Plus
Price $1595
  • Analyze your audience, create content, and structure your messages
  • Address resistance and highlight risks and rewards of your idea
  • Employ contrast to capture and hold people’s attention
  • Construct a compelling flow that triggers idea adoption
  • Connect with your audience empathetically
  • Distill and communicate complex ideas
  • Use a visual language to overcome your sketching fear
  • Storyboard ideas so they’re memorable

Decades of Research

We base our workshops on our best-selling books and on our experience working with thousands of clients over 30 years in the presentation business. Sign up for our VisualStory workshop and learn how to stand out.

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We can also bring these workshops to your location.
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Questions & Answers

Have questions about what to expect at the VisualStory workshop?

What’s the difference between VisualStory and VisualStory Plus?

While both courses cover similar material, VisualStory acts more like a summary of principles, while VisualStory Plus allows you to go deep and execute those principles via exercises and activities.

Do I need a laptop?

Nope! We’ll build up your skills by coming up with analog stories and improve visual thinking by manually sketching.

If I’m not bringing my laptop, what should I bring with me?

Virtually nothing! All you need to “bring” with you is an idea for a presentation. That can be one you’re working on right now, one you have to give in the future, or one you gave in the past (and want to see how you’d do it differently now). Once, we even had a woman who took this workshop because she wanted to break up with her boyfriend and needed to plan out what she wanted to say. True story.

Wait, this is a workshop about presentations, and it doesn’t involve slides?

That’s correct.

So if it’s not about slides, what are we learning?

We’ll let you in on a big secret: the best presentations figure out what they are trying to say before the ever enter into PowerPoint (or Keynote or Google Slides or anything else). And, the best presentations leverage story to resonate with their audience. We’ve seen that in business presentations, political campaigns, and societal movements. We’re willing to bet we will see that in your work, as well.

Do I need to be a designer?

Definitely not. If you are a designer, we recommend you check out our Resonate workshop and take a deep-dive into your storytelling skills.

Will there be breaks?

Sure will. You’ll have chances to check your email and stay in the loop. But, overall, we want you focused and engaged throughout the day so you can learn to tell better stories.

Please tell me I don’t have to present at the end of class. Please tell me I don’t have to present at the end of class. Please tell me…

You don’t have to present at the end of class! This workshop is entirely about applying story to your presentation. No presenting necessary (though, shameless plug: we do have a great workshop on how to become a captivating presenter).

My presentations are really heavy in data. Are you telling me I should use story in those, too?

Actually, yes. The numbers themselves are less important than the story they collectively add up to. Maybe the numbers are combining to explain a market trend. Maybe they collectively show the story of why your company’s revenue took off when it did. There’s a story within all that data. This workshop will help you tell it.

What are your cancellation and substitution policies?

Here’s everything you need to know about our VisualStory public workshop cancellation policy.

How can I contact you with questions on public workshops?

Please drop us an email at contact@duarte.com or call us at 650-625-8200.

The shared language and framework from your training gave us the tools and confidence to find and tell our story.”
Rebecca Buck UX Research, Salesforce IoT Cloud

Let’s Connect!

We’ll help you figure out which visual storytelling workshop is right for you and your team. Contact us through the form to discuss onsite presentation skills workshops, public workshops, our ecourse, or anything training related.