How to Create Visual Documents That Motivate Senior Leaders

Duarte Blog

A few years ago, in an all-hands meeting at my former company, my CEO asked the entire team to suggest ideas on how to get us to our Q1 goal. I was excited to share my ideas with him, and after I did, he responded enthusiastically: “Great!

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What Are the Simple Rules that Help Us Design Better Visual Aids?

Presentation Guru

You don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to create effective visual aids. I have built on the ideas that David explains in his video and added my own beliefs.… … Visuals featured PowerPoint Presentation Design Slide Design Slide Makeover Visual Aids

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6 Design Ideas for a Killer Presentation

Presentation Guru

That means rehearsing your dialogue, practising your nonverbals , knowing your subject matter inside and out, and having solid visuals to guide your audience along.… (This article contains affiliate links).

resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Manner of Speaking

Nancy Duarte’s latest work, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences is such a book. It introduces some important ideas on which Nancy elaborates in subsequent chapters. We have no idea just how far the ripples will spread.

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A simple, 4-step guide to beautifully visualize data in your presentations

PowerPoint Tips

Too many people take data visualization for granted and almost always opt for the bare minimum approach. ” Data visualization isn’t just the process of slapping on a few charts. ” “ How am I going to visualize the purpose in the best way possible?”

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Brain Science Supports More Visual Slides

Professionally Speaking...

visual cues) used instead of, or in addition to, words make information clearer, easier to access and more memorable. That bias can be fed by many forms of visual stimulation – pictures, illustrations, charts, graphs, diagrams, maps, cartoons.

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From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – Finding the Right Images

Presentation Guru

There is an art to finding visuals that support your message. Hours can be wasted searching online image libraries and copying images from google is a big no.

The Power of Visual Information

The Speaker Point

April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About The Power of Visual Information February 2, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments We live in information overload. Great communicators inspire audiences with their clear vision and ideas. Today’s advances in graphic design means we can clarify messages through visual information.

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Visuals are the emotional heart of your story

Speak Schmeak

Even though television is a visual medium, I don''t find most commercials as visually compelling as they could be. There''s also very little originality in how most advertisers are telling and selling their stories. This one caught my eye, however, and I bet you can guess why.

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Are you a visual learner?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

One of the clichés I hear all the time in defense of slides, or in support of adding something visual to a presentation, is the claim that “I’m a visual learner.”    Back in the last century, a bit of pop science proclaimed that there are visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners, and each needed to be catered to.    A great deal of bad pedagogy, not to mention visual aids, has been the result.    Just mostly visual.

Using A Visual Aid During Presentations | Presentation Training Institute

Presentation Guru

Using A Visual Aid During Presentations “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” Source: Using A Visual Aid During Presentations | Presentation Training Institute … Bitesize

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Visual presentation lessons from Alfred Hitchcock

Presentation Zen

Perhaps because Hitchcock began his career working in silent films, the visual mattered more than anything else in his films. Throughout his career, Hitchcock continued to believe in cinema as a visual medium," says curator Mark Duguid. In this sense visual storytelling is 1+1=3 (or.

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150+ Free PowerPoint Slides to Make Great Visually Appealing Presentations


Reusing our 100% editable PowerPoint diagrams and slides can help to save many hours of work per week while you can produce visually appealing presentations. This free SWOT slide can help you to make visually appealing marketing presentations that delight your audience.

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Who Needs a Presentation Designer? You and Here’s Why

Presentation Guru

We recently featured an article with great ideas for designing your own presentations – all made so easy nowadays with the vast range of software available. … Visuals Design Principles featured Presentation Design Presentation Industry Visual Aids Visual Language

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Think BIG to create high-impact presentations

PowerPoint Tips

One way to do this is to think BIG, both in terms of your concepts and your visuals. Big ideas help to inspire people. How to think big in terms of ideas. In terms of ideas, connect: The local to the universal. How to portray big concepts visually.

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Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy

Presentation Zen

The term multimedia literacy and visual literacy encompass many things and borrow from many disciplines. But an understanding of the principles and techniques and "rules" found in the broad field of visual communication are the thing of real and lasting value.

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Want your data to go viral? Make it visual.

Duarte Blog

Luckily, the Rauch leaders were open to new ideas and suggested an RSA-style animation. After the script and voiceover were completed, a team of Duarte designers and producers created visuals to accompany the script and produced a video showing the animation.

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Visual Thinkers Unite!

Duarte Blog

I had the privilege of spending two full days with a handful of widely revered visual thinkers. When we met up at the VizThink conference in February this year Tom Wujec pulled us together to see if we wanted to help him communicate the value of visual thinking to a broader community.

"Visual aids scare me!" How to embrace visual presentations

The Eloquent Woman

One response came from Gail Colborne Gustin , who said " Have the opportunity to work more with visual aids. There's a lot about speaking that scares people, and if you're not familiar with visual aids--from slides to props--you can certainly imagine what might go wrong.

PowerPoint Tip - Ideas for More Visuals

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I have been talking recently to more and more clients about how to get away from text or number filled presentation slides and move towards using visuals to represent the ideas we are sharing. Today's tip is a web based resource that can help stimulate your thinking about what visual could represent the point you are making. The web site is a project from some academics who are studying ways to represent concepts visually and it is an interesting site.

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Visualizing the consequences of sugary drinks

Presentation Zen

Exercise: Visualizing your message to create a change Recently, I have shown this video below to students and trainees. I asked them to think of ways they can make that message more visual and memorable. No one expected a visualization like that.

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Talking clearly & visually about plastic pollution

Presentation Zen

Dianna Cohen does a good job — with no notes at all — of delivering her story in sync with the visuals. She also does a good job of positioning herself right next to the screen so that both the graphics and she are in the viewer's visual frame. Above: Examples of high-impact visuals.

Review: “HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations” by Nancy Duarte

The Presenter's Blog

There are no surplus words, no surplus ideas, and no time is wasted in reading it. Of particular value are the sections on how to put together high quality visuals. The guide gets full marks as an all round primer, with specific focus on presentation visuals.

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"Good" visual examples to get you thinking

Presentation Zen

The video presentations are not perfect, but many of them may give you some ideas for changing the way you present your supporting visuals in your talks aided by slideware. Still, it is an interesting example and may provoke some ideas.

Public Speaking - Visual Humor

Great Public Speaking

These pieces of visual humor are seen in newspapers and magazines in most areas of the world. If you want to use the cartoon or comic strip in a visual, you may need permission from the artist or copyright owner.

The visual transformation of Bill Gates the presenter

Presentation Zen

Many years ago I began pointing to the presentation style of Steve Jobs as a good example of how to present with visuals on a large stage. Even his visuals were better than the usual cluttered and bullet-point filled slides, though they still had a ways to go (pics).

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Visual communication – how to create and use charts for successful executive presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

Say It With Charts: The Executive’s Guide to Visual Communication. audiovisual books PowerPoint visual aids charts public speaking visual communicationGene Zelazny.

Visualizing the Sun Food Agenda with Michael Pollan

Duarte Blog

Duarte had the distinct pleasure of working with bestselling author Michael Pollan to turn his ideas about sustainability and food systems into a visual presentation for the PopTech conference last month. You can see Michael speak sans visuals here and here.

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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Just Cut and Paste

Presentation Guru

Is it ever a good idea to copy/paste text and tables directly out of a publication? In Dr Oliver Hauss’s previous article, he pointed out the dangerous lure of simply reusing slides and, especially, visuals premade for scientific print publications or slide documents.

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SP Tip # 79: Distance yourself from a bad idea.

Executive Speech Coach

Distance Yourself From a Bad Idea There might be times when you want to persuade your audience to change. When presenting, you can use this to your advantage by placing bad ideas, the status quo or the past on your right side.

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What happens when a great idea meets a poor speaker?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Iqbal Quadir, microcredit pioneer with GrameenBank to create GrameenPhone, had a great idea.    Plainly, a great man with a great idea.    He talks about the history of the idea rather than what’s in it for the audience.    They talk about how the idea occurred to them, or developed through time, or evolved.    We want to know why the idea matters to us, and how we can use it. 

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How to … Use Video in Your Presentations

Presentation Guru

If you are in sales or pitching, he has some fantastic ideas for you. In this blog, as part of my occasional “How to…” series, I want to build on and expand his ideas and reflect on the use of video more generally.… … Technology Visuals featured Video

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Presentation Tip: Ideas from the 2013 Presentation Summit

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Every year when I speak at and attend the Presentation Summit conference I come back with great ideas from other presentation experts that I can adapt or use in my own presentations. Lauderdale, FL and in this article I want to share three ideas I picked up at the conference.

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Public Speaking - Visuals

Great Public Speaking

These pieces of visual humor are seen in newspapers and magazines in most areas of the world. If you want to use the cartoon or comic strip in a visual, you may need permission from the artist or copyright owner. It may take what seems to be forever (4-6 seconds) for the idea to sink in. Other forms of visual humor that transcend most cultural barriers are juggling and magic.

Public Speaking - Visual Humor

Great Public Speaking

These pieces of visual humor are seen in newspapers and magazines in most areas of the world. If you want to use the cartoon or comic strip in a visual, you may need permission from the artist or copyright owner. It may take what seems to be forever (4-6 seconds) for the idea to sink in. Other forms of visual humor that transcend most cultural barriers are juggling and magic.

The Visual Thinking Revolution is Here!

Duarte Blog

We are in the midst of a “Visual Thinking Revolution” and leaders in all types of organizations are embracing visual thinking as a literacy of the future. Wide adoption of touch screen tablets and accompanying apps enable easy, real-time, visual capture and sharing of ideas.

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An Effective Slide Begins with a Headline

Presentation Guru

Great headlines go directly to the point of your content, instantly sowing an idea in your audience’s mind and convincing them to listen on.… … Message Visuals Elsewhere on the Web Headlines Making it Memorable Presentation Design Visual Aids

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Making slides more visual

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One idea that had been suggested to me before I started the survey and has been backed up by a strong showing in the survey what the topic of transforming text heavy slide sinto more visual slides. It seems that many people want to have more visual slides but aren't sure how to go about doing it. It is called "Transforming Text Slides into Visual Slides" and shows over 35 slide examples and explains how to create visual slides in 15 different presentation situations.

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3 ways to use images

PowerPoint Tips

You could even leave out the text at the bottom for more impact and just speak out the ideas. Backgrounds Images Slide layout graphics how to use images images impact improve slide design photos PowerPoint slide design visual ways to use images

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The Best Websites to Download Free PowerPoint Templates

Presentation Guru

A beautifully designed template enhances the professionalism and performance of presentations, whether you are pitching investors, presenting ideas to colleagues or making a sales pitch to your target customers.

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Using Word Clouds to Increase Audience Engagement in Presentations


It breaks down the key information in an easy-to-digest manner and complements text with visuals for instant comprehension. Visualizations facilitate the viewer analysis, so that incoming information can be readily transformed into insight.

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PowerPoint Tip: Visual Slide Definition

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This past week I created a new definition of a visual slide that captures where my position is different from some others. Here is my definition: "A visual slide is not the absence of text; it is the presence of a visual that encourages a conversation with the audience." Now some people have stated that PowerPoint slides should never have text on them - visuals only. A visual is not of value simply because there is no text on the slide.

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The Best Way to Explain Complex Concepts – Part 1

Presentation Guru

While we have an entire section dedicated to connecting with your audience, when it comes to helping them understand intricate ideas and concepts, things can get a bit tricky. Albert Einstein once said, ‘If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

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