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Presentations can affect decisions at the highest levels of business, but, alas, most presentations fail. Many speakers mystify their audiences with annoying jargon, bore them with banalities and put them to sleep with endless slides. In this beautifully designed volume – though some may find that some of the lovely white space could have been used to add a little more meaty material to the text – presentation expert and graphic designer Nancy Duarte teaches speakers how to employ storytelling and screenwriting techniques to make powerful, effective presentations. Nicely written and featuring eye-catching graphics, Duarte’s manual is instructive, entertaining and often moving. getAbstract thinks her advice can help you become a better storyteller and, thus, a better presenter.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes a great presentation,
  • How to structure your presentation,
  • Why a presentation must tell a story and
  • How to get it to resonate with the audience.

About the Author

Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Inc., wrote the best-selling and award-winning book Slideology. She serves as a TED Fellows committee member and presented at TEDxEast.



Presentation Storytelling

Film director Alfred Hitchcock was fastidious when planning and organizing his films. He coordinated all the complex components of moviemaking: costumes, visual effects, sets, production elements, shot lists, camera angles, scenes and storyboards.

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    Adji Permana 2 years ago
    It is a great work of Nancy Duarte, thank you. This would improve my presentation success...... I believe,
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    Dave Bartek 5 years ago
    ..and Slideology... Nancy helped Al Gore win that Nobel by putting his pitch together.. she can help you too.
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    Patrick Brigger 5 years ago
    Yes. And combine this with the book Steve jobs presentation secrets.
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    Kevin R. Le Melle 5 years ago
    This a great book for someone who wants to make a great presentation. A goog reference book to read.

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