Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Confucius once said: study the past if you would define the future. So, before everyone headed out on holiday vacations, we asked a few Duartians to tell us what they saw in the presentation industry during 2017, so that we all could better understand what 2018 holds. From an inclusion of more personal stories, to […] The post Presentation Industry Trends to Watch in 2018 appeared first on Duarte.

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • This post was updated January 15, 2018. Thanks to the proliferation and growth of social media and live video today, nearly everyone has a public platform that they can use to convey a message to a large audience. It’s possible to see more clearly than ever who can give a talk that moves people and […] The post Communicate Like MLK and Change the World appeared first on Duarte.

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Duarte, Inc.
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  • In 2017 I took 131 flights to lead 58 workshops. I spent close to 100 nights in hotels. Yes, it was exhausting, but also worth it because of the success stories I heard from clients. People don’t get smarter as the result of our workshops. They simply become better communicators.  I see our workshop attendees […] The post How My Wife Created A Powerful Professional Poster appeared first on Duarte.

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • There’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.” That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. “care”) you can give people information that truly matters to them. If […] The post How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations ...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • “Every industrial revolution is defined by trailblazers. We’re in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a wave of innovation and technology, radically transforming our economies, societies, and lives.” These words opened Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2017 as 171,000 live attendees and 10 million online viewers sat in awe taking in the video of trailblazers and the technologies they created […] The post Drea...

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Duarte, Inc.
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  • I’ve spent much of my life working in sales. That’s meant lots of time flying or driving on the way to meet a client. Typically, we’d meet in conference rooms; if things went well, we’d do dinner. No matter what, we spent time face-to-face. If I made a meh first impression (it happens), I’d sometimes get […] The post How Communication Training Leads to Superstar Teams appeared first on Duarte.

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Duarte, Inc.
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  • It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re looking at your numbers, and you’ve finally realized that your team just isn’t performing well. Marketing leads are down, sales numbers are off, and customer satisfaction scores are flagging, too. This time, it’s not just a fluke or a blip caused by some outside factor that you can’t control. You’ve […] The post The Right Story at the Right Time: Motivate Yo...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Does the future live only in the greatest minds? That is the question posed at the opening of the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2017, followed by cinematic and awe-inspiring images of technological advancements over times like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Great Wall of China. Audience members were transported through the ages as thunder cracked, […] The post A Case Story: Teradata | T...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. The first speaker started off with interactive exercises, he was entertaining, and overall, he was a hit. The second speaker launched in with a more traditional powerpoint, and he… didn’t go over quite so well. […] The post 10 Ways to Interac...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re looking at your numbers, and you’ve finally realized that your team just isn’t performing well. Marketing leads are down, sales numbers are off, and customer satisfaction scores are flagging, too. This time, it’s not just a fluke or a blip caused by some outside factor that you can’t control. You’ve […] The post Stuck in a Slump? Use Stories to Motivate a Lo...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Have you ever had lunch with a genius? And I don’t mean just someone really smart, but someone who lives and breathes their profession and can explain its mysteries with both passion and skill to anyone, regardless of education. I’ve met many geniuses like this in my life, and those conversations are some of my […] The post 3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data appeared first on Du...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • It can be tricky to display data in presentations because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client. So how do you make the right […] The post How to Display Data the Right Way in Presentations appeared fir...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • From the time of Biblical David to the era of Kevin Bacon, people around the world have been dancing to celebrate, worship, entertain, and tell stories. While “dance” nowadays may be predominately associated with “the Stars” or Channing Tatum’s abs, an original group of scientists is bringing the medium back to its storytelling origins. A […] The post This is What Presenters Can Learn From Dancing...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Congratulations on having a great business idea. Extra congratulations if you’ve started the company and gotten some traction. Good job, you! Now all you need is some money to bring your startup vision to life. So…you start writing a pitch. You’ve generated solid research and big ideas – but now you have to distill and […] The post 6 Powerful Pitch Deck Tips to Get Seed Funding appeared first on D...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Executives are b-u-s-y and working with executives on presentations is not e-a-s-y. Their calendar is often fractured into a million pieces, so they have only shards of time to think about their next talk. If the Vulcan mind-meld were a real thing, building a talk for them would be easy-peasy, but it’s not. Instead, you’ll have […] The post Master the Struggle of Working with Executives on Present...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have about 30 seconds to make it happen. Recent studies show that the first lapse of attention happens about halfway through that first minute. If you haven’t caught their attention yet, there’s a good chance you’ll lose their focus to their […] The post How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present appeared first on ...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • A good presentation depends, at least partly, on good slide design. Surprisingly, if you want to make great presentation slides, it helps to understand a little bit about the human attention span. Let’s start with you. Picture yourself arriving at the last presentation you attended.  You were probably one of many people there and could […] The post 4 Tips and 1 Tool That Will Help You Perfect Your...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Presentations have long been a staple in meetings. And, like everything popular, they’re also getting some backlash. Does a presentation actually make a meeting better, or can it make the meeting experience worse? For internal meetings where the goal is to build consensus, consider turning off the projector. As an alternative to presentations, Amazon starts […] The post Big Meeting Coming Up? Clos...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • A well constructed and delivered presentation changes minds and ignites action. Yet, there’s a key part of a presentation that doesn’t get mentioned enough—the call to action or CTA—and, a clear CTA creates a critical turning point in your presentation (or any other form of persuasive communications too). The call to action which comes right […] The post The Secret to Writing a Call to Action in A...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Color is a crucial part of a brand’s visual expression. A consistent treatment of your brand’s colors will help to make sure that people are able to “lock” their positive experiences to your brand’s specific visual cues. While many companies have corporate colors selected for various pieces of collateral, it is imperative that those same colors find themselves into the presentations, as often th...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Gene Luen Yang is an American graphic novelist and a bay area native. He travels all over the world, speaking about graphic novels and comics at comic book conventions and universities. In January, the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council appointed him the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. To top it all off, he’s currently writing for DC Comics’ Superman. No big dea...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • Where can you go for the ultimate slide-based music experience? The 23rd annual Presofest at the Outline View Auditorium in downtown Baskerville! Witness over 40 presentation-themed bands as they blow your motion-path loving minds in full 96 dpi. While you are there, don’t forget to go to the Presofest KIDZONE, get an autograph from once-famous presentation stars and snag some conference room l...

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