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.
YouTube Video
  • 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.
YouTube Video
  • 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...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
Blog Post
  • Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.” As professional “presentation people,” especially ones who love cinematic presentations, Duarte is always […] The post Movie Magic:...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
Blog Post
  • There’s a scene in the British comedy Cemetery Junction that I love because I think it’s a perfect representation of the power of sales stories and storytelling in sales. The scene (set in the 1970s) centers on two door-to-door insurance salesmen, Freddie and Mike, who arrive at a middle-aged couple’s home to sell them a […] The post How (and Why) to Tell Killer Sales Stories appeared first on Dua...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
Blog Post
  • Commencement season is upon us and you know what that means. Celebrities, statesmen, and scholars across the world are delivering words of encouragement as graduates cross school stages to receive their diplomas. And we’re watching the videos. There have been lots of great commencement addresses so far this year – but there was one speech, […] The post Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Wa...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
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  • So many of the articles about storytelling in marketing focus on brand storytelling. They often describe the common storytelling techniques that creative teams use to reliably stir up emotion via beautiful advertising videos. Have you ever watched video ads released by Nike, or Google, or Airbnb? I love that stuff. I can’t even help but joyfully tear […] The post 4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Mark...

Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc.
Blog Post
  • “There’s this one guy at my company who…” So began my in-flight conversation about presentations and presentation mistakes. This happens a lot. The surprising thing about this conversation was the rest of the sentence. “…is way too exuberant when he presents.” Wait, what? Nobody says that. We talked for a while. I explained how to fix […] The post 6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should ...

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