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PowerPoint Presentations vs. Slidedocs

…point per page. They’re meant to be printed or distributed instead of presented. The result is a medium that can be read more quickly than a document. Today, I’m releasing a free book to help you create effective slidedocs. You can view it and download it for free by going to slidedocs.com. My books so far have advised people on how to create cinematic, sparse presentations. So, it might come as a surprise to some people to hear me…



Slidedocs: Meeting Documents meet Presentations.

…able​ Really great slidedocs—the ones where smart thinking meets informative visuals —spread like wildfire. They get picked up, reused, and re-expressed. ​If you want your brilliant work populated throughout an organization, slidedocs are one of the easiest ways for your ideas to take root in every department. The Benefits of Slidedocs for Your Audience Space limitations force a slidedoc’s author to boil down the material to its essence. Done…


Perspective

…We did not invent presentations. We simply decided they matter. And we resolved to make them better….


Presentation Animation, Orientation, and Aspect

…ep a 16:9 version of a template for presentations. More projectors are using the wider aspect ratio which make it great for corporate presentations. Presentation Orientation ​Another possible way to differentiate between the slidedocs and slides is to use portrait mode for slidedocs, which allows it to mimic a traditional document, and use landscape mode for projected presentations. This is not a hard rule, just an optional way to help…


Presentation Skills Improve Communication

…has led organizations to look for a way to fill the gap between long-form documents and presentations. What has emerged are slidedocs. ​A slidedoc is a visual document intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. Slidedocs work for a variety of communication scenarios, from sales collateral to in-meeting reference material. And because of their modular nature, slidedocs can spread your smart thinking throughout your organization….


State Your Presentation’s Big Idea

…e your Big Idea. At Duarte, we sometimes recommend using Slidedocs instead of presentations. ​Neither dense documents nor sparse slides contain the right balance of detail and scanability to be used as a pre-read or handout. Slidedocs combine the strengths of documents and presentations while minimizing their weaknesses. In presenting the power of Slidedocs, here’s how we would get our Big Idea across. Traditionally, the Big Idea must…


Long Presentation Tips: Create a Slidedoc

…recipients will feel like you’ve simply piecemealed it together, or “Frankensteined” slides from different decks. They’ll assume you created the slidedoc without caring about how they need to process the information. ​Great slidedocs spread quickly. If you’re the author of great slidedocs, your strategy, thinking, and solutions will be latched onto by the organization and become core to the company’s success. Slidedoc content helps spread your…


The Cure for Dense Slides

Slidedocs are visual documents, developed in presentation software, that are intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. At Duarte, we would be willing to make three bets: ​1. You already know what slidedocs are ​2. You already have slidedocs floating around your organization ​3. You yourself have already created a slidedoc ​How can we be so sure? Because it’s been in front of us the whole time—this awesome way of communicating…


Presentation Grid Layout

…hem a spine to which they can align. Aligning images to a grid makes it feel like they have a sense of place, as if they have a space they “belong” in. ​Laying out the type within a grid determines the width of your text. In slidedocs, long text blocks should be arranged in columns. The grid determines how wide you make the columns. Grids in Use ​Publications have structure. Above, a grid is laid over the structure of a magazine spread. ​This…