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Make Better Presentations with the Right Tools

…a presenter. ​Nancy Duarte’s books so far have advised people on how to create sparse, highly visual presentations. So, it might come as a surprise to hear us support another use for slide software. We’ve been creating slidedocs for the past 25 years because they help quickly spread our clients’ ideas around their organizations. ​Slidedocs work because: ​Uniform format of a slide encourages clear, succinct articulation and visualization of…


Presentations Can Travel With An Appendix

You can add a lot of content to your presentation slides There are many ways to create effective visual documents, known as slidedocs. You can take your cinematic presentations and turn them into slidedocs to send to your audience as follow-up material after the presentation. ​In the layouts below, you’ll notice there’s a small image of the slide on the top left of the page, and a quadrant graphic and quote on the top right. ​This example shows…


Presentation Templates & Slidedoc Templates

​As an organization, you may want to develop two distinctly different templates for presentations and slidedocs. Slidedocs are documents in slide format without a presenter; slidedocs have the same great visuals and more text than a presentation, but less text than an actual document. WIth distinct templates for each, it will be easy for your employees to identify whether their content is to be read or presented. Each organization should make…


Slidedocs Workshop

…ant business ideas start in deep, dense documents. Duarte’s Slidedocs half-day workshop brings design thinking to dense documents to activate decisions. You will learn how to: Define the differences between presentations and Slidedocs™ Understand when to use each tool Identify five uses for Slidedocs Determine the best method to create your Slidedoc based on use Understand the architecture of a Slidedoc Make Slidedocs more skimmable through…


Different Presentation Styles

…rmal Deliver short presentation, then discuss Lead conversation with planned whiteboard sketches Lead conference call with slide-docs or shared slides (earnings call) 2/ Interactive: Presenter facilitates audience Distribute slidedocs or slides, then meet to discuss Host conversational webinar Navigate tablet-based content Use flip chart or whiteboard spontaneously 3/ Programmed, staged, and formally rehearsed Deliver formal presentation with…


Presentation Layout: Typesetting

Many people need to create effective visual documents, called slidedocs. ​After setting up your presentation text hierarchy and designing your page, another step on the path to consistency and readability is actual typesetting. ​Typesetting is adjusting all the seemingly small things that make it easy to navigate your presentation copy. Here are some basic typesetting items to think about: ​Line spacing is the amount of room between lines of…


Presentation Tools for New Communication Needs

…citations are connected with talks. So, next time you have a lot of information you have to communicate, make sure you use the right tool for your information. Use presentations to give high level overviews of your topic and slidedocs to clearly communicate your details. Container Metaphor Prezi is a new-ish product that displays content on a mural surface and navigates through that content by focusing on one piece of the mural at a time. Born…


Presentation Ideas: Emphasizing Important Text

…es the grid. Pull out important pieces of text and frame them with a box to make the content skimmable. Set text in a graphic that amplifies your message with a visual metaphor. Strong Figure-to-Text Relationship ​When using slidedocs, words are more closely associated with the graphics, because both exist on the same page. We’re sure you’ve read a book where a page references “figure 4,” but there’s no graphic on the page called “figure…


Presentation Data & Diagrams Convey Information

​SAP creates a series of skimmable “SAP Top 10” white papers. These informative documents shows the top 10 reason customers choose SAP. These unique slidedocs address many of their clients’ industries, such as business transformation, life sciences, and others. The front page has a bold presentation title, clear subtitle, and logo element. ​Understand the benefits immediately, just from reading the presentation’s table of contents. ​The…


A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Way to Communicate

…art of the brain used to process words is quite small in comparison to the part that processes visual images.” So, pare down the wording, but leave enough context to allow your deck to live on its own without your voiceover. Slidedocs can serve not only as prereading for conversations but also as emissaries and follow-up material. For example, when people in positions of influence say, “Send me your slides,” before they’ll book a meeting with…