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Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Duarte
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Book Description

Reveals the underlying story form of all great presentations that will not only create impact, but will move people to action

Presentations are meant to inform, inspire, and persuade audiences. So why then do so many audiences leave feeling like they've wasted their time? All too often, presentations don't resonate with the audience and move them to transformative action.

Just as the author's first book helped presenters become visual communicators, Resonate helps you make a strong connection with your audience and lead them to purposeful action. The author's approach is simple: building a presentation today is a bit like writing a documentary. Using this approach, you'll convey your content with passion, persuasion, and impact.

  • Author has a proven track record, including having created the slides in Al Gore's Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth
  • Focuses on content development methodologies that are not only fundamental but will move people to action
  • Upends the usual paradigm by making the audience the hero and the presenter the mentor
  • Shows how to use story techniques of conflict and resolution

Presentations don't have to be boring ordeals. You can make them fun, exciting, and full of meaning. Leave your audiences energized and ready to take action with Resonate.

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  alavish, coffee table–style book packed with useful andadaptable techniques for improving your presentations Resonate

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By leveraging techniques normally reserved for cinema andliterature, Resonate reveals how to transform anypresentation into an engaging journey. You will discover how tounderstand your audience, create persuasive content, and elicit agroundswell response.

With Resonate, you′ll be able to:

  • Leverage the hidden story structures inherent in greatcommunication
  • Connect with your audience empathetically
  • Create captivating content
  • Craft ideas that get repeated
  • Inspire enthusiasm and support for your vision

"Finally! Someone has incorporated the power of story intopresentations!"
Damon Lindelof, Co–creator of LOST

"To write a book about effective and inspiring communication isa challenge because it has to demonstrate what it advocates. NancyDuarte has certainly done that. Compelling. Convincing. Utterlypractical. This is a gem!"
Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group Author,The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Few things excite me more than a greatcommunicator something I′ve wanted to be ever since I ran forpresident of the seventh grade. While I think I′ve come a long wayon that journey, I never fully understood what it takes to be aworld–class communicator until I read Nancy Duarte′sResonate. Read this book, absorb this book, practice what itpreaches, and you′ll be on your way to being a great communicator.Thanks, Nancy."
Ken Blanchard, Co–author of The One MinuteManager, Recipient of Golden Gavel Award

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain, simple and effective! 2 Nov. 2010
By Jonathan Kettleborough VINE VOICE
The recent success of "The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs" (which I also reviewed and loved) has really raised the issue (as though it were needed) of the importance of great presentations and story telling.

In her book "Resonate", Nancy Duarte takes the reader through all the issues of a great presentation. This is a beautifully designed book (as you'd expect from Nancy) which clearly marks the road for developing and delivering presentations and stories that resonate.

Nancy shows us the power of story telling and dismisses the overly corporate presentations (the ones with the meaningless words and over-engineered sentences) as being of little value or impact.

Throughout the book you'll find great charts, drawings and photographs that wonderfully illustrate the points being made; this really is a lovely book to look at.

Nancy has also included a great deal of reality within the book; real people giving real presentations and telling real stories. OK, they're amongst the best (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ben Zander and Richard Feynman, to name a few) but you can see how a story, a well placed demonstration and simple explanation really mark out a great presentation.

Nancy is driving her readers towards the S.T.A.R moment (Something They'll Always Remember) and yet this is done by explaining ALL the key elements of making a presentation in a logical and meaningful manner. Nancy even has a section on how to organise your thoughts, refine them and then create your key messages . . this book has it all.

The book is also packed with facts about audience reactions, interest levels and so on. This allows the reader to design a message to hit the audience exactly at the right time.

This is a truly excellent book for both the professional and non-professional communicator. I've been giving presentations for years and wish I'd come across this sooner!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Rob
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The key purpose for a book like this is to get you thinking and experimenting with new techniques. Utilising numerous case studies the book gently weans one off the powerpoint slide teat and refocuses on the message. I picked up the book and within twenty minutes was rethinking a large presentation that I was about to give. The format, illustrations and typesetting of the book were also excellent.

My one annoyance with the book is that it focuses its case studies on individuals with innately interesting messages like political struggle, world changing products or catastrophic events. What about the hapless fools like me who have to recycle and present bone dry corporate messages? :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars resonate with Nancy 1 April 2011
By C. buck
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I have been presenting professionally for about 20 years and have finally begun to learn the art the hard way. I've also read many books on the subject, with a few exceptions most are rather trite and obvious.This book, though, is the real deal. The author has clearly thought very deeply about the subject and, for me, what she says rings pretty much 100% true. Its one of those books that you could not easily read from cover to cover, there is little padding and so much content that it is a good idea to read one section or chapter and internalise it over days or weeks before moving on. Its not a beginners guide though.
I only write this review because I genuinely feel this is a praiseworthy book.
charlie b UK
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you speak or present you need this book 3 July 2011
Resonate will transform your performance. It is outstanding; aimed at creating amazing PowerPoint slides and is without doubt the BEST book I have read on how to make visual impact with your audiences.
As someone who speaks for a living and always on a journey of self development; I was looking for a book to help me craft slides with a difference; slides that would not only enhance my delivery but engage with every single delegate. Resonate has delivered this and so much more... you need to buy this book!
In addition, I now follow Nancy Duarte on Twitter and she is a generous, wise and helpful lady.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational stuff - how presentations should be 3 Feb. 2011
I loved Resonate. The book is an example in itself as to how to motivate. The key message being that you need to engage not just minds but also the emotions and the way to do that is through storytelling. Nancy Duarte sketches out a timeline (she uses the term Sparkline) for presentations and illustrates how all great presentations go through various phases. By using this structure anyone can plan their presentation to ensure there are elements of contrast, elements of surprise and balance between pathos(emotion), ethos(respect) and logos(logic). The book is very US centric and all the examples are American but for me the message is universal. This book will be something you will dip into for inspiration time and time again.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great book for people who have to persuade an audience with their presentations. I think it really scores for those who are experienced presenters and want to raise their game, because as the author points out “Creating an interesting presentation requires a more thoughtful process than throwing together the blather we’ve come to call a presentation today.”

No easy fix is promised: throughout the book, Nancy Duarte repeats the message that it takes time and planning to create and deliver a high-quality presentation. Early on, she cites a survey suggesting that as many as 86% of executives say that communication clearly impacts their careers; yet only a quarter of them put more than 2 hours into preparing for high-stakes presentations. Which may go some way to explaining why so many presentations are rubbish.

Facts aren’t enough on their own: we need to appeal to hearts as well as minds, emotions as well as reason. To do this we need to weave compelling stories through our presentation. When was the last time you visualised a set of numbers showed on a slide? Now when was the last time you visualised what was going on in a story a presenter told? And which stayed in the memory – the number or the story? If you were lucky the number and story were in the same presentation, and you most likely remembered them both.

Duarte walks her talk, as Resonate takes presenters through the journey of creating a compelling presentation. She provides memorable stories from her own experience and more than a dozen different high-profile case studies, some of whose presentations are analysed in great detail to see just how people from Abraham Lincoln to Steve Jobs, companies such as General Electric and Cisco Systems, deliver presentations that move people to act.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... really helped me with some practical advice to present better....
This book has really helped me with some practical advice to present better. Specifically around weaving a story through an entire presentation and considering the audiences... Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Lucy Gower
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best books on public speaking
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
This is really more style than substance. It sort of floats along with "themes" and is more about show casing the author's past work and praising individuals rather than a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Radke
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
It is very focused and with a good layout, I like the square form too, good quality of paper, good quality of content. It really makes you resonate.
Published 11 months ago by Seventhdwarf
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very easy to read and understand. it changed the way i present to audiences. great value and a great read.
Published 12 months ago by Pc Hanvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Instructors/Educators/Speech Givers
Really enjoyed this book. Very helpful for those who have to give public talks or deliver to groups and classes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by WesleyM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is about communication and presentation. In that way it walks the talk! It presents the information in an easy to digest way, and show clearly how to present a message to... Read more
Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by MartinoB
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational but lacks an integrated approach
Inspirational book about presentations. It is not a template approach for how to put together an excellent presentation but rather serves as a launch pad for ideas. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Melvin
1.0 out of 5 stars Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences
Too nebulous for me, it's full of marketing speak and psychobable. I can't see its application in my field, education. I'm afraid I just don't get it!
Published on 28 Nov. 2011 by zeegoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavishly illustrated and fresh in its observations
This is a handsome book - which makes it a pleasure to read. It's unique insight is the 'sparkline' which is a theory of the shape or contours of a great presentation. Read more
Published on 3 Sept. 2011 by William Cohen
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