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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470632011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470632017
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  a lavish, coffee table–style book packed with useful and adaptable techniques for improving your presentations Resonate

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By leveraging techniques normally reserved for cinema and literature, Resonate reveals how to transform any presentation into an engaging journey. You will discover how to understand your audience, create persuasive content, and elicit a groundswell response.

With Resonate, you′ll be able to:

  • Leverage the hidden story structures inherent in great communication
  • 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 into presentations!"
Damon Lindelof, Co–creator of LOST

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

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


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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Kettleborough VINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2010
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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 on 11 Jan. 2011
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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 By C. buck on 1 April 2011
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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 By E. M. Milnes on 3 July 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Sillett on 8 April 2014
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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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