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04.24.2009  /  

The Outlier Finds His Element

I read Outliers and The Element back to back last week. Net-net is that people aren’t successful from passion alone, usually there are other factors or “flukes” that lead to them living in their element. You may have heard successful people say that what made them great is that they were at the right place […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews

04.22.2009  /  

Audience on the Stage

Last month Nancy Duarte spoke at Web2.0 Expo and it was a huge success. In preparation for her talk she asked me if there would be a way to reproduce an exercise called “Speaker & Audience Mapping” that she usually leads in the slideology workshops. The exercise goes like this: the audience picks one of […] Continue Reading

Event / Strategy / Technology

04.13.2009  /  

Book Review: Advanced Presentations by Design

I really like this book. So much that I’m reviewing it while on vacation. Advanced Presentations by Design takes a 10-step approach to writing and designing a presentation. Andrew Abela takes a methodical approach to creating a presentation that drives action. It’s a book that should be in everyone’s presentation library. Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Design


Question: Your Top 20 Speeches of All Time?

As we research for the next book, we’re putting together an analysis of the Top 20 speeches. It’s easy to identify political speeches but we’re looking for a variety. They can be political, but we’d also like any other types, too. They can be closing arguments, speeches in movies, lectures, sermons, Nobel Prize speeches…anything. Submit […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Question

04.06.2009  /  

The Power Presenter: 3 Tips That Transformed My Last Presentation

As a presenter, I feed off the energy of the audience. I used to think that the audience determined the energy in the room, but after applying some of Jerry Weissman’s principles, I learned the presenter has more control over the room than I previously thought. There was good energy at my Web2.0Expo presentation. At […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Strategy

04.03.2009  /  

Rooftops and French Fries

I had a nice moment today when I walked by the whiteboard outside my cube. It contained a schematic of the proposed new work area for the content development team here at Duarte. The proposed space was directly above Nancy’s office, on the roof of the building, and many of my Duarte colleagues had added […] Continue Reading


04.02.2009  /  

Blog Has a New Look

When the book came out in September, we set up a blog up quickly and decided at the time to use design elements from the book. Now that book #2 is starting to formulate, we realize that the strategy of having design attributes from slide:ology doesn’t make sense since the next book is an altogether […] Continue Reading