I’ve been fortunate enough to have read a recent draft and it’s great: a visual and intellectual treat for the presenter. Whether
you’re a presentation novice, or feel like the podium is your home away from
home, this set of tools for creating amazing slides is going to be your
go-to reference and inspiration for a very long time.
What role did the Las Vegas Bellagio play in establishing the structure of the book. What’s with that colon? How did a how-to book turn into a manifesto? Learn why slide composition is like theater set design, and how you might contribute to the future history of visual communications.
Slide:ology will be out in early August. For now, get a sneak peek into Slide:ology by eavesdropping on the folks who
wrote the “The Duarte Manifesto.”
Listen Now (click the play button below) or Subscribe!
Left to right, Doug Neff, Nancy Duarte, Michael Moon
And, as promised, here are the links mentioned in the podcast, and a few more:
Unfortunately you can’t get it yet, because it hasn’t been published. I’ve had the chance to check out a pre-publication draft and it’s amazing. Simply put, I can’t think of any presenter who won’t benefit from reading it.
Nancy Duarte is the author. Yes, that’s the same Duarte of Duarte Design, the firm behind the graphics and slides Al Gore uses in his Inconvenient Truth presentation and movie.
In Slide:ology, Duarte takes on the problems of presenting by defining process; isolating each step in conceiving, composing, and delivering great presentations. And of course, the clear communications style defined is an aid beyond presentations, applicable to just about any form of communication.
It’s a stunning book, visually and intellectually, and if you’re a presenter worried about “Death by PowerPoint” it will change your world. Some of the book’s two-page spreads are just aching to be framed and hung in your office. Am I exaggerating? No, not at all.
Slide:ology will be available in early August
And the next podcast…
I’m planning on bringing Nancy Duarte back to the Presentations Roundtable
microphones in a few days. Nancy was on episode one, and I think she’s
way overdue for a visit. And of course, Slide:ology will be a big focus
of that visit.
Be sure to pre-order your copy. This is a must buy for anyone who wants to produce professional presentations.
And, hey, just in case you don’t know Duarte, here are some links to check out:
This is part II of our most recent visit with Presentation Zen master Garr Reynolds.
In part one we caught up with Garr, learned how the Presentation Zen book has
been doing, and heard all about his recent road trip. Howard Cooperstein,
software designer and stand-up comic joined us for this episode, which
took an interesting swing into a discussion of humor in presentations
and the relationships between stand up comedy and stand up
If you haven’t heard part one, I suggest you
listen to it first, but that’s not absolutely essential. It’s still
available at the Presentations Roundtable web site, or through iTunes,
Zune marketplace, or wherever you got this episode.
The world of
stand-up comedy and stand-up presenting have some amazing parallels,
and the discussion produces some very interesting insights you can put
to use in your own presentations.
It’s officially summer, and time for the Presentations Roundtable to
come back from our spring hiatus. And what
than to bring back one of our favorite people, Presentation Zen master
We catch up with Garr, how the Presentation Zen book has been doing, some notes from his recent road trip, and hear some exciting news about the Presentation Zen movie. Yes, that’s right, the Presentation Zen movie. Don’t believe it? Listen!
And we’re very happy to bring fan favorite Howard Cooperstein back again to the mics. Howard and I worked professionally together
for years, and continue to be best buds, so when you hear us talk a
little smack back and forth, don’t worry – we’re just having fun. It’s
always great to have Howie around.
Left to Right:
As mentioned, the session
starts with a little catch-up on Garr’s activities, but then moves into
the very serious subject of humor in presentations and the
relationships between stand up comedy and stand up presentations. It’s
a big conversation, so big I’m cutting this recording up into two
parts. Check back in a few days for part two, or subscribe through iTunes, Zune
Marketplace, or by clicking the Podcast RSS button on any Presentations
Roundtable web page. It’s a terrific episode, enjoy this now and make sure to come back for part two. -Ric
The Presentation Roundtable podcast summer hiatus continues for a bit longer. (Yes a Caribbean cruise is a great way to slough off stress, but paradoxically it puts you way behind in your work. Still, highly recommended.)
to drop this note to you by way of thanking you for your continued patience.
Just in case you are in the Silicon Valley June 4th through 8th, make sure to put some time aside for the ZER01 festival in downtown San Jose. The events come alive at night in particular, supported by the surprising number of museums, art galleries and clubs that San Jose has to offer. Head downtown, park the car, and just walk from exhibit to exhibit – a great group activity as well.
It’s a unique opportunity to explore so many blendings of technology, art and design that you won’t want to miss.
2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge is North America’s
newest and largest festival of digital arts, and a great deal more.
From a hip hop, multi-media meditation on Antarctica to robot art, from
conversations with artificial intelligence to operatic performances of
Google headlines about the environment, from avant-garde cinema to new
musical forms – well over 100 artworks, performances, screenings,
talks, and workshops will be featured at 01SJ. Festival organizers
expect it to be a perspective-altering experience that entertains,
enlightens, educates and involves attendees in a new understanding of
our changing world.
Hi, we’ve been busy. You too? Guess it’s going around.
Someday I hope I can tell you about all the cool stuff I’m doing right now in my “day job.” But that day isn’t today. I can tell you it’s been busy, and very exciting.
So, this is just a short message to let you know that:
The Roundtable is still active
We’ve still got big plans ahead, some exciting conversations to come
We appreciate your patience!
Also, if you’ve got any feedback so far, like do more of this, less of this, talk to these people, talk to me… please let us know!
In the meantime, vacation time is upon us and we’ll be away from the mic for about a bit longer, but we’re anticipating a new episode not too long after we return.
Almost done, just a second…
In the meantime, we got this in the mail recently. It’s made the rounds before, but is still very funny, and actually kind of helpful in getting you to think about your slide graphics. Hope you enjoy it.
If you’ve read any recent book on improving your presentations, you’re probably already thinking that you need to get more photographs into your slides. Photos can add to your presentation’s message, connecting directly with your audience without having to wade through yet another slide of bullet points.
It’s compelling, and yet for so many presentation authors, a scary proposition. Make no mistake, just inserting photographs in your slides is not a sure-fire cure for your presentation blues. And whether you’re creating or buying, eventually using photos as slide content is an art.
However, it’s not an art out of reach.
This episode we invite professional photographer and computer graphics expert Mark Jaremko to the mics for a roundtable conversation about the pitfalls of using photographs in presentations, and advice about how you can avoid them. And as a bonus, we’re joined by Howard Cooperstein, another talented graphics professional and good friend who you may recall from our first episode!
Clockwise from left: Ric Bretschneider and Howard Cooperstein at the mics, and Mark Jaremko enjoying our pre-podcast dinner.
Photo of Mark Jaremko by Ric Bretschneider.
(Which is why it’s not as good as the other photos which are by Mark Jaremko.)
It’s great to sit down at the mics with a couple of friends, and we had a terrific time putting together one of the best roundtable recordings yet.