Table of Contents
- Surrealty: An Organic Case Study
- Working with Microsoft Word
- Accelerating Your Knowledge of Excel
- Maintaining a Positive Outlook
- "Where Are My Socks?" Accessing Your Important Information
Presenting Professionally with PowerPoint
- Introduction to PowerPoint
- Creating Cool Diagrams
- Using the Diagram Object
- Beginning the Org Chart
- Using the Org Chart Toolbar
- Changing the Org Chart Layout
- Selecting Portions of the Org Chart
- Moving and Formatting the Selection
- Applying Styles to the Org Chart
- Using the Other Conceptual Diagrams
- Adding Our Concepts
- Moving Shapes with the Diagram Toolbar
- Moving or Resizing the Diagram
- Using the Diagram Styles
- Changing Your Concept Diagram
- Turning Off AutoFormat
- Adding a Caption or Title
- Customizing Your Presentation
- The Concept of Customization
- Accessing the Master Views
- Understanding the Master Views
- The Power of the Master Views
- Adding Our Logo
- Changing Other Elements
- Slide Master Rules
- Using the Title Master
- Using the New Slide Master Template
- Adding Date and Time to a Footer
- Using Headers and Footers
- The Master View Toolbar
- Using the Handout Master
- Using the Notes Master
- Using Page Setup to Change the Presentation Type
- Accessorizing for Presentations
- The Potential Of Photo Album
- Using Broadcast Quality Effects
- The Latest Presentation Gear
- Using PowerPoint, Video and DVD
- Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint
- Expanding PowerPoint with Plug-Ins
- Using Presenter View with a Projector
- Getting Into Your Presentation -- Literally
- The View from PowerPoint LIVE
- Making a PowerPoint Movie (not just for the Mac anymore)
- Making a Self-Running Animated Holiday Card
- Reporting on Databases in PowerPoint
- HD or Not HD, That Is The Question
- Taking On Tufte
- What the Heck Do I Say?
- Broadcasting PowerPoint Video with Serious Magic
- Video Blogging as a Presentation Value-Add
- This Just In: PowerPoint Secedes from MS Office!
- Two New PowerPoint Add-Ins
- Podcasting our PowerPoint
- What We Can Learn from InfoComm 2005
- Putting Yourself in the Show
- What You Can Learn from SIGGRAPH
- Using DVD Video in PowerPoint
- Animating Individual Chart Elements
- The Magic of PowerPoint LIVE 2005
- Making Sure Your Video Plays
- Creating a Timeline Template in PowerPoint
- Creating Transparent Animation and Backgrounds
- Using Advanced Animation Techniques
- Advanced Animation Part 2: Reusing Motion Paths
- Advanced Animation Part 3: Masked Backgrounds and Triggers
- Getting an Ovation with PowerPoint
- Video that Plays For Certain
- Using an Animated PowerPoint Chart on DVD
- Packaging Music Files with PowerPoint
- Say It With Presentations
- Keep Saying It With RSS
- PowerPoint LIVE 2006
- Total Solution: Using Propaganda for a PowerPoint Podcast for iTunes
- Wildform Wild Presenter for Interactive PowerPoint Online
- PowerFrameworks to Stimulate Your Creative PowerPoint Juices
- Distributing Video for iPods and Other Devices
- Converting Bullets to SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint 2007
- Editing Video in PowerPoint (And a Lot More)
- Enhancing PowerPoint with Stock Photos
- Creating Sticky Documents and Presentations
- Review: Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck
- Using PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 Together: Preparing for InfoComm 2007
- Converting Flash to PowerPoint Video
- Animated Artwork for PowerPoint: PointClips and Vox Proxy
- Cutting Edge Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2007
- The Insert Object Animation Trick in PowerPoint
- Using YouTube Video in PowerPoint
- Using PowerPoint 2007 with Video Online
- PowerPoint LIVE 2007: Presentation Paradise in the Big Easy
- Camatasia 5.0: An Upgrade Worth the Effort
- Solving Video Playback in PowerPoint for Vista
- Review: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit
- Graphic Novels in PowerPoint
- The Ultimate Presentation
- Opazity: PowerPoint for Lazy People
- Using SlideShare for Online PowerPoint with Narration
- Mastering Themes in Office 2007 (and Specifically PowerPoint 2007)
- VIDITalk's New Online Presenter Program
- Using and Converting YouTube Video for PowerPoint
- SlideRocket: Documents in the "Cloud"
- PFC Pro: Use YouTube Directly in PowerPoint and Maybe Get Your Web Cam into a Web Conference
- AuthorSTREAM: PowerPoint with Narration Made Easier Online
- Slide:ology: Nancy Duarte’s Design Secrets and Her New PowerPoint Book
- Mastering the New Slide Masters (and Layouts) in PowerPoint 2007
- Using PowerPoint 2007 to Create Slides That Don't Look Like PowerPoint (Video Update)
- A Treasure Trove of PowerPoint Templates
- Posting a Web Site with FrontPage
- Publish or Perish
- Get Visual with Visio
- Tools That Integrate Your Office Applications
- Getting Organized with OneNote
- Video Tutorials
- Additional Resources
Slide:ology: Nancy Duarte’s Design Secrets and Her New PowerPoint Book
Last updated Mar 26, 2004.
Have you ever attended a conference or other event and seen a set of PowerPoint slides and wondered, why can’t I create stuff like this?
There are two areas to consider — the thematic and conceptual part of a presentation dealing with its content (which I also address in the update on Outlining coming up soon) — and design or the look of a presentation.
Probably the foremost authority on both of these areas, and head of a leading design firm in Silicon Valley with a Who’s Who of clients including Al Gore (yes, she did the presentation for the movie and coached him on speaking) is Nancy Duarte, head of Duarte Design.
It’s my opinion that a designer has natural talent by birth or craft in the visual space that most of us don’t have but following Nancy’s work can do one of two things: either inspire or stimulate you into seeing space and color more like a professional — or hiring someone who does.
Equally important, Nancy has a way of telling stories and inspiring other to “think visually” and emotionally. If you read through her case studies or are fortunate enough to attend one of her sessions and PowerPoint LIVE or another industry event, you will get energized to rethink your presentations from the ground up.
The essence of a good presenter is storytelling, and since Nancy has built a major design practice in Silicon Valley — she has managed to successfully apply her firm’s skilled to some of the driest subject matter on the planet, and make it come alive.
Ms. Duarte has now encoded her years of experience and the concepts behind her success in a new book: Slide:ology. For those of you with Safari subscriptions it’s already available online (link).
What I found really excellent about this book is the ability to follow along with how a professional world class designer thinks — both in thematic and visual ways. You can follow Nancy along on her thought process as she sketches (one of her main techniques) and free associates many ways to communicate the message of a client hours, days, weeks and perhaps months before she ever opens PowerPoint (or Keynote).
On a more nuts and bolts level, you can also follow along with how a designer works with space, lines and color in very specific ways; I suggest that even if you are a designer yourself or have one on staff, there is much to be learned and inspiration to be gleaned from following through the pages of this book as projects are deconstructed and reconstructed.
Three key take-aways for me were:
- The major differences between creating a document and a slide — reminiscent of Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points. Nancy emphasizes a continuum from a Document to a Teleprompter to a Presentation. Unfortunately most tech presentations resemble the first two, and in the case of a teleprompter serve to remind the presenter of his main ideas — a recipe for disaster. Remember that a presentation is visual and is a specific type of file — mainly to support a speaker and not be the show.
- Using a consistent set of realistic photos (from a stock site) as opposed to cheesy clip art-like images (handshake in front of a globe is her ubiquitous example). Nancy is a big believer in “Quickstorming” — or brainstorming from a group of bright people. She collects many, many ideas before structuring a presentation, filling walls with sticky notes, and only then opening PowerPoint.
- The use of text animation to keep pace with the presenter not foreshadow information and annoy the audience (grey out previous points as the current point is introduced and highlighted). When text information cannot be avoided, or when a chart is necessary, it needs to be stripped down to its core meaning and only those parts presented to the audience that are being covered by the speaker. In the case of charts don’t expect the data to tell your story. The key is that the data has meaning — highlight the information that is core of your message and emphasize it. In some cases a simple text slide with the key takeaway can work better — like “20% of a given diseases is transmitted a certain way (or treated by our medicine).” If you plotted this on a graph it would be lost.
The key to the new trend in presentations, visible on Slideshare.net, and the essence of Nancy’s craft is storytelling. While PowerPoint doesn’t natively lend itself to what one might think of as a dynamic narrative with conflict and tension, if you read Slide:ology you will almost certainly be inspired to rethink your presentations along those lines.
Most telling is how Nancy works in PowerPoint — instead of opening a slide with the title and bullets default, she always begins with a blank slide, allowing her imagination and brainstorming to populate it rather than restricting her ideas to the structure of the program.
She describes how PowerPoint can destroy a mythical story like Little Red Riding Hood, and then demonstrates how even program, so often accused of misuse and boring audiences, can be used effectively to tell stories and move people. If you want to take your communications to a new level you should consider presenting Slide:ology to the presenters in your organization.
InformIT Articles and Sample Chapters
Books and eBooks
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances (Safari)