Resonate: A fantastic new book on presentation
October 04, 2010
If you have not heard of Nancy Duarte's new book, then let me turn you on to it. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, says Nancy, is the prequel to her first book Slide:ology. As Nancy says early on, the problem with most presentations is not simply that the visuals are ineffective; making the visuals look better for content that is not well crafted has little merit. This book takes you back a step and launches you on a journey of discovery and exploration that takes inspiration and insights from myriad sources including the art of story creation and storytelling and film, etc. The lessons in the book will help you create the kinds of presentations that truly engage and transform audiences. Remember that presentation is always about change. By presenting we're necessarily trying to move people and impact them in at least a very small way. Sometimes in very big ways. This book is informative, instructive, and inspirational. The book itself is a presentation of sorts and it is definitely a compelling piece of work that is creating buzz and changing things. I was so inspired by Nancy's wonderful book that I shot this little video below on my iPhone today at the Hamarikyu Gardens near Tokyo Bay this morning.
You crack me up. GREAT review Garr. Really appreciate the recommendation.
Posted by: Nancy Duarte | October 04, 2010 at 01:01 PM
What would you recommend, reading slide:ology first or both books can be read independtly? Best
Posted by: Anne-Caroline Tanguy | October 04, 2010 at 05:31 PM
I recommend Resonate first as slide:ology is more about design and creating great visuals, etc. First comes ideas and story creation. But it really does not matter -- we enjoyed Star Wars out of order, right?
I really love Resonate. Applications go beyond presentations really.
Posted by: garr | October 04, 2010 at 08:10 PM
Is Resonate, relevant to written stories? Or is it solely focused on presentations?
Posted by: Pharcyde | October 05, 2010 at 12:04 AM
Thank you very much, Garr!
I will not wait for the translation to get it...it takes always so long!
Regards from Spain
Posted by: Miguel Angel Guisado | October 07, 2010 at 07:31 PM
Thanks for the review on this. A client of mine has been reading this book and suggested it to me. I think I'll pick up a copy for myself and a few for others I know as well.
Posted by: Daniel Decker | October 13, 2010 at 08:47 PM