Inspiring Speaker Friday: Nancy Duarte

I wrote last Thursday about TED Talks, a series of inspiring presentations by people who have “ideas worth spreading.”

Well I just came across one talk in particular that’s extremely relevant to us here at the Inspiring Speakers Blog. It’s by Nancy Duarte and it’s called “The Secret Structure of Great Talks.”

Duarte is an American writer and graphic designer who is best known for her book Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations (O’Reilly Media, 2008). After listening to and analyzing hundreds of speeches, she has been able to map out a presentation structure that is common to so many inspiring speeches, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech to the talk Steve Jobs gave at the 2007 launch of the iPhone.

“If you communicate an idea in a way that resonates, change will happen – and you can change the world,” says Duarte. Watch her presentation to find out how you can transform your ideas into an effective presentation and a powerful call to action.

For more ideas on crafting powerful presentations, check out the series of teleseminar recordings on the SpeakerNet News website. You’ll find seminars on everything from how to get your audience involved to how to use stand-up comedy techniques to add humour to your presentation.


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