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Duarte, Inc.

February 24, 2014 13:15 ET

All New Nancy Duarte Book Slidedocs Shows How Dense Documents and Sparse Slides Can Be Transformed Into Compelling, Visual Content That Is Easily Spread Across an Organization

Free PowerPoint Book Guides Readers Through the New Slidedoc Medium, Effectively Combining the Strengths of Documents and Presentations While Minimizing Their Weaknesses

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2014) - In today's fast-paced, mobile world, shorter, tighter, visual communication is the go-to method for getting everybody on the same page quickly. Documents can be exhaustive and time intensive and a full presentation may not be needed for every conversation.

Nancy Duarte's brand new book Slidedocs, officially released today, presents a unique new medium for developing communications that retain presentation software's ability to seamlessly integrate graphics and words, while promoting information that is easily understood and can quickly travel throughout an organization.

Slidedocs, the third book in Nancy's series, provides a step-by-step tutorial and real-world examples that show companies how to do away with documents and boring, unnecessary presentations by combining their strengths -- reducing the amount of text and adding compelling visuals that help people understand the concept quickly and easily. And, to make the process of adopting the new Slidedoc approach even easier, Nancy is giving the book away free of charge. 

"Internet and mobile communications have reconditioned us to want information in small chunks," said Nancy Duarte, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc. "Today, content not boiled down to its essence feels like a time-waster. Thus, short, tight bites of information that people can read independently of a presenter, have become the default way of communicating ideas. With Slidedocs, we have declared this form of communication its own medium, and have provided all the tools needed to help people create compelling content that spreads important insights quickly and clearly."

Why Slidedocs?
There's no doubt we are a presentation culture. By some estimates, Microsoft's PowerPoint has been installed on roughly one billion computers globally. On average, we give 350 presentations every second of every day. 

This behavior has been adopted because presentations are one of the best ways to communicate ideas, persuade an audience to adopt an idea, and pursue a course of action. Yet, we have heard industry pundits call for an end to presentations, as they are often misused. Slidedocs proves that, presentations can play a vital role in many settings, but they need additional support through slidedocs to continue the momentum. Slidedocs allow communicators to break complex ideas into small chunks of information and readers the time to absorb the information at their own pace.

The book provides a 'how to' guide to help the presenter determine which mode of communication best suits their needs, and gives step-by-step instructions and examples for how to convert a long document or dense presentation into a slidedoc or how to develop a compelling slidedoc from scratch that is explanatory, promotes visual thinking and can be understood very quickly. And, it walks the reader through the optimal ways to present slidedocs and promote them throughout an organization.

Slidedocs Benefits
Simply put, slidedocs communicate on a presenter's behalf. When information needs to be conveyed without the help of a formal presenter, slidedocs can act as a pre-read, an emissary, follow-up material or reference material. Slidedocs work because:

  • The uniform format encourages clear, succinct articulation and visualization of concepts on one page.
  • The editable nature allows a slidedoc to be a living document that can evolve over time.
  • An overarching view allows readers to see the whole, instead of only the parts. By working in outline or slide-sorter mode, you can see the entire message and structure in addition to individual pages.
  • Slidedocs can be easily shared through an organization. Great slidedocs get reused again and again.
  • Slidedocs are versatile and interactive, and can incorporate photos, illustrations, links and video.
  • They are tablet-ready and can be easily consumed via multiple mediums.
  • Slidedocs are embeddable and shareable on platforms like SlideShare or others.

Slidedocs Availability
Nancy Duarte's Slidedocs (a slidedoc itself) is available, free of charge via SlideShare or on the Duarte website at www.duarte.com. Presenters nationwide can read or download the book to learn best practices for creating effective visual documents that better serve audiences, ideas, and the way we communicate today.

About Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte is a communication expert. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential messages in business and culture. In addition to her newest book Slidedocs, she is the author of three award-winning books: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, which spent more than 300 days on Amazon's top 100 business book bestsellers list; Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, that has been translated into eight languages; and HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentation.

About Duarte, Inc.
Duarte, Inc. creates presentations and offers training based on our unique VisualStory™ methodology, which was outlined in three best-selling books called Slide:ology, Resonate, and the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Our methodology combines storytelling and visual thinking principles to create persuasive communications designed to shift audience beliefs and behaviors. For more information, visit http://www.duarte.com.

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