September 23, 2014

Cydcor Reviews ‘Slide:ology’ By Nancy Duarte

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Here is Cydcor’s review of Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations By Nancy Duarte .

About slide:ology: slide:ology by Nancy Duarte is filled with practical approaches to tell your visional story for a presentation that can be applied to anyone. Whether it’s for a boss, a prospective client, your team members or the general public, Duarte offers tips and tricks to give the best presentation possible. Important business presentations to higher-level executives are common, especially in the business world. This book looks to combine inspirational design, insightful case studies from the leading brands of the world and conceptual thinking that can assist anyone into connecting with their specific audience.

Why Cydcor recommends this book to future leaders: In the world of business, presentations can be extremely high-stakes opportunities. slide:ology looks to challenge the traditional approaches for a presentation by showing you case studies and examples of visual thinking.

At some point, future leaders will need presentation skills and public speaking under their belts of experience. Author Nancy Duarte looks to explain how to sketch and diagram effectively, utilize the newest technology and create graphics that allow an audience to process information easily.

Our favorite part: An interesting chapter discusses how to display data and the technical aspects of laying slides out in a grid. Interesting psychology comes into play, with what images work best when communicating to a group. For example, images of people looking toward the written content, rather than away, have been shown to help people process the information.

The book is rife with tips that come from studies and research on human behavior. Recommendations include starting your first data set for a pie chart at the 12 o’clock position, removing the legend and moving the key into the graph itself, and using color to highlight what you really want the audience to focus on in the graph.

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