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Nancy Duarte

Probably one of the most maligned yet most used forms of business communication is the presentation. Since the days of Harvard Graphics 1.0 over 20 years ago, the power to make presentations moved from the professional presentation designer into the hands of users everywhere. As with all things new (remember the blink tag in HTML?), with lots of new power comes lots of scary implementations. However, presentations don’t have to be bad, and it’s not a function of the tool.


We can learn how to create better communications and presentations for our everyday work, and Nancy Duarte is the person to help us with that. You may or may not immediately recognize her name, but you probably do remember her work. Her firm designed the presentation for Al Gore’s Academy Award winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth.


Nancy has been a Principal of Duarte Design, the global leader in developing business presentations since 1988. Duarte Design creates cinematic-quality presentations in any media – helping innovative companies like Adobe, Cisco, Citrix, Electronic Arts, Hewlett-Packard, Logitech, Mozilla, Scripps Networks, Symantec and Wells Fargo deliver a compelling experience for their audiences.


Her passion for presentations that are clear, meaningful, motivating and attractive has opened doors for her firm in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. She has an MBA from UCLA and speaks regularly at national conferences, authors training content and was a regular contributor to Presentations Magazine.

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Taken on September 8, 2007