Episode 03: Nancy Duarte and the Art of Storytelling

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times and on CNN.

Her firm, Duarte, Inc., has created more than a quarter of a million presentations for the world’s most influential businesses, institutions, causes, and authors.

As a persuasion specialist Nancy developed a unique methodology, which applies storytelling and visual thinking principles to business communications that shift audience beliefs and behaviors.

Her firm, Duarte, Inc. is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as the fifth largest female employer in the area. Her latest book, The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, is currently HBR’s most purchased guidebook.

Inside this Episode

> Inspirational Quote

The Golden Rule

> Must Read Book

Good to Great by Jim Collins

>Productivity Tool or Tip

Manage Email:

  • Clean out folders (inbox, sent & delete)
  • Sort emails by size so you can quickly dump emails with large attachments you don’t need
  • Each day, flag the emails you need to follow up with that day
  • Go through emails only during specifically blocked off times for that task
  • Use category tagging so that an assistant can help manage

Hire an Assistant:

  • Delegate as much as you can to your assistant (both personal and professional)
  • Create a partnership so that you can both communicate directly without hurt feelings
  • Have your assistant pre-screen all requests for appointments, requests for speaking engagements
  • Give your assistant authority to turn things down on your behalf
  • Target all appointments to 15 minute increments
  • Provide full access to all email folders, including sent and delete


>Other Resources Mentioned

Books by Nancy Duarte:

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

slide:ology: The Art & Science of Creating Great Presentations

HBR Guide to Creating Persuasive Presentations (Harvard Business Review Guides)

Ted Talk

Nancy Duarte: The Secret Structure of Great Talks


> Connect with Nancy Duarte



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