Nancy Duarte’s latest book Slidedocs is released today. Slidedocs is about how to design visual documents in PowerPoint (or Keynote) that are meant for reading rather than presenting to a live audience.

Slidedocs free book by nancy duarte

Nancy’s previous, best selling, books were about how to create effective presentations (Slide:ology), and how to deliver persuasive stories (Resonate). This time she is taking a different approach with Slidedocs.

‘Slidedoc’ is a visual document, developed in presentation software, that is intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. A Slidedoc can be shared and accessed as a presentation file. However, it can either be converted into a PDF eBook or used as a printed document.  

Does Slidedocs completely replace presentations? Not really. Still presentations are important when it comes to pitch your ideas to a live audience. But in most cases small business meetings need Slidedocs.

According to Mr. Weiner , LinkedIn CEO,  there is no presentation! 

“At LinkedIn, we have essentially eliminated the presentation. ”

Reference materials are sent out to participants at least 24 hours before the meeting.

At the start of the meeting participants get 10 minutes to actually read the previously sent presentation.

Then it is time for discussion. There is no presentation!

“With the presentation eliminated, the meeting can now be exclusively focused on generating a valuable discourse: Providing shared context, diving deeper on particularly cogent data and insights, and perhaps most importantly, having a 
meaningful debate.”

So, Slidedocs are a growing medium of business communications.

Ok, get back to the story : )

Nancy’s book, Slidedocs, is a free downloadable PowerPoint file that talks you through an approach to make similar type of documents better. The PowerPoint file itself can serve as a template for your next Slidedoc. Actually you get two beautiful PowerPoint-ready Slidedoc templates with the download package.

Download Slidedocs here (free)

Sampath Sri Warnakula

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One comment

  1. 05.12.2014
    Dear Nancy: Thank you very much for your offer of free download of SlideDocs. I am in debt with you. I am going to study and try to improve my own presentations using the great ideas you are sharing in an unselfish way with us. My best wishes and regards. Cordially, Francisco Rivas

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