Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc. and the author of several best-selling books on presentations and communications. Her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, co-authored with Patti Sanchez, shows how the world’s greatest leaders use powerful communication to move people and ideas forward. She has a passion for teaching others about the power of persuasive presentations to drive change in the world.
In this conversation, Nancy discusses her keynote at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
Geetesh: You deliver the opening keynote at this year’s Presentation Summit where you will speak about Illuminate. Can you give us a curtain-raiser introduction to Illuminate? Also, what takeaways can attendees anticipate from your talk?
Nancy: When presentations are coupled with stories and ceremonies, leaders can ignite change more effectively. As one of the largest presentation firms, I’ve had to learn this the hard way and I will be sharing personal stories about my shop, my wins and losses as a leader and how fired up I am that so many in the room believe presentations make a huge difference in the world.
Geetesh: Nancy, not only are you a renowned author, but you run Duarte, a company that works with messages, slides, and delivery coaching. I am sure you do so much more. How do you prioritize what needs to be done, or do you just have the freedom to do whatever you want to do?
Nancy: I’ve surrounded myself with a rockstar executive team. It took me a long time to figure out my role as CEO. There’s no job description for one. So, I spend my time five ways: as investor, inventor, ambassador, teacher, and student. Now, I’m slowly delegating some of that. As an entrepreneur, there are always plenty of responsibilities to get through each day but I have been able to carve out for myself working on things that play to my strengths and energize me. I work long days that have meetings scheduled in 15 to 30 min increments but because I enjoy what I do, it doesn’t feel like a burden. Also, it helps to try to listen to TV while I e-mail in the evenings and pretend I’m not working. My weekends are kept free for me to hike, contemplate and then do it all over again.
See Also: Nancy Duarte on Indezine
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: October 23 to 26, 2016
Location: Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, United States
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