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How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte

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Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage — or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter — is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobulated that you skip over major points? Will the audience be receptive to your ideas, or will you notice a guy in row three nodding off to sleep?

Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations. The author of Slide:ology and Resonate, Duarte has just released a new book through the Harvard Business Review: The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations.

The TED Blog talked with Duarte in her California office about what makes a killer presentation, as well as about how giving her own TED Talk shaped her thoughts on presenting.

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Um alemão de coração búlgaro

Enrico spent some days in Sofia and made this small diary of his stay. Thank you so much, my friend! Big hug. ❤

AMOR AO REDOR DO MUNDO

2013

Steffen é alemão e se mudou para Sófia com sua namorada há um ano e meio. Segundo ele, a forma hospitaleira como foi recebido pelos búlgaros, transformou sua maneira de pensar e agir.

Desde então, passou a receber viajantes de diversos países em seu apartamento. Nos conhecemos através do projeto Couchsurfing – escrevi um artigo explicando o que é isso, clique aqui e entenda – fiz uma solicitação de acomodação para cinco dias e ele aceitou.

Desembarquei no Aeroporto Internacional de Sófia, peguei um ônibus para o centro da cidade, almocei e segui de metrô para casa de Steffeen.

Fui recebido com chá e bolo.

O alemão contou um pouco sobre sua paixão pelos búlgaros. “Esse povo é amável e acolhedor. Adotei a Bulgária como meu país, quando visito a Alemanha já não me sinto mais em casa. Eles – os búlgaros – fizeram eu enxergar o mundo com outros olhos.”

Também falou sobre a crise financeira…

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the division bell – high hopes – Pink Floyd

High Hopes
Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun
Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we’ve been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever

Listen to the song on youtube.

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The divison bell
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