Updated Powerpoint Presentations Are Meant To Be Read Like A Book [Pics]
Slidedocs revitalizes work presentations with engaging visuals and minimal copy.
Hour-long work meetings can zap the energy out of even the peppiest of employees, with boring presentations read out loud to an even more lifeless crowd.
Nancy Duarte, the CEO of Duarte Design, has set out to change this with Slidedocs – a new medium Duarte describes as a visual document that is meant to be read and referenced during a presentation instead of projected like a Powerpoint.
Like a hybrid between a slideshow presentation and a document, Slidedocs helps people absorb more information by presenting findings and data in chunks, and combining visuals and bits of text.
Duarte told Co.Design that the idea for the new concept came from “being sick of presentations.” She said,
Often, presenters are basically hosting a readalong, not doing a presentation. But if you present information in chunks with a Slidedoc, readers can breeze through it and get at the heart of the ideas much more efficiently.
Duarte envisions a world where Slidedocs are distributed in organizations so people can read ahead prior to presentations, thereby making the actual presentation a time for collaboration or brainstorming instead of a one-way event where the speaker reads the information line for line.
The new book gives readers a step-by-step guide on how to choose the best mode of communication that suits their needs and helps them create their own Slidedocs. The book also presents real-world examples of how companies are able to get their points across by combining visual content and well-written copy.
Duarte’s book can be downloaded from the company’s website. She is also offering webinars on how to use Slidedocs.