resonate review: Vivid insights into potent storytelling

Ian Griffin criticizes the subtitle of Nancy Duarte’s latest book, resonate. His objection? The subtitle fails to do justice to the many rich ideas Duarte brings to speech-making through storytelling.

Nancy Duarte has done it again.

Her new book, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, is a prequel to the best-selling slide:ology, which set a new standard for excellence in PowerPoint design. Resonate is the book to read before you read slide:ology, because it explains how to understand audiences, create persuasive content and structure a talk before firing up PowerPoint.

The book equals slide:ology’s beauty, sharing the same high production standards and stunning graphics. But don’t be seduced by its design or the misled by the subtitle. My one complaint with resonate is that the subtitle is too limiting. It’s far more than a book on how to “present visual stories”; rather, it’s an extensive listing of the secrets and essential truths of the best storytellers and public speakers, whether they use visuals or not.

Whereas Duarte’s first book explored the intricacies of design and the contrasts of the color wheel, resonate explores the intricacies of storytelling and effective ways to build emotional contrasts into the core of the speakers’ message.

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