Back in November, I shared that Nancy Duarte released Resonate for free. Check out a video explanation from Duarte herself about the two reasons why she decided to give her book away:
Since we use Resonate to teach our students in Professional Communication and Presentation, a free HTML copy of the book allows them to access the text at any time from any computer. The new, free release has helped eliminate a lot of technological problems and issues. Better yet, the new book contains interactive features which truly allow students to dive into understanding and applying concepts.
Check out Resonate for free here.
Do you appreciate Duarte’s two reasons for releasing her book for free? Do you like the new version of the text?
This afternoon, I checked my inbox to find this startlingly generous, exciting update from the presentation goddess Nancy Duarte herself:
You can get a free copy of Resonate either via HTML5 or on iBooks! How great is that? And how great is Nancy Duarte for sharing her ideas FOR FREE?! She continues to be such an inspiration. I adore her.
I just downloaded the iBook version and am re-reading Resonate for the hundredth time. I must say, the multimedia version beats the hard copy because Duarte’s words and ideas come alive with video and audio. Hearing Nancy Duarte narrate the text using video AND reading the original text helps me connect with the material in a new way. There are also pop-ups to click on for more information on a particular subject.
Thanks to Nancy Duarte for creating an interactive, fun, FREE version of her book to reach even more audiences. With this multimedia release, there is absolutely no excuse to continue delivering bad presentations. Share it with everyone you know!!!
What do you like more about the re-release of Resonate including multimedia?
Pintrest is opening up a whole new world for me. Not only do I get to share and explore creative ideas with others, but I’ve found new books, new posters, and new ideas simply by using the social media site. Unlike Facebook, Pintrest is actually a learning tool, and I cannot get enough of it.
For example, my students can use Pintrest when they are working on a project to pin articles and source material as well as images. This helps them when it comes time to cite that work, and I find Pintrest to be a much more organized way to research and prepare for a presentation.
Today, while browsing Pintrest, I found this gem:
What great Pintrest finds have you stumbled across this week?
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Beginning in July, Professional Communication and Presentation will begin using a new textbook: Nancy Duarte’s Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences. I cannot wait for the opportunity to teach Resonate in the classroom, especially since I do believe it to be one of the most comprehensive books on developing strong presentation content.
Resonate covers the following:
- The importance of story in presentations
- How to structure a strong speech
- Duarte’s Sparkline tool
- The audience as the “hero” with the presenter as “mentor”
- Audience analysis
- Developing content that means something to an audience
- Structuring and organizing a presentation
- Duarte’s “S.T.A.R.” moment and how to create one
Resonate also uses case studies to help explain the content in each chapter. Speeches analyzed include MLK’s “Dream” speech and Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk on music and passion among many others.
I cannot wait to begin using this in the classroom!
Do you use Resonate as your class textbook? How do students respond to this book as opposed to something more cliche such as Speak Up or The Art of Public Speaking?