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Visual thinking for the business world

Visual thinking for the business world
As we reach the final countdown before the launch of my new book (pre-order Show and Tell now and join me for a secret webinar on April 10), I am reflecting on the many incredible presentation books I have relied on for inspiration, guidance, and reference. Scanning across the bookshelves in my office (I buy them all on paper because I like to draw in them), it dawns on me that my collection falls into three must-read categories. I’m going to say a few words about the books in the first two categories, then a lot about the last. 1) Must-read books about presentations Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (Be alive, be thoughtful, be colorful)Slideology and Resonate by Nancy Duarte (Be visual, be simple, be a storyteller)The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever (Be clear, be concise, be intelligent)The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo (Be intentional, be inquisitive, be prepared) 2) Must-read books sort-of about presentations

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Life, in six words: Highlights from our chat with Larry Smith In 2006, Larry Smith issued a challenge to his online community: encapsulate your life in a six-word memoir. It quickly became a phenomenon, with people all around the world chiming in. Smith is still fascinated by the short tales people tell about themselves — especially those told by kids. And so he conceptualized the TED Book Things Don’t Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World. The twist? Students would draw as well as write their six-word manifestos.

visual Archives The book that got me into Stoic thinking was William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009). Stoicism resonated with me: the reminder that my perception of things is separate from what those things are; the acceptance that I can control only how I respond to life, not what happens; the awareness of mortality that belies the insignificance of our drama and sharpens the appreciation of our short lives. When I went through popular translations of the source books like the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus’ Discourses and the Enchiridion, I found them easy to read, with a wealth of ideas to apply to my life. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for more applications of Stoicism to everyday life.

SAGE Video - Visible Thinking in the Classroom Citations Maguire, M. (Academic). (2015). Visible thinking in the classroom [Streaming video]. Progressive Reduction: Evolving the Experience for Your Most Frequent Users I’m a big fan of minimalist design, so whenever I have the opportunity to reduce the information presented on a screen to just the bare essentials, I’m happy. With that in mind, I realize that certain patterns that we (designers) want users to execute require learned behaviors. For this, we often use labels, tooltips, etc. so that users know where to go and what to do. You Can Now Pay Important People To Listen To Your Music It’s always been one of the biggest difficulties for an independent musician: how to get their music heard by ‘important people.’ Influencers. Industry people. Celebrities.

Spanish Storytelling for Leaders now available Posted by Shawn Callahan - September 23, 2014Filed in Business storytelling, News Early this year we appointed two business partners in Mexico, one in Mexico City (Jesus Trejo) and the other in Monterrey (Astrolab). Of course this meant translating our Storytelling for Leaders materials into Spanish. We engaged a professional translator in Mexico City who did a wonderful job understanding the nuances of our work and making the most appropriate translation. Our business partners are very pleased with the result. So now there is a Spanish Storytelling for Leaders.

The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press Edward Tufte is a statistician and artist, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University. He wrote, designed, and self-published 4 classic books on data visualization. The New York Times described ET as the "Leonardo da Vinci of data," and Business Week as the "Galileo of graphics." He is now writing a book/film The Thinking Eye and constructing a 234-acre tree farm and sculpture park in northwest Connecticut, which will show his artworks and remain open space in perpetuity. Social Media Marketing World: Social Media's Mega Conference! Social Media Examiner Join 4,000 fellow marketers at the mega-conference designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner. “This was honestly (and I’m not just saying this) the best conference I’ve attended in my professional life. It was a conference like no other.

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