A Great Webinar, Dave Gray is coming to Toronto! and VizThink turns 1!

Wow – I hadn’t realize that I’d already gone two weeks since last posting. Needless to say it’s been a busy couple of weeks – since we last “chatted”:

1. New VizThink site
Part of preparing for the launch of the new community site (news coming very, very soon on that) was going back and making some changes to the VizThink public website to sort out some UI & IA issues that would have made adding a whole raft of new functionality to it very difficult. The redesign is live now – stop by and check it out!

2. Webinar with Nancy Duarte
Last week we had a great webinar session with Nancy Duarte, one of the presentation guru’s behind Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” presentation deck. Over the course of an hour, Nancy walked the almost 140 viewers through her thoughts and ideas around creating and delivering effective presentations though tools like PowerPoint or Keynote – then finished up with a great Q&A segment.

If you missed it don’t worry – the entire session can be found here on the VizThink blog.

3. Dave Gray Workshop coming to Toronto
This is one of the more exciting developments for me personally – originally the plan had been to hold off on workshops until after the summer but Dave was available and we managed to pull another workshop together, this time in Toronto!

Dave does fantastic sections and a major reason I’m doing the job I am today was the session of Dave’s that I attended back in September of 2006. Dave has a really relaxed, fun delivery style and is easily one of the top minds in the industry today – if you can find a way to get to this session I highly, highly recommend it.

Find out more, or register, here.

4. VizThink is 1!

That’s right! Today, June 25th, marks the one year anniversary of VizThink as a full-fledged business (the Toronto community events predate the company by ~4 months). To celebrate, Tom, Chris & myself each got a photo of us out for some ice cream and having a beer (the beer and ice cream were consumed separately) – a distributed anniversary party if you will.

We’ve put together a couple of posts on the blog today for the anniversary, stop by and check them out: Anniversary Celebration & The Story of VizThink

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Creating Powerful Presentations with Nancy Duarte [06/17/08]

The name may not be familiar but I’m pretty sure you’ll know her work. Next Tuesday VizThink is running a free webinar with Nancy Duarte, presentation guru and designer of the presentation for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.

Here are just a few of the topics on the agenda:

  • PowerPoint: A powerful tool poorly used or a poor tool overused?
  • What are the top tips for creating powerful presentations?
  • Are there different presentation designs for various audiences? topics?
  • Should we even use words at all?
  • How do I get started creating powerful presentations?
  • And many more, including your questions…

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Time: 8am Pacific/11am Eastern/4pm British Summer Time/5pm Central European Summer Time
Length: 1 Hour
Cost: FREE

Register Now at:

Also, don’t forget to comment on our related post…PowerPoint: A Powerful Tool Poorly Used or a Poor Tool Overused. The prize for the best response will be given out during the webinar. Details on how to respond can be found on that blog post.