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Nancy Duarte joins us to talk about how to ignite change through speeches, stories, ceremonies and symbols.


  • How a failure sparked an entire body of work

  • Overcoming emotional wounds from parents

  • The decision to focus on being the best in the world at one thing

  • Moments in time that test our hearts and our grit

  • Going from college drop out to speaker at the same university

  • Turning every Obstacle into an Opportunity

  • Resolving our need for parental approval

  • Bringing focus to your work by saying no

  • How hobbies can create careers

  • Lessons from working with Al Gore

  • Using speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols


I’ve become the antithesis of what my destiny would dictate I’d become

Creating a movement is the long game

If you wake up everyday, and do what brings you peace and passion you’ll end up in the right place.

We were in business 20 years before my first book was written.

I think you are hardwired and made with a destiny.

Part of transformation at scale and creating a movement is letting go of the past and embracing the future


Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols

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Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, LA Times and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. The largest design agency in the Silicon Valley, and 5th largest woman-owned employer, Duarte, Inc. is estimated to have created more than a quarter of a million presentations.

Originally aired 7 months ago.

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