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- A great explanation can only come from a deep understanding of your topic, says Mihir Desai. Want your slide shows to excel? Nancy Duarte's got your strategy. That mind-boggling problem won't be so impossible to resolve once you distill it to its essence, says Po-Shen Loh.
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Demystify Complex Concepts: Bring Academic Ideas to Life for Your Audience, with Mihir Desai<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTAxNzY1OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMDM5OTUxMH0.JSm96V4FLPTrXkN-DsGDpZ9Xaaw3PgrYR5TpeutYQXY/img.jpg?width=980" id="a5704" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d03b1a8f692e7ebdf9ff432060958e6a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Through his 18 years of teaching, Harvard professor of finance and law Mihir Desai has seen how hard it can be for students to understand complex concepts. For anyone who's been in the position of introducing new ideas to colleagues, it's a familiar feeling. As he wrote his book, <em>The Wisdom of Finance</em>, he found a method for making explanations resonate with an audience. It involves reacquainting yourself with the core truths underlying a concept, identifying the reasons anyone should care, and wrapping it all in a compelling story.</p>
Communicating to Transform: Formal Presentation Techniques, with Nancy Duarte<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTAxNzc3NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTgyNzUyNX0._0aJa-YxD0QOBkXHiWyo9xFAOn-DMRqJcHxjSTTJXWk/img.jpg?width=980" id="42008" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="48c8a0dba6e8403e798925cbaf29caad" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p> Expert in presentation design Nancy Duarte helps you make your slide shows more successful. She shows how to get started, beginning with choosing the best role for your presentation to play: Should it be a backdrop for a talk or a self-propelled, information-packed document? Duarte talks about making your deck more persuasive by revealing the story in your data, and explains why ruthlessly deleting elements that are important only to you makes your presentation so much more engaging.</p>
Ask the Cleanest Question: Design Solutions Like a Mathematician, with Po-Shen Loh<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTA2MTg4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNTM3MTYxN30.9VipQKaKx-T_D5kCPlCFgi08DXSL97gbV_qOnsd1RkM/img.jpg?width=980" id="56e38" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b58c972aa7a86cf09a23c62a493e7d65" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p> When you're trying to figure something out, attempting to grapple with all of its details can easily become overwhelming. Professor of mathematics and software developer Po-Shen Loh has a way of dealing with problems that you can use in pretty much any context. He suggests that approaching your problem like a mathematician can be the key to arriving at its solution. Putting your finger on its core issues is the first step toward finding a formula that solves it.</p>
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