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Produce Powerful Presentations (Collection) by Jerry Weissman

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19. Presentation Advice from Novelists II: Storyboard and Verbalize

In the previous chapter, you read about an article in the Wall Street Journal on the creative processes of novelists that offered two valuable pieces of advice for presenters:

• Begin with your goal or objective in mind.

• Write, rewrite, and rewrite.

That same article provided two more pieces of advice from one of the novelists interviewed, Edwidge Danticat, the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Consider Ms. Danticat’s first suggestion:

Before she begins a novel, Edwidge Danticat creates a collage on a bulletin board in her office, tacking up photos she’s taken on trips to her native Haiti and images she clips from magazines .... [She] says she ...

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