Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Spark understanding: Explain with story and visuals

Cyrene Domogalla (ELUCYAN LLC)
11:00am11:40am Thursday, July 18, 2019
Product Management and Design
Location: D138-140
Secondary topics:  Customer Centered
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 6 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Technical and nontechnical ICs hoping to communicate their work more succinctly




Verbal interactions, chats, email, and social media—most of us work to communicate thoughts and ideas constantly. But we all want our communications to be stronger, more engaging, and persuasive. You may be surprised to learn it’s a skill you can advance. Here’s your opportunity to learn practical techniques that will support you in being a more effective visual storyteller.

Maybe you’re struggling to get others who are not as familiar with the material to understand what you’re talking about. Maybe people don’t seem engaged or your explanations generate more questions than confidence. Cyrene Domogalla dives into the methods to tackle these issues, outlining useful processes to develop a presentation, pitch, or even a short video for the purposes of explanation. She takes you step-by-step through the structure of building a narrative around your topic, shares a few tricks to selecting the most important information to support your story, and explores how to find or generate visuals that enhance rather than detract from your narrative. You’ll leave with critical basics in communicating technical (and not-as-technical) topics more succinctly and effectively, as well as some tangible and digital tools at your disposal.

Bring something to take notes.

What you'll learn

  • Learn storytelling for business communication and constructing explanations for results
  • See visual tips and tricks to get away from slide-uments and bullets for greater impact
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Cyrene Domogalla


Cyrene Domogalla is a consultant for her own business, ELUCYAN Creative Services, where she helps clients craft explanations around technical and scientific topics. She combines her joy of learning complex topics with storytelling, illustration, and animation skills to help businesses communicate their projects or ideas effectively. Previously, she was a visual and UI designer and a technical communicator at Intel, where she covered topics from processor manufacturing to human resource concerns.

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Cori O'Brien | NGO Open Source Community Manager
08/09/2019 7:54am PDT

Hi! Is there a link to the session recording?