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The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

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Welcome Back,
Nancy Duarte!

Our Monday morning keynote speaker

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

Welcome Back,
Nancy Duarte!

Our Monday morning keynote speaker

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

Breadth

Creating successful presentations is about more than just software. It is about crafting sharp messages, creating intelligent presentation design, employing smart PowerPoint techniques, and developing comfort before an audience. The Presentation Summit offers all of this at levels you won’t find anywhere else.

Depth

We deliver insight, inspiration, and community to create a conference experience that you will remember forever. Our breadth of coverage, depth of expertise, willingness to help, and passion for creating engagement all add up to a business conference that is completely unlike any other you will attend.

Scale

The Presentation Summit enters its 14th season as we make our first visit to Las Vegas, Oct 23-26, 2016. Spend three days with us and never look at a presentation project the same way again. Three days and immediately distinguish yourself from 99% of the people creating or delivering presentations today.

What strikes me most is the sheer amount of resources I was able to add to my personal toolkit. How could I not have realized these were available in the 15 years I've been in sales and marketing? Talk about an "ah ha" moment!

Anna Dunmeyer
Sr. Dir. of Marketing, TMS Health, Xerox
 

I've been in business for more than 35 years and have attended many conferences. Hour for hour, the Presentation Summit has been one of the most productive uses of my time I have ever encountered at a professional gathering.

Ken Sneeden
Ft. Myers, FL

It was incredible to find my people. The energy, enthusiasm, and operational excellence have fostered a wonderful community. I can't say enough about the interactions I had and what I learned from my colleagues.

Daren Lewis
Director, Content and Strategy, The Presentation Company
 

I learned so much, I met people who speak the same language as I, from a design and build point of view in PowerPoint, and who get it. The tips and tricks have been lifesaving and the Microsoft guys were so insightful and willing to help. Thank you for this amazing conference!

Bianca Malison
Graphic Design Specialist
Symphony EYC, United Kingdom

The Presentation Summit is one of the best conference I have ever attended, hands down. I already miss the kindness, support, and talent that surrounded me for three days. This conference is about passion, sharing and top notch visual communication. Every moment of this event is crafted to help you become a better presentation professional while making you feel part of a wonderful and generous family.

Ines Natale
Creative Director, Lattice Semiconductor

I leave with more than network connections, I leave the conference with new friends. I also leave with more than my company's money's worth of tips, tricks, best practices, and new approach. The number of attendees whose name tags showed that they have attended seven, eight, nine times already. Wow, what a testimony to value and positive experience.

Kathleen Donnelly
Oakwood Worldwide, Los Angeles CA

I really appreciated the cross-section of experts. Each speaker delivered value in the breakouts and we all walked away with key learning nuggets. The Help Center is a great concept, as well, and I was able to resolve a significant problem I was having with PowerPoint. Well organized and well executed.

Geoffrey Holloway
VP, Canadian Sales, A.O. Smith
 

I was blown away by all the information and so many break-out sessions you had. I loved the 20-minute speed seminars. They all inspired me to do more. Don't they say that teachers make the best students?

Kathy Howe
Educator, Sedona AZ

I don't think I would have appreciated the Summit as much if I hadn't gone straight to another conference afterward. The one I'm attending now is so huge and impersonal. The Presentation Summit enabled me to learn from real people in the trenches, and I appreciate that much more now, having seen the alternative.

Rebecca Kerr
Marketing & Communications Manager, Poll Everywhere

Easily the most accessible and open-armed people I've encountered at a conference. Good times!

Robert Heske
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Andover MA

The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

How we design our seminars

At the Presentation Summit, you will get to choose among three concurrent seminars or workshops taking place at any given time.

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Design

Looks at questions of design and aesthetics, story and message, and audience connection. This track explores the qualities that make up excellent presentation content and is where we showcase the work of prominent presentation designers and communication specialists.

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Build

Dedicated to the nuts-and-bolts techniques and strategies that comprise effective use of PowerPoint and related software. It caters to those in the trenches—the ones who pump out slides by the truckload and need to learn how to be as efficient and as productive as possible. It is a haven for all of the nitty-gritty tips and tricks on myriad topics.

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Deliver

Explores all the various ways, conventional and unconventional, in which presentations can be delivered to audiences. There are more than ever these days, with so many cloud-based technologies, but we will never lose sight of the personal dynamic of presenter meeting audience.

Our 2016 partners

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Our 2016 partners

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Epson
Get my Graphics
Inscale
Made In Office
Microsoft
The Presentation Guild
sendsteps
SlideSource.com
Speechless

Silver


Catchbox
GoReact
Indezine
InfoTV
Realeyes Connect
RendrFX
SMK-Link

The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

Schedule of Seminars and Events

This list is tentative and subject to change, just like everything else in life. All speaker bios open in separate windows.

Schedule of Seminars and Events

This list is tentative and subject to change, just like everything else in life. All speaker bios open in separate windows.

Sat
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Sat

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Welcome Happy Hour
Meet the early birds
If you come to town early (several dozen do), join us for a get-acquainted happy hour.

Sun

10:00am - 12:00pm  |  Crash Course
Morning at the Improv
Improvise your way to more confident presentations
Being quick on your feet could be good for your career: become a better presenter by discovering the secrets of unscripted speaking and stand-up comedy.
Derek McCaw

12:30pm - 2:30pm  |  Crash Course
Farewell to Death by PowerPoint
Everything you need to know to start creating wonderful presentations
This two-hour crash course is the perfect jumpstart to the conference, guaranteed to get you off on the right foot by helping you craft, design, and strategize through the process of creating first-rate presentations.
Rick Altman

3:00pm - 5:00pm  |  Crash Course
Template Creation Workshop
Secrets and recipes for building awesome PowerPoint templates
Is it finally time for you to understand and take control of your templates? Yes!
Echo Swinford
Julie Terberg

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception
Our unofficial launch party
We’re not really sure when the conference officially begins, but our hosted reception Sunday evening, open to all patrons, would be as good a place as any to call “Go.” The anticipatory buzz in the room is sensational and all patrons are encouraged to schedule their travel to be able to attend.

9:00pm - 10:30pm  |  Evening Session
Entrepreneur’s Round Table
Ready to hang out a shingle?
Being an entrepreneur is exciting and it can be a challenge when you don’t have an opportunity to gather with others and share best practices. Here is your opportunity.
Nolan Haims

Mon

8:30am - 9:30am  |  Keynote Address
Illuminate
Ignite change through speeches, stories, ceremonies, and symbols
Inspiring change takes creativity, tenacity, and thoughtful communication.
Nancy Duarte

9:45am - 10:30am  |  Design
Why Presentation Design Matters
A call to arms and a shot in the arm
To a lot of people, presentation design is an afterthought instead of an essential skill. That needs to change.
Ryan Orcutt

9:45am - 10:30am  |  Build
Do-it-Yourself Graphics
Create advanced effects, all within PowerPoint
Build complex images and eye-popping visuals.
Mike Parkinson

9:45am - 10:30am  |  Deliver
Present Like a Hottie
Look like a pro while you present from home
It might be nice to present from your pajamas, but presenting at home has its own challenges. This hour helps you overcome them.
Heather Ackmann

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Design
The Makeover Maven Returns
Before-and-after examples from your work
You give us your ugly ducklings and we turn them into swans.
Julie Terberg

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Build
PowerPoint and Video
Video formats, codecs, resolution, and other technical stuff you do kind of need to know
What is PowerPoint looking for with inserted video? Learn the secrets to taming this beast and delivering smooth and seamless video within PowerPoint.
Troy Chollar

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Deliver
Special Delivery
A workshop to bring out the best you in you
If public speaking is based on authenticity, every one of us is capable of being great at it. This hour breaks down the barriers and helps you find what makes you great.
Mike Parkinson

1:45pm - 2:45pm  |  General Session
Presentation Rap
We dish with the masters
There’s no better place than the Summit to take a measure of the state of presentations, and our star-studded panel will weigh in.
Rick Altman

3:00pm - 3:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
No More Trouble with Tables
Twelve steps to better table design
Taming the tool that brings you rows and columns.
Nolan Haims

3:00pm - 3:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Life is Full of Crop(ping)
The one tool that can make anyone’s photos better
PowerPoint’s cropping tools are more powerful than most people realize. This session shows you how to leverage them to save time and effort.
Echo Swinford

3:30pm - 3:50pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
The One-Second Chart
Do we exaggerate? Come and see for yourself...
Create instantly understandable charts.
Nolan Haims

3:30pm - 3:50pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
No Excuse for Not Being Charismatic
A 12-step approach to powerful speaking
A practical, and humorous look at the pride, pitfalls, and prejudices that stop good speakers from being great.
Jim Harvey

4:00pm - 4:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Avoiding Color Anarchy
For those who think that pink and yellow might work together
Choosing harmonious colors doesn’t have to be difficult.
Julie Terberg

4:00pm - 4:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Is English EFL or ESL?
English might be your first language, but is it theirs?
What simple things can the native English speaker do to communicate more effectively with “rest-of-the-world” audiences?
Emma Bannister
Jim Harvey

9:00pm -   |  Evening Session
The Late-Night Guru Session
Stay up with us and learn all those insider stories
We hardly ever stop at the Summit and the Guru Session is proof positive. Led by a 17-year veteran of the PowerPoint development team, this session features stories you won’t get anywhere else.
Ric Bretschneider

Tue

8:30am - 9:30am  |  Keynote Address
Being Centered while Taking Center Stage
Staying centered while speaking in public
It’s no secret that the idea of speaking publicly frightens many of us, but there is a way to be more present, to make your contribution with more ease, and maybe even enjoy yourself.
Sunni Brown

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Design
The Art of Motion
Animation without embarrassment
Is PowerPoint’s animation engine one of the finest works of digital engineering or one of the most loathsome creations? The real control is in the hands of the violinist, not the violin. This session will help you appreciate properly-conceived animation.
Rick Altman

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Build
Metamorphosis!
PowerPoint’s cool new Morph tool
Use PowerPoint's Best New Animation: the Morph Slide Transition!
Troy Chollar

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Deliver
Unlocking the Value of Data
How to thrive when your story is about data and told with data
What do leaders do when they have to illustrate potential business value? Enter data visualization.
Jonathan Schwabish

10:45am - 1:45pm  |  Special Event
Digital Photography Field Trip
Special Event
A group of 15 will take their cameras out into the world to learn about capturing slices of life through their lenses.
Paul Huntington

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Design
Real-World Makeovers
For the busy professional for whom everything is due yesterday
The makeovers during this hour, taken from patron submissions, carry with them the hope that you will look at them and say, “Hey, I can do that.”
Rick Altman

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Build
Learning to Love Layouts
Even if you want nothing to do with templates
Layouts are part of the templating system, but they don’t have to be. You don’t have to know templates, use them, or even like them in order to prosper with PowerPoint’s layout engine. This hour shows you how.
Echo Swinford

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Deliver
Better Presenting through Psychology
Using the latest thinking in psychology to make you better at your job
Proven solutions that every presenter and designer must know in order to build compelling and memorable presentations.
Mike Parkinson

1:45pm - 2:45pm  |  General Session
Ask Microsoft
You, a room, and the folks who develop PowerPoint
As the saying goes, if you could just get them in a room with you! Here’s your chance, as the leaders of the software development team sit down to get real with you about software development. You get to ask them anything...

3:00pm - 3:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
All About Icons
Sourcing, converting and using iconography like a pro
How to find and insert editable iconography into PowerPoint.
Nolan Haims

3:00pm - 3:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Honey, I Wrote a Script
And you can, too
Watch how the most code-averse person can create a script and use it to save hundreds of minutes of time within PowerPoint.
Rick Altman

3:30pm - 3:50pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
No More Bullet Points!
Quick solutions for transforming bullet-laden slides
Convert any slide of bullet points into a visual story
Nolan Haims

3:30pm - 3:50pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Zoom!
A new tool for interactivity
Derek Johnson

4:00pm - 4:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
Stop Retyping!
Five ways to reuse what you already have
If text exists on a computer screen, there’s a good chance that you can harvest it without having to retype it. You owe it to yourself to find out how.
Taylor Croonquist

4:00pm - 4:20pm  |  Afternoon Tapas
What’s on Your QAT?
How do you use this incredible timesaver?
The Quick Access Toolbar is PowerPoint's Best add-in and you should be using it!
Troy Chollar

Wed

8:30am - 9:30am  |  Keynote Address
Again
How to repeat responsibly
What makes a message repeatable and how do we become memorable without becoming annoying?
Carmen Simon

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Design
All About Imagery
The ultimate how-to guide
Everything you never even knew to ask about integrating photos into your slide work.
Nolan Haims

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Build
Geeking Out with Hyperlinks and Triggers
Create smarter slides with hyperlinks, actions, and triggers
Why do we give such linear presentations? Maybe because that’s PowerPoint’s default behavior. This hour breaks you free from that type of thinking.
Rick Altman

9:45am - 10:45am  |  Deliver
The Wonders of Pecha Kucha
Embracing constraint creates amazing presentations
Twenty slides, 20 seconds each. The Pecha Kucha presentation style entertains, informs, and is the antithesis of Death by PowerPoint.
Ric Bretschneider

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Design
Inspired by Design
Copy, transform, and combine to make it your own
You want a fresh approach, but don’t know where to turn. This is the perfect time for a bit of creative inspiration. Take a break from PowerPoint and look elsewhere for ideas.
Julie Terberg

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Build
Faster, Faster, Faster!
A PowerPoint crackhead shares his mania with all of you
It’s an addiction, we admit: the need to do everything more quickly, with fewer moving parts, and less manual repetition. Our No. 1 addict shamelessly shows you what feeds his habit the most.
Taylor Croonquist

11:15am - 12:15pm  |  Deliver
Live, from the Summit
The making of a podcast
Be a part of the audience for this live recorded episode of The Presentation Podcast, featuring guest Rick Altman and live audience Q&A.
Troy Chollar
Troy Chollar

2:00pm - 3:00pm  |  Special Event
Encore Performances
Reruns...by request
Sadists at heart, we love torturing you with too many choices. Here is an opportunity to attend one of the sessions you missed the first time around.

3:00pm - 4:00pm  |  General Session
Five Minutes or Fewer
Tips to match your attention span
By Wednesday afternoon, we’re all fried. So here is a friendly procession of short tips, pieces of advice, and anecdotes, as told by the conference team and patrons alike.

Thu

10:00am - 10:00pm
Something Fun
For those who just can’t get enough of us
Several dozen choose to stay on an extra day and usually we plan a great group outing. We’ll all figure it out together and then have a killer dinner somewhere. Stay tuned...

Presenters and Experts

 

Keynote Speakers
Presenting Team
Help Center Specialists
Keynote Speakers

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is Founder and Chief Human Potentialist of Sunni Brown Ink, an international consultancy supporting organizational problem-solving around communication, creativity and culture. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. She is a global public speaker and and the best-selling author of "Gamestorming" and "The Doodle Revolution." Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views and her work has been featured in such major U.S. publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED and Entrepreneur.


Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times and on CNN. She is the CEO of Duarte, Inc., and her firm has created more than a quarter of a million presentations. Nancy has spoken at numerous conferences including TEDx, South by Southwest, Inbound, and World Domination Summit. She is the author of three award-winning books: "Slide:ology," "Resonate, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations," and co-author of "Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols."


Carmen Simon

Dr. Simon has helped companies revolutionize the way they communicate and relate to their employees and clients. A co-founder at Rexi Media, Carmen’s focus is on communication design, applied in face-to-face, virtual, or on-demand settings. A published author, she has kept audiences alert and entertained in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, China, and Japan.


Presenting Team

Heather Ackmann

Heather Ackmann is a PowerPoint MVP and globally-recognized instructional designer with 15+ years experience developing educational materials in virtual and face-to-face contexts, ranging from step-by-step processes for end-users to world-class professional support for fellow Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). She has produced, designed, and narrated 200+ hours of video-based training, and is the author of Conversational Office 2016, designed to introduce new Office features. The book is free to download compliments of www.conversationalgeek.com.


Rick Altman

Rick has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989. He is the author of 15 books on presentations and graphics, including “Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck…and how you can make them better.” This is his 14th season hosting the Presentation Summit.


Emma Bannister

Emma is the founder and CEO at Presentation Studio, an Australian-based design consultancy. Passionate that powerful presentations consist of more than just visual design, she teaches Visual Thinking, a method for integrating message with visual representation. Sharing her knowledge in an approachable, entertaining way, Bannister gives audiences practical tools for transforming their presentations and careers.


Ric Bretschneider

Ric Bretschneider spent 17 years working on the Microsoft PowerPoint team, building features you both love and fear. Along with his passion for software design, he has spent many years teaching users good presentation practices, and fighting "Death by PowerPoint" through hard and soft skill building. He created the Microsoft PowerPoint Team blog, writing more entries there than any other individual blogger, and still writes on the subject today.

A featured speaker at every Presentation Summit, Ric notoriously and accidentally created its popular “Late Night Guru Session.” There patrons learn PowerPoint secrets and talk presenting into the wee hours of the night. At ricbret.com you can discover even more about him and how he can help you as well.


Troy Chollar

Troy Chollar is President of TLC Creative Services and a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint. TLC Creative Services has grown to a 10-person graphic design firm that specializes in large-scale presentations, across multiple screens, with dynamic animation, multimedia integration, and high impact visuals. TLC Creative Services is now in its 18th year and Troy has been hosting www.ThePowerPointBlog.com for the past seven years. He has attended every Presentation Summit...except that spooky New Orleans/Halloween year...


Taylor Croonquist

Taylor is the co-founder of Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, a website delivering actionable PowerPoint training to working professionals around the world. He helps his students build professional corporate slides in a third of the time. Prior to Nuts & Bolts, Taylor lived and worked in China for 10 years in finance and consulting. When he’s not busy crafting PowerPoint training, you can find him traveling and scuba diving.


Nolan Haims

With more than 20 years experience in the field of visual communications, Nolan helps organizations and individuals show up differently and tell better stories with fewer words. As a designer and art director, he has created high-end presentations, keynote addresses and pitches for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions, top foundations, and all the major television networks. Nolan trains organizations to think visually and to create and give more effective presentations. He speaks at national conferences, writes extensively on visual storytelling and is recognized by Microsoft as a PowerPoint MVP.

In a past life, Nolan was an award-winning magician and juggler and performed with the Moscow Circus and Vermont's Circus Smirkus before turning to theatre. He directed and wrote professionally, creating stories on stages in New York and around the country for a decade.


Jim Harvey

Jim has a degree in history that he put to good use writing one liners for stand-up comedians in the UK back in the 1990s. He was often paid in cigarettes and beer, which was fine until he gave up both. He now runs a small creative agency (The Message Business) in the UK, and is one of the founders of www.Presentation-Guru.com. He played rugby for 25 years and loves family, poetry and beer, sometimes in the opposite order of priority.


Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson is a Principal PM Manager at Microsoft, working on PowerPoint. His team has been responsible for recent features including Morph, Designer, and now Zoom. Derek was responsible for the team shipping the first version of PowerPoint on iPad and iPhone, and the PowerPoint for Mac 2016 release.


Derek McCaw

Derek is an actor and writer dividing his time between the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Since 2000, he has run the popular Fanboy Planet website. He has also been performing with the improvisational group ComedySportz since 1989.


Ryan Orcutt

Ryan Orcutt joined Duarte in 2004 and now serves as Associate Creative Director. His 10+ years has seen him helping some of the world's most influential speakers craft, visualize, and deliver some of today's most compelling and persuasive stories. A natural visual thinker, storyteller, and designer, Ryan’s skill lies in his ability to combine all three. He's a true believer in the power of presentations and a well-studied student of the Duarte principles. If you dropped in at Duarte headquarters, you'd most likely find him leading a client workshop, drawing a storyboard, or bar tending the Friday afternoon happy hour.


Mike Parkinson

Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, solution and strategy expert, award-winning author, trainer, and popular public speaker. As a Microsoft MVP and APMP Fellow, Mike helps Fortune 500 companies improve their success rates. Mike shares his expertise through books like Billion Dollar Graphics, articles, and online tools. He is also partner at 24 Hour Company (www.24hrco.com), a premier creative services firm.


Jonathan Schwabish

As a Senior Research Associate for the Urban Institute and its Income and Benefits Policy Center, Jonathan is a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He specializes in data visualization and presentation design and his research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy.

He was named a “visualization thought leader” by AllAnalytics in 2012 and speaks widely on the issues of data visualiz ation, open data, and data use in organizations. He also co-hosts the Rad Presenters Podcast, which aims to improve people's presentation skills.


Echo Swinford

A Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2000, Echo Swinford began her PowerPoint career in 1997. She holds a Master's degree in New Media from the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Informatics. Echo is the owner of Echosvoice, a PowerPoint consulting firm specializing in custom template development, presentation creation, makeovers and cleanup, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo has written and co-written three PowerPoint books and has a string of tech editing credits to her name. Visit Echo’s Web site at www.echosvoice.com


Julie Terberg

Julie specializes in designing creative presentations. As the owner of Terberg Design, Julie helps presenters better communicate their ideas with an audience through the use of clear visual concepts and images. She’s a member of the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP team and enjoys sharing knowledge with other presentation designers.


Help Center Specialists

Geetesh Bajaj

Geetesh does three things: he runs a PowerPoint specific site called indezine.com, he trains business users in creating and delivering presentations, and he writes books. When he is not doing any of these, he is probably traveling somewhere. Based in Hyderabad India, he has been a Most Valued Professional (MVP) for PowerPoint since 2001 and has attended all 11 conferences, selflessly giving of his time and expertise in the Help Center.


Troy Chollar

Troy Chollar is President of TLC Creative Services and a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint. TLC Creative Services has grown to a 10-person graphic design firm that specializes in large-scale presentations, across multiple screens, with dynamic animation, multimedia integration, and high impact visuals. TLC Creative Services is now in its 18th year and Troy has been hosting www.ThePowerPointBlog.com for the past seven years. He has attended every Presentation Summit...except that spooky New Orleans/Halloween year...


Sandra Johnson

Sandy Johnson helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. She has owned her presentation design business since 2001. As a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly.

Sandy first earned the Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Award in 2008. For more information, visit www.presentationwiz.biz.


Steve Rindsberg

An MVP since 1996, Steve has assisted PowerPoint users online for more than 25 years. He has conducted numerous seminars and written magazine articles and books on PowerPoint. In a former life, he ran a slide service bureau and learned far more about PostScript and Acrobat PDF than is reasonable for a growing boy. He is the author of many of the popular PPTools PowerPoint add-ins. He swears he talked Rick into hosting this conference in the first place. [Editor’s note: He did...]


Glenna Shaw

Glenna Shaw has over two decades of experience with presentations, data visualizations, dashboards, demos, prototypes and system user interfaces. She is a Certified Project Management Professional and a Microsoft PowerPoint Most Valued Professional (MVP). Glenna is frequently sought out for her innovative information management solutions using SharePoint and Microsoft Office as well as her creative visual communications designs.

Glenna is also the author of tutorials on using sensory psychology to improve visual communications at www.visualology.net.


Echo Swinford

A Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2000, Echo Swinford began her PowerPoint career in 1997. She holds a Master's degree in New Media from the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Informatics. Echo is the owner of Echosvoice, a PowerPoint consulting firm specializing in custom template development, presentation creation, makeovers and cleanup, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo has written and co-written three PowerPoint books and has a string of tech editing credits to her name. Visit Echo’s Web site at www.echosvoice.com


John Wilson

John is the C.E.O. of PowerPoint Alchemy, based in the North of the UK, and has been a Microsoft MVP since 2007. The company specializes in writing custom PowerPoint plug-ins for major multinationals around the world. The company motto, “If it’s impossible, it might take longer” comes from John’s passion for problem solving.


The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

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What type of an event is this?

The Presentation Summit is not a web conference and it is not a big trade show. It is a user conference, featuring live presentations, workshops, and a hands-on support center. People attend in order to learn how to become better content creators, better presentation designers, better storytellers, better presenters, and better users of PowerPoint and other software. They leave with a much broader and deeper understanding of the principles and best practices for presentation design, creation, and delivery.

The more wired, Internet-centric, and impersonal our professions become, the more important it is to create a sense of belonging with a group of users. You can only go so far with social media and webinars; there still is no substitute for meeting colleagues and peers face-to-face. It is almost magical the kind of energy created when several hundred people convene, all of whom have something in common before even meeting one another. And if it really does take a village to evolve a group of professionals, we are the ones to create it. We are now in our fourth decade of hosting conferences like the Presentation Summit.

What types of people come to the Presentation Summit?

While it might be accurate, it would not be terribly helpful to simply answer that this conference is for everyone involved in business pursuits, so let’s categorize:

FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES have obvious stakes in the game, whereby the first impression of a sales call in a conference room or a large-scale announcement could make all the difference in cultivating business relationships and winning hearts and minds. Large organizations have been slowly awakening to the realization that investing in presentation skills is essential, and with that comes the conclusion that neither “PowerPoint training” nor “public speaking classes” is sufficient on its own. They need a more comprehensive learning experience for their communication teams.

On the other side of the spectrum, ENTREPRENEURS and SMALL BUSINESSES are never not trying to distinguish themselves. Whether you are offering consulting services to law firms, graphic design services to the retail industry, or restaurant supplies to a downtown district, potential customers all want to know the same thing: how are you different than the next? If you know how to tell a compelling story and engage an audience, large or small, you immediately distinguish yourself from nearly all of the other people doing what you do. Good presentation skills make up a transferable commodity: audiences are more likely to trust you with your core message when they see the confidence with which you deliver it.

And in the middle are MEDIUM-TIER BUSINESSES, MARKETING TEAMS, and COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENTS across the country and around the world. People in these groups tend to go on auto-pilot, as it is all too easy to trot out the company template, freshen up the language, and head out the door with it. They rely on their slides to an unhealthy degree because they lack the perspective to question the conventional wisdom that likely has prevailed since before they took their current jobs. We don’t allow anyone to go on auto-pilot at the Presentation Summit — we question everything! And from this healthy scrutiny, you are certain to come away with a total reboot of how you approach the presentation process.

From all three of these broad categories, we attract active content creators, heavy users of PowerPoint, and those who are tasked with delivering presentations to audiences, both in person and virtually. We also garner the attention of the department heads who lead the afore-mentioned people. Advertising departments, market research, sales, educational, judicial, financial, medical, government, military…in short, anyone who wants to become more proficient, more productive, and more effective with presentation content is a likely candidate to apply for registration.

Every detail about this conference is designed for and dedicated to the presentation professional and the end users of presentation software. Your pursuit to become more capable, more creative, and more productive make up our Job One.

PowerPoint is easy—why would I pay to go to a conference?

It’s true, PowerPoint is not difficult to pick up and begin creating slides. Our host’s daughters began creating slides when they were each 8, and we all know people who installed it and immediately began creating slides in advance of an upcoming presentation they had to give. It is probably the easiest program in the Office suite to learn.

This is the bad news, not the good news.

This is why the risk is high with PowerPoint. This is why Death by PowerPoint is in everyone’s lexicon. With other creative apps, such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Access, potential users know that it is too difficult to develop proficiency without help. But inexperienced PowerPoint users can already be on their fifth not-so-attractive slide within 15 minutes of breaking the seal. And PowerPoint presentations are rarely created for private use — they are made to be shared with others. That means that an entire company’s reputation goes along for the ride when an inexperienced user begins creating and delivering presentations.

New PowerPoint users need something like the Presentation Summit precisely because the program is so accessible. They need to begin developing taste, sensibility, and restraint before they become a hazard to their own careers!

Perhaps more important, proficiency with the software does not imply expertise with crafting and delivering an engaging and successful presentation. In fact, all too often, the software actually gets in the way. The Summit goes far beyond mere PowerPoint training, covering the whole of the presentation process in a uniquely organic way.

Intermediate users stand to gain even more; they are ready to begin mastery of the techniques that could separate them from the pack. They know how to create slides; now they need to understand how to craft a message that will have maximum impact. They know how to animate bullets; now it is time to learn how to create animation schemes that complement the message. They understand how to import photos to a slide; they will learn how to integrate evocative visuals with simple text messages to ensure that audiences feel the weight of their messages. They will learn these and dozens of other similar skills at the Summit.

Advanced users up the ante even further and this conference delivers with fully-conceived workshops on advanced automation, deployment across thousands of seats at an organization, and a host of secrets revealed for working at maximum speed and efficiency.

This might be a tight budget year. How do I justify attending?

When we debuted this conference in 2003, presentation skills were barely on anyone’s radar. Companies were content to invest in traditional advertising and branding initiatives, secure in a belief that PowerPoint was an easy skill to pick up.

Everything has changed.

From Fortune 100 firms to the sole proprietor, everyone now realizes the importance of creating professional-grade presentation content and delivering it with maximum impact. With the result of bad PowerPoint everywhere you look, the danger of being ill-equipped in this medium is crystal clear.

If you are the head of a communications department who wants to improve presentation skills, your choice is to hire new people with those skills or to train the people you have. Even in an improving economy, Door No. 2 is the most viable option, and the last thing you need is just to send your team to another PowerPoint training class or to a vaguely-defined learning event that promises to turn them into presentation gods or rock stars. They need a more complete exposure to the principles, philosophies, and finer points of presentation design and creation. They also need to widen their network of peers and support avenues. No event on the planet delivers these resources as well as the Summit.

If you are the independent contractor, small business owner, or employee of a budget-strapped firm, you make yourself instantly more valuable to your clients or your bosses when you give your presentation skills this kind of shot in the arm. We choose our cities carefully and manage our cost structures diligently so that we can remain affordable to small businesses and independent professionals.

If you need help convincing your boss of the value of the Presentation Summit, here you go…

How do I know it won’t be boring and tedious like so many business conferences?

The end users who join us at the Presentation Summit in the fall will not have to sit through keynote addresses about sales forecasts, industry trends, or document object models. Instead, if you are one of the 225 to secure a seat at this conference, you will be watching the true experts in the presentation community. You will be watching the most talented presentation experts showcase their talents:

  • How to choose the most effective way to communicate your message.
  • How to deliver that message with maximum impact.
  • How to connect with your audience on an emotional level, not just an intellectual one.
  • How to tell an engaging story, not just recite facts and figures.
  • How to create content for e-learning and instructional design projects.
  • How to increase your understanding of the software many times over.
  • How professional templates are created.
  • How transitions are tuned.
  • How animations are perfected.
  • How slide layouts are made to look inviting and not obnoxious.
  • How to scrutinize your own work and be your own best critic.
  • How to ensure that your presentation looks as good on a notebook PC 3,000 miles away as it does on your own computer.
  • How to work seamlessly on tablets, mobile devices, and in the cloud.
  • How advanced users can write powerful scripts to automate workflow.
  • And how to become dramatically more efficient and productive.

Our conferences spawn lasting relationships. We bring people together who share a common bond and spirit and we turn them into colleagues, business partners, best friends, soulmates…even bride and groom (it’s happened three times).

Do I need to be an advanced user to attend?

Definitely not. We design the Summit for those who use the software regularly, or expect to do so, but we make no assumptions about your level of expertise. We offer three concurrent seminars and workshops, and there will always be a seminar taking place designed for beginning and/or intermediate users, or else there will be instructors in the Help Center dedicated to working with new users on fundamentals and basics.

So we are by no means a conference just for experts, although you’ll surely meet your share of them there and your career is likely to be enhanced by the relationships you’ll be able to cultivate with them. We think of ourselves as a conference for earnest users, for those who have made a significant commitment to the presentation industry.

What is Microsoft’s Role?

Does Microsoft run the event?

It does not. The conference is independently owned and operated. Microsoft contributes in a very important and tangible way, but does not participate financially. This suits both parties — we produce an independent event, in which you know you are getting real-world advice and instruction, and Microsoft can support a conference that doesn’t create a resource drain.

If this is an independent show, will Microsoft be there at all?

Yes. There will be several representatives at the event, ranging from customer service reps, product managers, programmers, and developers. If you have a new feature to request for PowerPoint, the likelihood is high that you will be able to share it with the person who decides what features go into the next version. If you want to ask about a company policy, you’ll find a receptive ear for that, as well.


Microsoft’s Chris Maloney on the value
of the event to the PowerPoint team
and the product’s development

How do I know that it won’t be a bunch of hype?

As we said above, the Presentation Summit is independently owned and operated. The host, Rick Altman, is a computer journalist of over 25 years with a noted lack of shyness for offering opinion and commentary. So while many trade show events have as their primary purpose the selling of goods, services, and technology, our primary purpose is the teaching of them. Trade shows offer carefully-staged demos in which the software always looks terrific; our presenters are there to show you what to do when the software doesn’t look so terrific. If a feature is awesome, we take delight in showing you. And if a feature doesn’t work properly, we take seriously our responsibility to tell you so, and more importantly, to show you the way around it.

Our sole interest is in expanding your understanding. We expect that by attending this conference, it means that you are already a user of PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or another software tool, or that you have already chosen to immerse yourself in the presentation medium. The last thing you need is a sales pitch.


Jamie Garroch on the open
and direct dialogue that
the conference promotes

If it is not a trade show, will there be vendors present?

The Presentation Summit is not a trade show, but it features one. The Summit qualifies 15 to 20 third-party vendors to exhibit their goods and services on one of the days. The Summit Expo is held on the Tuesday of the conference, and we integrate it into the program, so you can visit the vendors and not miss out on any seminars you want to attend.

What happens on Sunday?

Sunday is our Registration day and also our so-called Crash Course Day. On this day, we offer optional seminars for those who are new to the software, who want to brush up on their fundamentals, or who want to explore a topic more deeply before the main part of the conference begins. Our Sunday Crash Courses are the only part of the curriculum not covered in the base conference fee. They carry an extra charge of $149 per two-hour course.

Sunday evening, we officially kick off the conference with our Welcome Reception, beginning at 5:00p, open to all patrons and partners.

Why should I choose this conference over a hands-on training course?

This is the question we are asked the most. We think that the Presentation Summit offers the best of all worlds, as we provide both hands-on and hands-off components.

The formal seminars are presentation style, with sessions typically attended by several dozen people. If they were conducted like a training class, all in attendance would be forced to go at the pace of the slowest person, and you would not be satisfied. Instead, you will be watching the program in action or illustrations of ideas on a large screen with a state-of-the-art projection system, professionally prepared and paced by one of our accomplished presenters. You are certainly welcome to bring a notebook computer with you to follow along (about 25% do), but it is neither required nor expected.

The hands-on component features our renowned Help Center, at your beck and call from morning to night every day. At the Help Center, a staff of experts flanks a small armada of networked computers, and their job is to say “Yes Ma’am” or “Yes Sir” when you approach them with any question or problem. You can bring files with you on media or bring them on your notebook. You can watch over their shoulders, have them watch over yours, or have them clear out so you can just experiment. However you decide to utilize it, the Help Center is about as hands-on as you can get. We have patrons who come just for the Help Center, and others who describe to us about the 15 minutes spent there on Sunday afternoon (before the conference officially began) that made the entire event worthwhile.

You write often about “experts”—who are these experts?

Got an hour? The list reads like a who’s who of presentation professionals and PowerPoint experts. We combine the following groups of people to form our team:

  • The true luminary and transcendent figures in the presentation industry, such as Garr Reynolds and designers from Duarte.
  • Members of Microsoft’s Most Valued Professional (MVP) team of volunteers who assist users from around the world.
  • Technical specialists who have developed international acclaim for their books, tutorials, training expertise, and perspective on presentation.
  • Leaders of firms who create presentations for some of the largest organizations in the world.
  • Members of the Microsoft team of product developers, the people responsible for creating PowerPoint.

What if the topics to be covered don’t address my particular needs?

See our comments above about our incredible Help Center. There, you can ask any question under the sun.

Why did you choose Las Vegas?

Ten years ago, it would not have been plausible to bring our type of conference to Las Vegas and we know many people who don’t think highly of the Strip, the signature area for which the town is famous. In fact, we count ourselves among them — if the Las Vegas Strip were our only option, we would not have considered it. Irrespective of all of its energy and excitement, one of those monster hotel/casinos would have devoured our 200-person event.

But Las Vegas has grown up. In particular, the adjacent cities have evolved from sleepy bedroom enclaves to vibrant communities. Green Valley Ranch is in the city of Henderson and is much more able to support the environment we seek to create than one of the 2000-room mega hotel on the Strip. We will have plenty of ballroom space, lots of elbow room at the pool and spa, and ample parking. The casino is clean, quiet (no ringing bells on the slot machines), and unimposing. All of the incredible shows, gambling, nightlife, and wild and craziness is a simple cab or free shuttle ride away. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the ideal setup.

That’s how we chose Vegas.

Can I bring my spouse or a friend and will he/she have to pay full price?

Yes and no, respectively. Spouses, domestic partners, and companions in general are welcome, and for as long as we have space available, we offer two options for accommodating them:

1. Single-day attendance at $500 per day. This includes full access to sessions, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and an after-hours reception for the day.

2. After-hours social activities at $150 for the duration of the conference. This provides access to our hosted after-hours receptions daily Sunday through Wednesday.

If you would like to provide for a companion through either of these options, he/she must register in advance and show a conference badge to enter the ballroom or reception area. Should the conference sell out, we will be unable to accommodate anyone not registered.

For more information, please call or email us.

So meals are provided?

Yes. Buffet breakfasts each morning, full sit-down lunches on Monday and Tuesday, morning and afternoon snacks, and evening hors d’oeuvres on multiple days. Wednesday’s lunch is on your own, as many in attendance choose to take some time for themselves or head out in small groups to local restaurants.

BREAKFAST: The conference provides a buffet-style continental breakfast which includes sliced fruit, breakfast breads, and a protein enhancement.

LUNCH: There is also a plated lunch on Monday and Tuesday. We can accommodate certain dietary restrictions at lunch. Should you require it, please indicate during the registration process whether you’d prefer a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free option. Special lunch selections must be ordered in advance.

Luncheon selections are published several days in advance via the conference app. If your individual dietary needs are not met by the above, there are many other dining options available both in the hotel and at the adjacent shopping area.

Will there be after-hours events?

Yes, we are already busy checking out all of the city’s hotspots. And you haven’t lived until you’ve watched or participated in our famous PowerPoint Trivia Contest, which will take place on Monday, right after the seminars conclude. Imagine a cross between Jeopardy and Family Feud, set to questions about PowerPoint.

How should I dress?

You should be comfortable, however you define it. Some people wear business suits and pants suits to our conferences, but most don’t. Most wear pants and slacks, many wear jeans and conference t-shirts. Expected Las Vegas temps in mid-October are high-70s during the day and mid-60s in the evening.

How do I get there?

Flying into Las Vegas is one of the easiest travel assignments you might ever have. McCarran International is serviced by all the major airlines, including Southwest, and offers robust international service. Most major U.S. cities offer non-stop service, and there are few cities across the globe that cannot get to Vegas within one stop.

It is about a 10-minute drive to our host hotel. Discount shuttle rides between the airport and hotel can be booked in advance here:

Las Vegas Airport Shuttle, using discount code PS2016.

Otherwise,  if you choose to rent a car, you will be able to park it for free at the Green Valley Ranch all week long.

The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

Video from
The Summit

Video from
The Summit

Nolan Haims: In the Corporate Trenches

Julie Terberg, the Makeover Maven

Rick Altman: When Animation is Done Right

Dr. Carmen Simon: Seduction and Presentation

Mike Parkinson: Group Exploration into Creativity

Glen Millar: Stupid Pet Tricks PowerPoint Style

Chris Bliss: The Hidden Miracle of Comedy

Ken Molay: Winning with Webinars

Echo Swinford: XML Files for the Masses

Rick Altman: How to Write Goo-, um...Well

Dave Paradi: Number Crunching and Presenting

The Magic of the Summit

Watch this movie about the conference and
see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today

Affordable, Accessible, Invaluable

Continuing a tradition of being one of the best values in end-user education, the Presentation Summit has maintained small business-friendly pricing since its inception in 2003. While comparably-sized conferences have fees that run in the several thousands, we maintain a perfectly-tuned infrastructure specifically designed for events of 200-225 patrons. We promise to keep our prices below the $2,000 mark for several years to come as long as you promise not to equate low prices with low value.

Main Conference:
Mon-Wed

$1,495
  • All seminars and workshops
  • Unlimited access to the Help Center
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • Full sit-down lunch on Mon and Tue

Sunday:
Optional Courses

$149 per course
  • Two-hour deep dives into fundamental topics
  • Small classes, lots of individual attention
  • The perfect jumpstart to the conference

Host Hotel:
Green Valley Ranch

$190 per night
  • In Henderson, less than 15 minutes from the Strip
  • Five miles from McCarron Airport
  • Call 702.617.7777

All conference registrants receive our robust Conference Guide and companion app, providing comprehensive information on all of the presentations offered, as well as valuable supplemental notes, useful applications, and other resources and literature.

You can hold your seat with a signed company purchase order or a credit card used as a guarantee. In either case, you would then get net+30 to pay for your registration.

This negotiated Conference rate is inclusive of all resort fees and is guaranteed through September 23. (If you are shopping online, make sure to note that resort fees are usually extras at the online hotel booking sites.) After Sep 23, the room rate is likely to rise to its typical October rate of over $250/night.


CANCELLATIONS: 80% refund given if cancellation is received in writing more than 21 days before event; 40% refund if between 14 and 21 days before event; no refund within 14 days of event.

The Presentation Summit

Making the world a better place, one presentation at a time

October 23-26  2016, Las Vegas

Ask us about it  •  Register today

The Presentation Summit
Oct 23-26 2016 • Las Vegas

Making the world a better place,
one presentation at a time

Ask us about it  •  Register today