The Presentation Summit, Oct 12-15, 2014
Do you have a great story to tell?
We know from 20 years of experience in the conference business how important it is to present the most useful and engaging material, and have it presented in the most professional manner. It is what separates us from a trade show that cares more about its traffic flow and attendance figures than its seminar tracks.
There are several prerequisites for speaking at the Presentation Summit:
- You have something significant to say: you have a unique perspective on a topic or issue of interest to presentation professionals; you have undertaken an extraordinary presentation project that others would benefit witnessing; or you have devised a clever and creative strategy for producing something that otherwise would be extremely difficult.
- You have proven and demonstrable experience speaking before a group and can furnish a video clip as a sample.
- If you intend to show software technique, you are comfortable being your own narrator as you take hand to mouse to drive the software while a crowd of many dozens watches you.
Our presentations are 60 minutes long and generally take one of three forms: 1) A compelling story about how the presentation medium was used for extraordinary purpose; 2) A step-by-step journey through how a slide deck was created, using an imaginative technique, clever workaround, or compelling design; 3) Authoritative advice with respect to best practices in presentation.
In the first case, you would be expected to craft an engaging message and deliver it with maximum impact. In the second case, you would be expected to actually drive the software as you demonstrate the unique aspects of your technique. In the third, you would just need to be insanely great.
And in all of these cases, you would be expected to prepare handout material, following a specific editorial guideline which we would furnish. You would also allow us to place finished files and/or the building blocks for a project on our conference download site, so the patrons can get a refresher on your message and/or reverse-engineer your techniques upon their return home.
Two moments of reality, based on our experience:
1) The demands of giving a presentation about presentations to an audience of presentation professionals is no small challenge. Candidly, to be thought of as the PowerPoint guru within a specific industry is not enough credential to qualify you to speak at the Summit. This group won’t impress as easily as your peers back home.
2) Speaking at the Summit is not your free pass to it. We regularly receive proposals from patrons and sponsors to speak at the conference and we are always looking to cultivate new talent. However, you would be expected to register for the conference as a patron or as an exhibitor/sponsor. If you are invited to speak and you accept, a personal honorarium would be paid to you, separate from any fees paid to the conference.
Think of the last big trade show that you attended. Did you not have to enter to a maze of pipe and drape, get a badge from a smileless worker, and then ask directions of someone who looked like a cop? Now you know precisely what we insist on avoiding at our events. We have several openings for general assistants who would report to our seminar and registration managers. You would help on the first day by greeting people and helping them with registration. Then as room monitors during the presentations, to make sure that the lights are on and off when they should be, the speaker’s needs are met, and general happiness prevails. Then on the final day, you would assist with tear-down and pack-up.
Qualifications for these jobs are not Einsteinian, but they are non-negotiable: Energy, enthusiasm, and an over-abundance of friendliness. PowerPoint expertise is not a job requirement here. As these are all public positions, you would be able to attend the seminars and other conference events.
We also have openings for volunteers who are comfortable with digital camcorders. We video record our sessions from fixed tripod positions and those cameras need simple baby-sitting before and after sessions, and then each evening, files need to be uploaded to a storage device. Qualifications for these positions are a basic comfort level with gadgets and gear.
Candidates accepted to these positions would see their registration fees reduced.