The Presentation Summit, Sep 27-30, 2015

Sep 27-30, New Orleans LA

Schedule of Seminars

Our agenda will remain a work in progress throughout the first quarter of next year. Here is the 2014 schedule, to give you an idea of the topics that we cover.

Sun

Time
Session
10:00am - 2:30pm
Delivery Skills Workshop
How to be heard in a sea of voices
A powerful small-group coaching experience, in which participants receive personalized videotaped coaching, individual guidance, and supportive group feedback.
Optional Crash Course
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Template Repair Workshop
Under-the-hood fixes for your PowerPoint templates
An introduction to the common and not-so-common issues most users encounter with template management, along with practical advice on how to avoid them.
Optional Crash Course
3:00pm - 5:00pm
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.
Optional Crash Course

Mon

Time
Session
8:30am - 9:30am
Simplicity
How Much Can You Take Away?
Simplicity of design, of intention, and of message are more important than ever. How can we use simplicity to battle bureaucracies, design by committee, and fear?
Keynote Address
9:45am - 10:45am
How I Survived Death by PowerPoint
Quick techniques so you can survive, too
Simple principles to guide you in slide design...so you don’t end up like me!
Design
9:45am - 10:45am
Presentation Silver Bullets
Five steps to success
Learn the five silver bullets that could guarantee a successful presentation. Use one or all to make your next presentation a winner.
Build
9:45am - 10:45am
Special Delivery
Know thyself, know thy audience, know thy medium
We explode the myth that effective public speaking is a skill with which you must be born.
Deliver
11:15am - 12:15pm
The Makeover Maven
Before-and-after examples from your work
A presentation makeover is about deconstruction and simplification more than embellishment. Remove extraneous details and leave only what is necessary for clear, visual communication. We will use patron-submitted work as examples.
Design
11:15am - 12:15pm
Round-Trip Video
Amazing things happen when you export and import video
Build a complex slide in PowerPoint, export it as a video file, reimport that video file, build more on top of it, and you have one incredible effect.
Build
11:15am - 12:15pm
Office Mix: Not Just Peanuts
From slide deck to lesson
This new tool makes it incredibly easy to turn PowerPoint decks into interactive, online presentations and lessons.
Deliver
2:00pm - 3:00pm
We Are All Presenters Today
An accelerated coaching session
Here is your chance to participate in an actual delivery coaching session. Everyone in attendance will receive inside secrets in this highly interactive session.
General Session
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Power of Video Infographics
Engagement and Retention at the Intersection of Dynamic and Data
Animated videos are dynamic and allow you to control the pace and path through the material, but they can become fluff if the content isn't right.
Design
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Building Templates for Others
When it’s not just about you
When you’re creating a template, it’s usually for others to use. There are many things you can do to help end users and this session provides that know-how.
Build
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Broadening Your Role
From Presentation Designer to Communication Consultant
Even those without world-class delivery skills can enhance their contributions by understanding what to look for and how to rally important resources.
Deliver
4:30pm - 6:00pm
The PowerPoint Trivia Contest
Our annual hour of hilarity
Because all work and no play...well, you know the rest
Special Event
9:00pm - 12:00am
Late-Night Trans-Pacific Guru Session
Stay up with us and delve into PowerPoint Zen
We hardly ever stop at the Summit and the Guru Session is proof positive. Led by a 17-year member of the PowerPoint development team, this session features stories you won’t get anywhere else. And this year, there will be a special visitor.
Special Event

Tue

Time
Session
8:30am - 9:30am
Listen, Learn, Share, Succeed
Success from the Outside In
Reach your biggest professional and personal goals and eliminate your worst challenges
Keynote Address
9:45am - 10:45am
Inspired by Design
Where to turn for new visual ideas
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.
Design
9:45am - 10:45am
Win, You Must
Prezi and Jedi mind tricks can change hearts and minds… and get more ROI
The ability to show visual context in your ideas means your content is more memorable and engaging.
Build
9:45am - 10:45am
Outside of Spitting Distance
Best practices when presenting online
Tools like Skype, Ready Talk, and Lync allow you to present around the world in mere moments. Learn the best practices for connecting with your virtual audience and discover equipment to invest in for quality broadcasting.
Deliver
11:15am - 12:15pm
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.”
Design
11:15am - 12:15pm
Say Goodbye to PowerPoint Anarchy
Five simple rules to get companies on brand
Revealing the secrets to successfully utilizing PowerPoint as a branding tool and a major company-wide time saver.
Build
11:15am - 12:15pm
Financials Can Be Beautiful
Turning numbers into visuals
Too many presenters struggle with how to show numeric information visually. This session shows what visuals would work for the most common categories of messages that need to be communicated in financial presentations.
Deliver
2:00pm - 3:00pm
When Strangling Isn't an Option
You don't need Houdini to get through a brick wall
Everyone can relate: You try everything to communicate with that difficult person and you still end up saying something you shouldn't. This keynote will teach you how to stay calm and professional when you really want to scream, bite, and kick.
Keynote Address
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Confessions of a Presentation Designer
Real-life tools, tricks and sneaky shortcuts for working better and faster
Good presentation design does not fall from the heavens, and successful presentation designers do not reinvent the wheel with every slide
Design
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Now You See Them, Now You Don’t!
Why do headers and footers go bump in the night?
When features don’t work as they should, sometimes you just need to do an end-run around them. That describes how we must work with PowerPoint’s Headers and Footers.
Build
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Origami Secrets of Paper Presentations
PowerPoint Meetings without Projectors
The features and practices of creating presentations meant to be distributed, not projected
Deliver

Wed

Time
Session
8:30am - 9:30am
Memos, Memes, and Movements
Slides are becoming strategic platforms
Twitter-length attention spans, the endless demand for fresh content, and a deep hunger for authentic connection are creating a perfect storm of communication challenges for our field.
General Session
9:45am - 10:45am
Collaborate!
Developing Presentations in a Collaborative Setting
PowerPoint and the dynamic, collaborative strategy-making process
Design
9:45am - 10:45am
Unleashed!
Our favorite anarchist runs wild
We won’t be able to describe this session for you because even if we knew what Glen was going to do, it would defy description. Just show up and be ready for anything.
Build
9:45am - 10:45am
Catching up with Pecha Kucha
Embracing constraint makes for awesome presentations
Twenty slides, 20 seconds each. The Pecha Kucha presentation style entertains and informs, and is the antithesis of Death by PowerPoint.
Deliver
11:15am - 12:15pm
Surviving Handout Hell
Do you print your slides as handouts? Stop doing that!!
If you believe that a slide can be effective as your live visual and as your handout, let us disabuse you of that misguided notion.
Design
11:15am - 12:15pm
Windows 8 Survival Guide
For when it’s time to upgrade
Are you one of the many Windows 8.1 users driven insane because you can’t find the Start Menu?
Build
11:15am - 12:15pm
The Discerning Presenter
Asking the right questions
Making wise decisions before an audience is all about knowing the questions to ask and being able to reach effective conclusions with those answers. This hour shows how.
Deliver
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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.
Special Event
3:15pm - 4:00pm
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 stories, as told by the conference team and patrons alike.
General Session