The Presentation Summit has announced its first keynote speaker for the 2014 event, to be held October 12-15 in San Diego CA. Nolan Haims, former executive at Edelman P.R. and now heading up his own presentation consultancy, will make his fifth trip to the conference. He will speak on a topic that he says has practically become a personal mantra:
What do the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, a Beatles song and Star Wars have in common? And why is it that the vast majority of presentations sweated over and and crammed with information each day are instantly forgotten? The answers lie in one of the hardest of all objectives to achieve: simplicity.
“Simplicity of design, of intention and of message are more important than ever,” says Haims. “In our current environment of 24-hour information, media and consumerism, how can we use simplicity to rise above the din? And how can we battle the enemies of simplicity such as bureaucracies, design by committee and fear?
“A designer knows he or she has achieved perfection, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. I love taking the lessons of successful simplification that are all around us every day and finding ways to put those lessons to use in my and my client’s work.”
Conference host Rick Altman has a more practical matter at hand, as well. “The decision to offer Nolan a keynote was a no-brainer for me,” he jokes, “because when he was in the tracks, practically everyone went to his seminars. We got tired of lining up chairs in the foyer outside the breakout rooms!”
The Presentation Summit enters its 12th season this year and registration is open. Complete information is available at www.PresentationSummit.com.