Editorial

A New Era of Video Making?

If you think creating videos from PowerPoint is a difficult endeavor, you have not met one of the Presentation Summit’s newest partners. Powtoon is a leading visual communication platform that lays stake to the claim that anyone can create their own successful videos and presentations, without any design or technical skills. You can “create a…

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Create a Video, Score a Summit Pass

We make no secret of our love and admiration for video and our belief that it is one of the most evocative and powerful media of all. So when the folks at Powtoon came with an idea for a promotion, we jumped. The leading integrator of video into PowerPoint wants to hold a contest? Best…

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What the f— do we do with all this s—??

Public profanity is a new phenomenon and I can’t quite decide if it is a nadir or a zenith. Perhaps it is both, and as such, it has fascinating implications for anyone involved in public presentation.

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Leadership Workshop Offers Hope and Optimism

Once a year, I participate in Leadership Santa Clara, a wonderful initiative that many cities (not just Santa Clara) conduct in order to seek out and cultivate local leaders in city government and community endeavors. This six-month program, led by SAE Communications, explores governance, volunteerism, environment, media, health, culture, and business communication with bi-weekly gatherings…

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Found in Translation

I have colleagues who specialize in helping people communicate in languages other than their own. I know experts in this field, and I can say without equivocation that I am not one of them. I am pretty good at using words like equivocation in my native tongue, but when it comes to the finer points…

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Meet Modupe Wigwe: Globetrotting Sweepstakes Winner

In a whirlwind five weeks that saw nearly 1,500 people enter the biggest sweepstakes in Presentation Summit history, there can be no question that our winner is motivated to attend the conference. After all, she will travel through nine time zones to get to San Diego, and the $500 voucher won’t be nearly enough to…

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All Expenses Paid Trip to Summit Up for Grabs

San Diego Sweepstakes Worth Over $4,500 In its 16-year history, the Presentation Summit has offered plenty of drawings for free passes. This summer, however, lays waste to the entire landscape of Summit giveaways with the San Diego Sweepstakes, worth over $4,500. For the month of June, and in conjunction with its promotional partner eLearningArt, the…

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Is My Conference Racist?

It came out of nowhere. A one-time patron and presenter — I’ll call him Jon because, well, because his name is Jon — called me out by name on social media. “Hey, Rick Altman, not one person of color presenting at this year’s Presentation Summit? C’mon, man.” He also included a mash-up of photos of…

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