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Get ready for Professional Certifications with an all-day prep workshop to help you earn your stripes

As our industry evolves and matures, so does the need to demonstrate proficiency and value to organizations that seek to employ or hire you. The Presentation Guild is taking a leadership position in this growing opportunity and is introducing Professional Certifications, a set of tests to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and acumen and earn a credential for them.

The Presentation Summit is partnering with the Guild to offer an extraordinary opportunity to prepare you for and help you pass this comprehensive test. Our Certification Prep Workshop will take place the day before the conference begins, Sat, Aug 8, at our conference venue. Those who want to earn their stripes in the presentation profession need only come in one day early and sign up.

Background on Certifications

The Guild’s professional certifications measure and affirm proficiency and competency in various aspects of the presentation industry. They require a specified amount of industry experience and are granted upon an assessment of an individual’s knowledge and skills. Professional certifications carry ongoing requirements that must be maintained. For the many advantages to both the individual and to the organizations considering hiring or employing that person, visit the Guild’s Certification page.

The Preparatory Workshop

Our all-day workshop on Oct 5 is an intensive and comprehensive prep course with one aim in mind: to help you pass the Certified Presentation Specialist test and earn your credential. With dozens of lessons, hundreds of examples, a practically unlimited amount of Q&A, and practice quizzes, you will leave this day more confident in your skills and knowledge, totally prepared for the assessment exam, and oh yes, ready to reap maximum benefits of the conference about to take place.

The workshop will be led by Echo Swinford, president of the Guild, member of Microsoft’s MVP team of support professionals, and internationally acclaimed PowerPoint expert.


The Cert Prep Workshop costs $495 and that includes a voucher of $200 toward the cost of the assessment exam. For anyone intent on certification, you are essentially getting this full day of instruction and training for under $300.

When you register for the conference, you can add the Cert Prep workshop to your lineup of activities. If you want to attend the Saturday workshop but not the conference, choose Other under Main Conference and choose the workshop from the subsequent choices.

What you get

This full day includes the following:

  • Coverage of the major categories of skills and knowledge that will be represented on the assessment exam
  • A spreadsheet to document experience/education hours needed to take the exam
  • Study guide for the exam
  • Practice test for the exam, and
  • Voucher of $200 toward the cost of the exam


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Many of our patrons arrive at the conference on Saturday for better airfare and/or more relaxed travel. As a result, one of the most popular parts of the event has been our optional crash course program. These two-hour workshops are designed to jump-start your conference experience, offering primers on the fundamentals and on topics with which you might not be familiar or feel you might need a bit more grounding. These courses carry a modest extra fee; they are the only part of the curriculum that is not covered by your registration fee.

We will announce our three crash courses for 2020 soon after the new year; for reference here are the 2019 offerings, and they follow our established pattern: a workshop on presentation skills, another on presentation design, and one on an essential PowerPoint skill or technique.

Present with Presence
How do elite speakers succeed? Learn the secrets
Presenting is a blend of the artistic and the technical. This two-hour interactive workshop explores how elite speakers deliver messages with power and impact.

Farewell to Death by PowerPoint!

A guide to the presentation universe
Can a two-hour course arm you with all of the fundamentals for effective presentation work? This one will try with a tour of all four of the key tenets to good presentation: message, design, PowerPoint, and delivery. It is the perfect jump-start to your conference experience. This is normally an $895 workshop and is only offered here to conference patrons; no day passes available.

From Story to Slides
A killer start-to-finish approach to making amazing presentations
Create clear, compelling, and powerful presentations in less time and with higher success.

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Read fully-formed outlines of these courses