Because we don’t just stop at seminars

Here is our lineup of special programs and after-hours events, listed here in chronological order. Several of these require reservations ahead of time. Sign up for as many as you'd like.

Presentation Makeovers

Monday – Wednesday

We are enthusiastically accepting candidates for showcase and makeover sessions. To many, this is the most rewarding aspect of our curriculum, and at the same time the most important contribution you can make to the fabric of the conference. Julie Terberg holds her Marvelous Makeovers session Monday morning, conference host Rick Altman conducts Real-World Makeovers for the Design-Challenged on Tuesday, and several other sessions rely on contributions from our patrons.

Hover over each of these before images to see their makeovers. Then imagine what kind of magic our designers might be able to spin for you. These makeovers would cost over $1,000 out in the world, but you would get yours at the Summit at no extra charge.

Sunday Crash Courses

All day, Sunday Aug 9

You won’t find a better way to jumpstart your conference experience than with our lineup of optional courses. Each two-hour workshop offers a meaty dive into a topic of fundamental interest to the presentation professional. Whether it is better delivery in front of an audience, insights into presentation design, or a primer on template creation, these might be the best $169 you’ll ever spend.

Business Round Table

Sunday evening, Aug 9

Join us after dinner on Sunday with an informal birds-of-a-feather gathering. For those interested in the business of presentation consulting, Nolan Haims leads the Entrepreneur’s Round Table. This low-key discussion is for anyone who has hung out, or is considering hanging out, his or her own shingle. It will begin at 9:00p at a location within the hotel to be announced.

The PowerPoint Trivia Contest

Monday, Aug 10

Our after-hours program comes alive with our now-famous PowerPoint Trivia Contest, featuring up to a dozen contestants competing on three teams for good-natured bragging rights and prizes. The beverages will be flowing immediately after the seminars break and you’ll want to be there to participate or spectate. There is no charge to play or watch, although participant spots fill up fast and you will need to sign up in advance. This event is open to patrons and exhibitors.

Please note that you do not need to be an expert user to participate; puzzle-solving, clue-giving skills, and being a good team player are more valuable to a team than PowerPoint knowledge. And humor and enthusiasm are perhaps the most important qualities of all!

The Pecha Kucha Revolution

Wednesday, Aug 12

We pay homage to an innovative style of presentation known as Pecha Kucha: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. What first might seem confining becomes liberating, as patrons learn to trust their own storytelling skills. It is a wonderful antidote to Death by PowerPoint because it forces you to develop your talk track first. This session will be led by Ric Bretschneider, one of the pioneers of the discipline, who will provide coaching and assistance before the conference.

Each year we accept about a half-dozen volunteers to participate. You will be glad to be one of them!

Digital Photography Field Trip

Tuesday, Aug 11

Our resident digital photographer will be leading our traditional Tuesday field trip, in which 15 of you will head out with your digital cameras. You will learn to identify photo opportunities, work your camera to its potential, and increase your enjoyment. There is no charge to attend, but this special seminar is limited to 15 people and you must sign up in advance. You would return to the hotel after lunch, and if you would like, a box lunch will be provided that you could take with you. This field trip fills up fast, and we will give priority to those who have not taken it in previous years.

Evening Receptions

From Saturday’s happy hour for early arrivers to Wednesday’s post-conference wind-down, you will get to socialize with your new conference buddies every evening. Most of these gatherings are hosted.

Dinners Out

Our staff will happily help you plan dinner and evening excursions around the resort or to restaurants nearby. Just wait until you meet Jennifer—her badge reads “Cruise Director.”

Tuesday Night Party

Join us Tuesday evening for an outdoor, fully-catered celebration close to our hotel. (We’re also working on something on that beautiful lake that’s right outside–stay tuned.) This is a wonderful way to celebrate all we’ve learned and new friends we’ve met on what will be for many our last night together. Make sure to wear your conference badge; it’s your ticket in.


Those able to stay on after the conference get to wind down with us as we become tourists and head into downtown Seattle for a day of exploring the sights of this famous city. We hope you can plan your schedule to join us for that.